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Scott Stevens retires after 22 NHL seasons

  |   Sept. 6, 2005 at 9:15 PM
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Scott Stevens, who captained the New Jersey Devils to three Stanley Cup titles, announced his retirement on Tuesday.

Stevens, 41, spent 13 of his 22 NHL seasons with the Devils, helping the club to Stanley Cup crowns in 1995, 2000 and 2003. He was a 13-time All-Star Game selection and twice was named a First-Team NHL All-Star.

The Devils said Stevens will remain with the hockey team in a yet to be determined role.

Stevens missed 44 games during the 2003-04 season after suffering a head injury on Jan. 7, 2004, and sat out the playoffs as well.

Only Gordie Howe, Mark Messier and Ron Francis have played more NHL games than Stevens' total of 1,635. He holds the NHL record for most career playoff games by a defenseman with 233.

Stevens began his career with Washington in 1982 and spent eight years with the Capitals before playing one season with St. Louis.

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