Ray Ferraro announces retirement

ST. LOUIS, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- St. Louis Blues center Ray Ferraro, who played in 1,258 games during an 18-year NHL career, Friday announced his retirement to take a job in broadcasting.

In recent years, the 37-year-old Ferraro has filled in as an ESPN studio analyst during the network's playoff telecasts.


Ferraro ended his career with 898 points, registering 408 goals and 490 assists. He ranks 36th on the NHL's all-time games played list.

"Ray has been a player that has always handled himself as a class individual and came to the rink every day to play," St. Louis general manager Larry Pleau said. "I have been happy to watch Ray's success throughout his career and we wish him continued success in his future endeavors."

The British Columbia native recorded 12 seasons with 20 or more goals, one 30-goal campaign and two seasons with 40 or more goals.

Ferraro scored a career-high 41 goals for the Hartford Whalers in 1988-89 and registered a career-high 80 points for the New Islanders in 1991-92.

Originally drafted by the Whalers in 1982, Ferraro made his NHL debut in 1984 and spent seven seasons in Hartford. He was traded to the Islanders midway through the 1990-91 campaign and played parts of five seasons for them.


He played in 65 games for the New York Rangers in 1995-96 before being traded to the Los Angeles Kings. He spent four seasons in Los Angeles before serving as the Atlanta Thrashers captain for three seasons.

During the 2000-01 season, he set single-season Atlanta records for points (76) and assists (47).

"In his three seasons in Atlanta, Ray played a very important role in the development of the Thrashers organization," Atlanta president and general manager Don Waddell said. "He established himself, on and off the ice, as a tremendous leader with an outstanding work ethic and dedication to the community."

Ferraro was traded to St. Louis on March 18 and played in the Blues' final 14 regular season games. In 76 games last season, he registered a combined 14 goals and 23 assists.

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