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Blake retires after 20 seasons

Updated: June 18, 2010, 6:25 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Early in his 20th season, Rob Blake realized that this would be his final one as an NHL player.

Even as he performed at the level of a player younger than his 40 years, helping the San Jose Sharks reach the Western Conference final, he didn't waver. Blake made his decision official Friday, announcing his retirement from a career that most likely will end at the Hockey Hall of Fame.

"I knew it was the right time. I have no regrets," he said. "I understood it was ...

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