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Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Jamie Langenbrunner calls it a career

By Richard Durrett

Jamie Langenbrunner, who was drafted by the Dallas Stars and played an integral part in claiming the organization's only Stanley Cup in 1999, announced his retirement on Wednesday after 16 NHL seasons.

Langenbrunner had 10 goals and 17 points in 23 playoff games during that 1999 run for the Stars.

Jamie Langenbrunner
Jamie Langenbrunner, who helped the Stars win the Stanley Cup in 1999, announced his retirement Wednesday.

The 38-year-old forward appeared in 1,109 games for the Stars, New Jersey Devils and St. Louis Blues and played on the 1998 and 2010 U.S. Olympic hockey teams. He scored 243 goals and had 420 assists in his career and recorded a plus-minus rating of plus-62. He won another Stanley Cup in 2003 with New Jersey.

The native of Cloquet, Minnesota, scored 58 game-winning goals in the regular season and recorded 87 points in 146 playoff games.

"It was a dream come true to have the opportunity to play in the NHL for 16 seasons. The friendships I developed with my teammates, and also the people in the communities where I played, will always be cherished by my family and I," Langenbrunner said in a statement. "I would like to thank Bob Gainey, Lou Lamoriello and Doug Armstrong for giving me the opportunity to play against the top players in hockey, in the best league in the world. I'd also like to thank my coaches and teammates for helping a kid from Minnesota enjoy a long, fulfilling hockey career.

"Finally I'd like to thank my truly amazing family for all their sacrifices they made so I could live my dream."

Langenbrunner was taken 35th overall by the Stars in the 1993 draft, right before the club's first season in Dallas after moving from Minnesota. He became a fulltime NHL player in 1996, accumulating 39 points in 76 regular season games as a rookie.

He was traded to the Devils along with Joe Nieuwendyk on March 19, 2002, in a deal that brought Jason Arnott, Randy McKay and a first-round draft pick to Dallas. A year later, Langenbrunner won his second Stanley Cup. He had 11 goals and 18 points in another terrific postseason performance to help claim the title.

Langenbrunner returned to Dallas in January of 2011 and played in 39 games before finishing his career in St. Louis.