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Monday, February 9, 2004
Updated: February 10, 4:51 PM ET
Hackett played in 27 games this season

Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia goaltender Jeff Hackett retired Monday because of vertigo, which sidelined him for nearly a month.

Jeff Hackett
Hackett

"For the past three weeks, I've been working hard on and off the ice, looking forward to returning to play," Hackett said. "Although I'm not symptom-free of the vertigo, I've been confident that eventually I'll feel normal again.

"I realize that in the world of professional sports, timing is everything and at the moment, it doesn't appear to be on my side."

The 35-year-old Hackett missed nine games because of vertigo and was not at practice Monday.

The Flyers acquired goalie Sean Burke from Phoenix later Monday. They also have been without Robert Esche, out with a sprained left knee.

Hackett was 10-10-6 in 27 games for the Flyers this season, with a 2.39 goals-against average, three shutouts and a .905 save percentage.

Hackett finished his 15-year career with a 166-244-56 record, 2.90 goals-against average, .902 save percentage and 26 shutouts in 500 regular-season games for the New York Islanders, San Jose Sharks, Chicago Blackhawks, Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins and the Flyers.