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Olausson reportedly to retire because of liver ailment

KARLSTAD, Sweden -- Veteran defenseman Fredrik Olausson, who
won a Stanley Cup ring with the Detroit Red Wings in 2001, will
retire from hockey because of illness.

The 40-year-old Olausson needs a liver transplant, according to
his Swedish Elite League team Farjestad Web site. He became ill in
December and underwent surgery twice.

Olausson played only 12 games for Farjestad this season, the
last one in December.

Olausson played seven seasons with the Winnipeg Jets. He was
traded to the Edmonton Oilers in 1993 and later played for Anaheim
and Pittsburgh.

In 1,022 regular-season NHL games, Olausson had 147 goals and
434 assists.

He won a Swedish league title with the team in 1986 and played
on the Swedish team that won the 1989 world championship.