Wade Redden retires from NHL

Updated: January 9, 2014, 4:33 PM ET
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TORONTO -- Former star defenseman Wade Redden has retired after 14 seasons in the NHL.

Redden played with Ottawa, the New York Rangers, St. Louis and Boston. He finished with 457 points -- 109 goals and 348 assists.

The 36-year-old player announced his decision Thursday through the NHL Players' Association.

"I would first and foremost like to thank my family and friends for their unconditional love and support," he said in a release. "I would also like to thank my teammates, coaches and staff for all the great memories created throughout the years. To the fans, I appreciate all your support throughout my career.

"Playing in the National Hockey League has been a dream come true and I feel very proud and privileged to have played more than 1,000 games in 14 NHL seasons."

Redden helped key Ottawa's run to the Stanley Cup finals in 2007. After playing his first 11 seasons with the Senators, he signed a six-year deal with the Rangers in 2008.

In the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, he signed a one-year deal with St. Louis. He was traded to Boston and played five playoff games for the Bruins as they advanced to the Stanley Cup finals.

Redden was on the 2004 Canadian team that won the last World Cup of Hockey. He also played at the 2006 Turin Olympics and won a silver medal at the 2005 world hockey championship.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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