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Oilers defenceman Andy Sutton retires

Andy Sutton, shown here taking out Maple Leafs centre Tyler Bozak in February 2012, announced his...

Andy Sutton, shown here taking out Maple Leafs centre Tyler Bozak in February 2012, announced his retirement Wednesday. (Perry Nelson/QMI Agency)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:55 PM ET

EDMONTON - National Hockey League forwards are breathing a little easier this morning.

Andy Sutton has made it official, he won’t be hurting them anymore.

Sidelined all season by a knee injury, the 6-foot-6 defenceman announced his retirement after 15 seasons in the league.

The 38-year-old wanted to come back last season for one final year with Edmonton, but a “broken chunk of femur” that flared up during off-season training and needed two surgeries to repair forced him to sit out the lockout-shortened schedule.

“I didn’t know that the last game of the season we played in Vancouver may have inevitably been my last,” he said after the first surgery. “It’s definitely not the way I thought I’d go out after a good, long career. But at the same time, this has allowed me to be here around my family now. I think having a child has changed my perspective about everything and certainly my priorities.”


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