Arnott calls it quits after 18 NHL seasons

St. Louis Blues center Jason Arnott celebrates his power play goal against the San Jose Sharks...

St. Louis Blues center Jason Arnott celebrates his power play goal against the San Jose Sharks April 16, 2012. (REUTERS/Robert Galbraith)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:32 PM ET

One of the NHL’s longest-tenured players announced his retirement Tuesday.

Jason Arnott, who played for the Edmonton Oilers, New Jersey Devils, Dallas Stars, Nashville Predators, Washington Capitals and St. Louis Blues over 18 seasons, has skated for the final time in his career.

The 39-year-old centre finishes as a Stanley Cup champion (Devils, ’00), 12-time 20-goal scorer and two-time NHL all-star.

“I would like to thank everyone who helped me throughout my NHL career, including my family, friends, teammates and fans,” Arnott said. “Playing in the NHL was my dream, and I am very proud and appreciative of the fact I was able to play at the highest level for 19 years, with the best players in the world.”

Arnott last played in the NHL for the Blues during the 2011-12 season, finishing with 17 goals and 17 assists through 72 games.

Arnott hangs up his skates having potted 417 goals while adding 521 assists over 1,244 regular-season games.

A seventh overall pick at the 1993 draft, Arnott is widely remembered for scoring the game-winning, and Stanley Cup-winning, goal for the Devils in Game 6 of the 2000 playoffs against the Dallas Stars.

Arnott’s tentative one-year deal with the New York Rangers last season was scuttled after he failed a physical, according to ESPN, effectively ending his career.


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