Former Blue Jason Arnott announces retirement

Former Blue Jason Arnott announces retirement

Former Blue Jason Arnott announces retirement

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by Andrew Allsman, HockeyStL

KMOV.com

Posted on November 5, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 5 at 3:24 PM

(HockeyStL) -- The end of a long and prosperous career came to an end on Tuesday afternoon as Jason Arnott announced his retirement from the game of hockey.

Arnott spent 18 seasons in the National Hockey League, including one season with the St. Louis Blues. Arnott split his 18 seasons between six teams, including: Edmonton, New Jersey, Dallas, Nashville, Washington, and most recently, St. Louis.

In 1,244 career games, he posted 938 points (417 goals, 521 assists). In Arnott’s one season with the Blues, he played in 72 games and had 17 goals, 34 points.

A 12-time 20-goal scorer, Arnott’s career is considered to be one of the better to ever grace the NHL. Arnott, who scored 30 or more goals in three separate seasons, also posted 50 or more points in 11 different seasons. His career best season was the 2005-06 campaign with the Dallas Stars, during which Arnott has 76 points (32 goals, 44 assists).

The highlight of Arnott’s career, according to the former forward, was his Stanley Cup-winning goal in double overtime of Game 6 of the 2000 Stanley Cup Finals against Dallas. Arnott was playing for the Devils at the time and he scored against Ken Hitchcock’s Stars. Ironically, Arnott went on to play for Hitchcock, who was, and still is, coaching the Blues, 11 years later.

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“Each of the teams I played for provided me with great experiences and memories, and our Stanley Cup team in New Jersey certainly stands out among all of them,” Arnott said in a press release.

Arnott’s career began in 1993 with the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers drafted Arnott seventh overall in the 1993 draft. Arnott would net 33 goals and tally 68 points in his rookie year with the Oilers.

After bouncing around quite a bit for 17 seasons, Arnott joined the Blues for the 2011-12 season. It was the final campaign of his career. Arnott was not re-signed by the Blues and after a deal with the New York Rangers fell through last January due to a failed physical by Arnott, the forward remained a free agent. After spending a year on the market without generating new interest, Arnott decided to call it quits.

Arnott’s career consisted of two NHL All-Star nominations, 64 game-winning goals, and 13 playoff appearances in 18 years.

“I would like to thank everyone who helped me throughout my NHL career, including my family, friends, teammates and fans. 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,” said Arnott.

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