Andy Sutton retires from NHL

Frederick Breedon

Defenseman lasted played during 2011-12 season with the Edmonton Oilers

Defenseman Andy Sutton announced his retirement from the NHL via the NHL Players' Association website on Wednesday morning.

Sutton played in 676 career regular season games and collected 150 points (38 goals, 112 assists) over 15 years in the league. Originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the San Jose Sharks, Sutton made his NHL debut in the 1998-99 season. Over the course of his career, he spent time with the Anaheim Ducks, Atlanta Thrashers, Edmonton Oilers, Minnesota Wild, New York Islanders and Ottawa Senators.

The 38-year-old defender last played during the 2011-12 season while with the Oilers. He entered 2012-13 signed to a one-year, $1.5 million contract but was unable to play due to a knee injury. Injury was something he became used to, as he underwent 12 surgical procedures over the span of his career.

Sutton expressed gratitude for the support he received during his career, via NHLPA press release:

"My NHL career enabled me to not only play the game I love, but to also be a part of something that so many kids dream about growing up. Throughout my 15 years in the league, I have played for some exceptional hockey teams and have met quality people and friends along the way. None of what I accomplished on the ice would have been possible without the unwavering support of my family, friends, teammates and fans who made playing hockey even more enjoyable."

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