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Defenceman Blake to retire after 21 NHL seasons

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TSN.ca Staff
6/9/2010 5:06:15 PM
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After 21 NHL seasons, Rob Blake is calling it a career.

The veteran defenceman is expected to make an official announcement on his retirement as early as next week.

Blake, 40, played in 1,270 career NHL games with the Los Angeles Kings, Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks, scoring 240 goals and 777 points. His best season came in 1993-94, when he posted 68 points.

The Simcoe, Ontario native helped lead the Kings to the Stanley Cup Final in 1993 and won his first and only Stanley Cup with the Avalanche in 2001.

Blake also won the Norris Trophy as the league's best defenceman in 1998, was a First Team All-Star that same season and was named to three Second Team All Star berths. He played in three Winter Olympics with Team Canada, winning a gold medal in 2002. He also won gold at the IIHF World Championship in 1994 and 1997.

As captain of the Sharks this past season, Blake played in 70 games, scoring seven goals and 30 points.

Rob Blake (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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