Lemieux retires after short stint with Sharks Staff

7/8/2009 9:50:16 AM

After 1,215 career NHL games with Montreal, New Jersey, Colorado, Phoenix, Dallas and San Jose, winger Claude Lemieux formally announced his retirement from hockey on Wednesday.

Lemieux won four Stanley Cups and is one of only eight players to win a championship with three different teams (Montreal, 1986; New Jersey, 1995 and 2000; Colorado, 1996).

"I want to thank my former teammates from my entire career for all of their support," said Lemieux in a statement released by the Sharks. "I feel very fortunate that I was able to have a career like I had.  There have been many great NHL players who did not get the opportunities to win that I had.  I played for a long time but it went by so very fast."

Lemieux posted career 786 points (379 goals, 407 assists) and 1,777 penalty minutes, along with 58 game-winning goals.

His 234 playoff games played are fifth all-time behind only Chris Chelios, Patrick Roy, Nicklas Lidstrom and Mark Messier.