October 1, 2019 / 10:00 PM / 18 days ago

Forward Stempniak retires from NHL after 13 seasons

FILE PHOTO: Jan 30, 2018; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes forward Lee Stempniak (21) skates with the puck as Ottawa Senators forward Alexandre Burrows (14) defends during the second period at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports - 10576595

Forward Lee Stempniak announced his retirement from the NHL on Tuesday after 13 seasons and 911 games played for 10 different teams.

Stempniak appeared in just two games with the Boston Bruins last season, playing a total of 7:49, but he played in all 82 games as recently as 2016-17 with the Carolina Hurricanes, when he tallied 16 goals and 24 assists.

The 36-year-old has 203 goals and 266 assists in his career, which began with the St. Louis Blues in 2005, after they took him in the fifth round of the 2003 draft. Stempniak had 130 points in 233 games across three-plus seasons with the Blues, including a career-high 52 points in 2006-07.

He reached 40 points in a season five times and had a career high of 28 goals in a season, set in 2009-10 between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Phoenix Coyotes.

Stempniak also played for Calgary, Pittsburgh, the New York Rangers, Winnipeg and New Jersey. He played in 28 postseason games, notching three goals and three assists.

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