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Two-Time Stanley Cup Champion Jamie Langenbrunner Calls It A Career

Jamie Langenbrunner Retires

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Jamie Langenbrunner played 18 seasons in the NHL, but was unable to find work this season and has officially announced his retirement. The forward leaves behind many great memories from a career that spanned nearly two decades, and though his offensive production had trailed off as he struggled to stay healthy the last two seasons Langenbrunner was held in high regard by teammates and opponents alike. He won a Stanley Cup with the Dallas Stars in 1999, and agains won one while leading the New Jersey Devils in playoff scoring in 2003. Langenbrunner also represented the United States at the 1998 and 2010 Olympics, captaining the team that won silver in Vancouver.

The Stars drafted Langenbrunner in the second round of the 1993 draft, and after a very productive 1995-96 season in the IHL (25 goals, 65 points in 59 games for the Michigan K-Wings) he joined Dallas for good. He played more than five seasons there before he was traded to the Devils, and his first full season there proved to be one of the best of his career. He scored 22 goals and had 55 points in the regular season, then scored 11 goals in the playoffs. His time in New Jersey continued to be successful for many years, and he posted a career-high 29 goals and 69 points in the 2008-09 season. He made a return to the Stars for the second half of the 2010-11 season, and then signed a one-year contract with the St. Louis Blues for the following season. Langenbrunner had 24 points in 70 games and signed for another season, but after the lockout he was limited to only four games due to a torn labrum that required surgery.

Langenbrunner leaves behind a great legacy beyond the two Stanley Cups and Olympic medal, and he will be remembered for years to come as a great clutch scorer in the playoffs. His 12 playoff game-winning goals put him in elite company, and his career totals of 243 goals and 663 points in 1,109 games played show how valuable he was to three different NHL teams.

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