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Hockey Simon Gagné announces retirement from NHL after 14-year playing career

NHL player Simon Gagné announces his retirement after 15 years in the league, as two of his children, Lili-Rose, left, and Matthew play around, Tuesday, September 15, 2015 in Quebec City.

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Simon Gagné announced his retirement Tuesday after playing 14 NHL seasons, winning the Stanley Cup with the Los Angeles Kings and capturing a gold medal with Canada at the 2002 Olympics.

Gagné, whose time in the league was plagued by injuries, still put up 291 goals and 310 assists in 822 career regular-season games for the Philadelphia Flyers, Kings, Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins.

The left-winger was a major contributor to the Flyers' run to the 2010 Cup final, scoring two game-winning goals as Philadelphia erased a 3-0 series deficit to beat the Bruins.

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"Breaking my foot, coming back in Game 4 and scoring the overtime goal and after that slowly coming back in that series and able to go to Boston, going down 3-0 in that Game 7 and coming back and scoring that power-play goal ... (was) definitely one of my best moments with the Flyers," Gagné said on a conference call.

The Ste. Foy, Que., native was the 22nd pick in the 1998 draft and broke into the league as a 19-year-old. He was fourth in Calder Trophy voting as rookie of the year when he had 20 goals and 28 assists in 1999-2000.

Gagné was a 40-goal scorer twice and scored 37 goals in 109 playoff games. He was injured for much of the 2012 playoffs but was still able to lift the Cup with the Kings.

"It is the dream of all hockey players that play in the National Hockey League," Gagné said. "But not only that, when you take that Cup, it's all the sacrifice you did when you were younger, what your parents did and all the bruises, the injuries you had to go through, all the ups and downs and all the hard times. This is the best feeling in the world."

Gagné called winning gold with Canada at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games the top moment of his career. Gagné had a goal and three assists in six games.

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