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14 – Year NHL Veteran Simon Gagne Retires from the National Hockey League

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Today, seasoned left-winger Simon Gagne retired from the National Hockey League. Originally drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers with the 22nd overall pick in the first round of the 1998 NHL Entry Level Draft, Gagne is a two-time NHL All Star, and has had an extremely successful career playing in the NHL. In addition to Gagne’s 11-year tenure with the Philadelphia Flyers, the Quebec native played for the Tampa Bay Lightning, and he was a member of the Los Angeles Kings organization.

After winning the Stanley Cup as a member of the Los Angeles Kings in the year 2012, Gagne was traded back to the team where he spent many years of his hockey life, Philadelphia. In the year 2014, Simon Gagne signed a professional tryout with the Boston Bruins. On October 14, 2014 Gagne was signed to a professional contract by the Bruins following his successful stint in training camp. However, Gagne’s contract was terminated by the team in January of 2015. Following the death of Gagne’s father, Simon did not feel that he was prepared to continue playing professional hockey, and in the best interest of the team, Gagne agreed to have his contract terminated by the Boston Bruins so the team could have an active roster.

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During his tenure playing professional hockey, the 6 ft. 1 left-winger has represented his native country of Canada on 5 different occasions. Simon competed for Team Canada in the World Championships in the years 1999 and 2005. Additionally, Gagne was an active member of team Canada during the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. Furthermore, Gagne was a member of Team Canada at the World Cup in the year 2004.

Gagne recorded 601 points while playing 882 games in the National Hockey League. Simon Gagne ranks 9th on the Flyers all-time list in goals, and 10th in most career points in Philadelphia’s history.

As stated by Simon Gagne , “Today I want to thank my trainers and teammates.  You inspired me to surpass myself. You made me understand that you need more than talent; it takes sacrifice and discipline and you need to work harder than your rivals. I also wish to thank my fans. Every evening, you energized me and inspired me to perform.”

Gagne is looking forward to spending more time with his wife Karine, his kids Mathew and Lily Rose, and his friends.

Simon Gagne has had a magnificent career playing in the National Hockey League, and Gagne’s former teammates and coaches are delighted and thankful to have had the opportunity to get to know him and his family

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