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D Sutton steps off ice at age 38

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Longtime NHL defenseman Andy Sutton is calling it a career at age 38, announcing his retirement on Wednesday after sitting out the 2013 season with a knee injury.

Sutton last placed for the Edmonton Oilers during the 2011-12 season, when he saw action in 52 games. He completed the final year of a one-year, $1.75 million contract.

"My NHL career enabled me to not only play the game I love, but to also be a part of something that so many kids dream about growing up," Sutton said. "Throughout my 15 years in the league, I have played for some exceptional hockey teams and have met quality people and friends along the way."

The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Sutton, an undrafted free agent, played 676 career games for San Jose, Minnesota, Atlanta, the New York Islanders, Ottawa, Anaheim and Edmonton. He finished with 38 goals, 150 points, 1,185 penalty minutes, 1,164 blocked shots and 1,134 hits.
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