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Ryan Smyth rookie

The Oilers chose Smyth with the sixth pick in the 1994 NHL draft. He made his debut with the Oilers in January 1995 and, after a brief stint in the minors, was in Edmonton for good by the fall of 1996.

Ryan Smyth - Through the years

Special to Yahoo Sports

Ryan Smyth, affectionately known as "Captain Canada" for his loyalty to the national team, announced his retirement from the NHL on Friday. Here's a look back at the Alberta native's 19-season career, the vast majority of which was spent with the Edmonton Oilers.