Former Canadien, Red Wing Mathieu Dandenault retires after 13 seasons

MONTREAL – Mathieu Dandenault, who won three Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings and later played for the Montreal Canadiens, has retired from hockey.

Dandenault, 34, also played on the Canadian team that won a world championship in 2003 in Finland.

The Sherbrooke, Que., native last played in the NHL in 2008-09 with Montreal. Last season, he joined the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League, but was sidelined by a tear in his groin and opted to leave the team in March.

”A couple of teams invited me to camp but I said no,” said Dandenault, who played both a forward and on defence. ”I’m comfortable with my decision.

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”It was a childhood dream to play in the NHL and having had the opportunity to play for two Original Six franchises made it even more special.”

Dandenault, a second-round pick of Detroit in 1994, played 868 career NHL games and had 68 goals and 135 assists.

He played his first nine years in Detroit, where he won Cups in 1997, 1998 and 2002, and realized a dream by playing his final four years with the Canadiens. He will now begin play for the Canadiens’ oldtimers team, he said.