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San Jose Sharks defenceman Rob Blake retires after 20-year NHL career

SAN JOSE, Calif. – San Jose Sharks captain Rob Blake has retired after a 20-year career as one of the league’s top defencemen.

Blake announced his decision at a news conference Friday.

Blake, 40, won a Stanley Cup with Colorado in 2001, the Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenceman for Los Angeles in 1998, and an Olympic gold medal for Canada in 2002.

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Blake is 10th on the career list with 240 goals as a defenceman. He finished his career with 537 assists and 777 points. His 136 power-play goals are the third-most by an NHL defenceman, trailing only Hall of Famers Ray Bourque with 173 and Al MacInnis with 166.