Veteran centre Pierre Turgeon retires after 19-year NHL career

The 38-year-old was limited to only 17 games last season with the Colorado Avalanche because of groin and calf injuries. “It’s with confidence that I’m going to begin this new chapter in my life,” Turgeon said at a news conference Wednesday to announce his retirement. “Hockey is a team sport, and I admit my teammates will be greatly missed.”

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Turgeon was an unrestricted free agent.

He had 515 goals and 1,327 points in 1,294 career games.

Turgeon won the Lady Byng Trophy for sportmanship and gentlemanly conduct while playing for the New York Islanders in 1993.

As for his future plans, Turgeon said in the short-term he’ll coach his daughter Elizabeth’s under-16 girl’s hockey team.