NHL - Sharks skipper Blake retires

Reuters - Sat, 19 Jun 07:24:00 2010

San Jose Sharks captain Rob Blake has retired from the NHL after 20 seasons.

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The 40-year-old Blake played with the Los Angeles Kings, Colorado Avalanche and San Jose, winning a Stanley Cup championship with Colorado in 2001.

Blake made the announcement at a news conference in San Jose, the team said on its website.

He won the Norris Trophy as the league's top defensive player in 1998 with Los Angeles and was a finalist two other times.

Blake spent the past two seasons with the Sharks and in March became the third NHL defenseman over the age of 40 to collect at least three assists in a game.

He represented Canada in three Olympics and five world championships.

"Rob is a prime example of what is great about the game of hockey - the best players never act like they are bigger than the game," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement.

"He had the ability to lead in the dressing room not only because of his elite skill level but also because his blue-collar heartbeat allowed him to relate to and earn the respect of all of his team mates."

He finished his career with 777 points, 240 goals and 537 assists, which ranks him 18th all-time among NHL defensemen.


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