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Jere Lehtinen announces NHL retirement from Stars

Jere Lehtinen has officially retired from the NHL, ending a 14-season career spent entirely with the Dallas Stars.

The 37-year-old Lehtinen had taken an extended time before deciding that he had played his last game. He announced his decision Wednesday.

Lehtinen got an assist on Brett Hull's Stanley Cup-winning goal in Game 6 of the 1999 finals at Buffalo.

In 14 seasons from 1995-2010, Lehtinen appeared in 875 regular season games, scoring 243 games with 271 assists. He also appeared in 108 playoff games, with 27 goals and 22 assists.

A five-time Olympian, Lehtinen is the only Finnish player to win a Stanley Cup and a gold medal at the World Championships (1995).