Andy Sutton retires from NHL

Defenseman Andy Sutton officially announced his retirement from the National Hockey League on Wednesday.

Sutton's NHL career started with the San Jose Sharks in 1998-99, before he went on to play with the Minnesota Wild, Atlanta Thrashers, New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, Anaheim Ducks and finally the Edmonton Oilers where he finished his career.

"My NHL career enabled me to not only play the game I love, but to also be a part of something that so many kids dream about growing up," Sutton said. "Throughout my 15 years in the league, I have played for some exceptional hockey teams and have met quality people and friends along the way. None of what I accomplished on the ice would have been possible without the unwavering support of my family, friends, teammates and fans who made playing hockey even more enjoyable."

The 38-year-old, who had 12 surgeries during his career, missed the entire 2012-13 season due to a knee injury.

Sutton played in 676 NHL games, recording 1,134 hits, 1,164 blocked shots and 1,185 penalty minutes, while also scoring 38 goals with 112 assists for 150 points in his career.