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Scott Stevens calls it a career

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Scott Stevens, who captained the New Jersey Devils to three Stanley Cup titles, has decided to retire.

Stevens spent 13 of his 22 NHL seasons with the Devils, helping the club to Stanley Cup crowns in 1995, 2000 and 2003. He was a 13-time All-Star Game selection and twice was named a First-Team NHL All-Star.

The 41-year-old will remain with the Devils in a yet to be determined role.

"Scott Stevens is one of the most respected players to ever play in the National Hockey League," said Devils CEO/President/General Manager Lou Lamoriello in a statement. "Scott gave 100-percent in every practice and every game, and epitomized professionalism both on and off the ice. He gave the New Jersey Devils 13 great seasons, and the National Hockey League 22 great years. We look forward to having him remain within the organization."

Stevens missed 44 games during the 2003-04 season after suffering a head injury in a January 7 game against Pittsburgh, then sat out the playoffs as well. Health issues, however, are not believed to be the reason for Stevens' decision.

Only Gordie Howe, Mark Messier and Ron Francis have played more NHL games than Stevens' total of 1,635. He holds the NHL record for most career playoff games by a defenseman with 233.

Stevens began his career with Washington in 1982 and spent eight years with the Capitals before playing one season with St. Louis. After the 1990-91 campaign with the Blues, he was awarded to the Devils as compensation for St. Louis' signing of Brendan Shanahan.

The feared blueliner was known more for his punishing hits and stellar play in his own end, as he led the Devils in scoring in 1993-94 with a career-best 78 points. His 18 goals that season are the most by a defenseman in team history, while his 60 assists still stand as the club single-season record.

Stevens posted 196 career goals and 712 assists for 908 points. As a Devil, he scored 93 goals with 337 assists for 430 points.

In the 2000 post-season, Stevens became just the seventh defensemen to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

09/06 20:55:32 ET


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