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Lehtinen Officially Retires From NHL

Wednesday, 12.8.2010 / 3:30 PM CT / News
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Lehtinen Officially Retires From NHL

FRISCO, Tex. – Former Dallas Stars player Jere Lehtinen officially announced his retirement today as a player in the National Hockey League.

Statement from Jere Lehtinen:

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“First of all, I wanted to thank Joe Nieuwendyk and the Stars organization for giving me some time to come to this decision. They respected the fact that I wanted to be 100 percent sure prior to making this announcement, and I appreciated that.

It’s a tough decision due to the fact that you play hockey your entire life and then must decide to stop playing. However, I choose to focus on all the great times I had playing over the past 15 seasons, understanding that I am very fortunate to have played all those years with one organization. The memories I have playing in Dallas will never be forgotten and I will always be proud of the fact that I finished my career where I started it.

There are so many people that have positively influenced my career, including the entire Dallas Stars organization, the coaches, the players, the trainers, the fans and most importantly, my family. To all of those people I want to say thank you. Everybody that touched my career in some facet, whether small or large, had an impact on me and I will always remember that. Thank you.”


Lehtinen, 37, played 14 seasons in the NHL (1995-2010), all with the Dallas Stars. He appeared in 875 regular season games for Dallas, scoring 243 goals and 271 assists for 514 points with 210 penalty minutes. Lehtinen also played in 108 playoff games for the Stars, tallying 27 goals and 22 assists for 49 points and 12 penalty minutes. He won the Stanley Cup with Dallas in 1999, assisting on Brett Hull’s Cup-clinching goal in Game Six at Buffalo.

Lehtinen among Stars’ all-time franchise leaders:
  • Ranks 8th in franchise history in all-time scoring (514 pts.).
  • Ranks 3rd in franchise history in games played (875).
  • Ranks 7th in franchise history in goal scoring (243).
  • Ranks 10th in assists (271).
  • Ranks 1st in +/- (+176)
  • Ranks 3rd in game-winning goals (37).
  • Ranks 4th in playoff games (108).
  • Ranks 6th in playoff goals (27).

Other notable accomplishments:
  • Won Selke Trophy (Best Defensive Forward) three times (’98, ’99, ’03) – One of only four players in NHL history to win three-or-more (also Bob Gainey, 4, Guy Carbonneau, 3, and Pavel Datsyuk, 3).
  • Was nominated for the Selke Trophy six times.
  • Led the Stars in goal scoring in three seasons:
    • ‘06-07: 26 goals
    • ‘05-06: 33 goals
    • ‘02-03: 31 Goals
  • Remains the only Finnish player in history to win both a Stanley Cup (1999) and a gold medal at the World Championships (1995).
  • Played in five Winter Olympic tournaments for Finland (1994- bronze; 1998- bronze; 2002; 2006 – silver, 2010 - bronze).
  • All-time among Finnish players in NHL:
    • 5th in Goals with 243 (1 behind EsaTikkanen).
    • 7th in Points with 514.
    • 8th in games played with 875.
    • 10th in Assists with 271.
    • 2nd in plus/minus at +176 (behind only Jari Kurri, +282).
    • 4th in Power Play goals with 77.
    • 6th in game-winning goals with 37.
    • 3rd in playoff games with 108.
    • 4th in playoff points with 49.
    • 4th in goals with 27.
    • Tied for eighth in assists with 22.
  • Chosen to play in the NHL All-Star Game twice (1998, 2002 – did not play due to injury).
  • Notched seven 20-goal seasons over his career, only Mike Modano (16) and Brian Bellows (10) have more in team history.
  • Career +/- at +176 ranks 67th all-time in NHL history.






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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 77 48 22 7 225 215 103
2 x - NSH 76 47 21 8 218 183 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
5 CHI 74 44 24 6 209 172 94
6 VAN 74 43 27 4 212 199 90
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
9 CGY 75 40 28 7 219 199 87
10 SJS 75 37 30 8 210 212 82
11 DAL 75 36 29 10 232 240 82
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 75 27 44 -6 71
T. Seguin 65 33 34 -3 67
J. Spezza 75 16 40 -4 56
J. Klingberg 58 10 27 5 37
C. Eakin 71 17 17 -4 34
A. Goligoski 75 4 30 -1 34
T. Daley 61 16 17 -10 33
A. Hemsky 69 11 21 -7 32
S. Horcoff 71 11 17 7 28
V. Fiddler 73 12 14 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 33 15 10 .907 2.84
J. Enroth 14 26 2 .900 3.28
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