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Chris Stewart announces retirement after 12 NHL seasons

Chris Stewart, who played for seven NHL teams over his 12-season NHL career, has retired.

The 32-year-old made the announcement on social media Sunday.

“I would like to formally announce that today after 13 years of playing professional hockey and 668 NHL games I’m retiring,” Stewart wrote on Twitter. “I plan to elaborate and fully explain when I find all the words I have to say became my journey and experiences deserve it. Hockey literally saved my LIFE!!”

In his retirement note, Stewart alluded to post-hockey opportunities he was excited to engage in, though did not name any specifics.

Drafted by the Colorado Avalanche 18th overall in 2006, the forward set what would be career highs in goals (28), assists (36) and points (64) with the Avalanche during his sophomore season.

Stewart went on to play with the St. Louis Blues, Buffalo Sabres, Minnesota Wild, Anaheim Ducks, Calgary Flames and the Philadelphia Flyers.

“To all my teammates: the battles, the dressing room banter, the dinners on the road, someone constantly complaining, the laughs!!!” Stewart wrote. “Man a lot of laughs. Those moments I’ll cherish forever.”

By the end of his career, Stewart scored 322 points (160 goals, 162 assists) in 668 regular-season games and 11 points (six goals, five assists) in 39 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Most recently he was a member of the Flyers, picking up one assist in 16 games this season.

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