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Barret Jackman to Retire from NHL

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Rugged Defenseman to hang up skates after 13-year Career


ST. LOUIS-One of the NHL’s most rugged blueliners of the last 15 years has decided to call it career and will make it official in just over 24 hours.

The St. Louis Blues have announced that they will hold a press conference tomorrow for defenseman Barret Jackman, who will be announcing his retirement from the NHL.

Jackman spent 13 seasons in the league, 12 of them with the Blues.

After playing in one game with St. Louis during the 2001-02 season, Jackman joined the Blues for his first full season in 2002-03. It would be a memorable one, personally, for the British Columbia native as he would go on to win the Calder Trophy that year as rookie of the year.

It was in that season where Jackman would establish his rugged style of play as he accumulated a career-high 190 penalty minutes. He also displayed an ability to help keep the other team off the board as he finished the year with a career-high +23 plus/minus rating.

After an injury-plagued sophomore season allowed him to play in only 15 games in 2003-04, Jackman returned to his rugged ways in the post-lockout 2005-06 campaign. He would accumulate 156 penalty minutes in just 65 games that year.

He would go on and tame that ruggedness down a bit, though, through the remaining years of his career as he never surpassed more than 97 penalty minutes the rest of the way during his time in the NHL.

After spending 12 seasons in St. Louis, Jackman would spend what eventually turned into his final NHL season with the Nashville Predators during the 2015-16 campaign. He had originally signed a two-year deal with the Predators, but Nashville bought out the remaining year of his contract in June.

Never known as an offensive threat on the back end, the 35-year-old finished his career with just 29 goals and 186 points in 876 games. He would also get two goals and seven points in 53 career playoff games.

Despite having a lengthy run in the NHL, Jackman never really tasted much playoff success, unfortunately.

He would reach the second round of the playoffs only twice in his career, never getting to the Conference Final. His best opportunity came this past spring when the Predators were ousted in seven games in the second round by the San Jose Sharks.

Although he never won a Stanley Cup, Jackman was able to taste victory as a member of Team Canada at the 2007 World Championships where he won a gold medal with Canada.

The press conference is scheduled for 2:00 PM CT tomorrow at the Scottrade Center. Scheduled to join Jackman at the announcement are St. Louis general manager Doug Armstrong, as well as former teammates Chris Pronger and Al MacInnis.