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Theo Fleury announces his retirement

September 28, 2009 | 11:31 am


One of the NHL's most talented agitators is calling it quits.

Theo Fleury announced his retirement today after being released from a tryout with the Calgary Flames last week. The 41-year-old was trying to make an unlikely return to the NHL after a six-year hiatus from the league. He had four points in four preseason games.

Fleury made his NHL debut with the Flames more than two decades ago and was a member of Calgary's 1989 Stanley Cup team. He also won a gold medal playing for Canada in the 2002 Winter Olympics. Ongoing substance abuse problems derailed his career in 2003.

He finished with 455 goals and 1,088 points over a 15-year NHL career.

-- Austin Knoblauch

Photo: Theo Fleury gets emotional today as he announces his retirement during a press conference in Calgary. Credit: Jeff McIntosh / Associated Press