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'I feel extremely fortunate': former Flame Matt Stajan announces retirement

Last Updated Dec 3, 2019 at 12:58 pm MST

Calgary Flames' Matt Stajan celebrates with the crowd after a goal. (Larry MacDougal/CP)
Summary

Stajan played 18 seasons in the NHL, eight in Calgary with Flames

Became 317th skater in NHL history to suit up in 1,000 games

Scored series-winning goal in Flames' 2014-15 first-round playoff series against Canucks

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – After 14 seasons in the NHL, former Calgary Flame Matt Stajan has announced his retirement.

Stajan, who was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2002 played in 1,003 NHL games.

He played five years in Toronto before being traded to the Calgary Flames, where he played eight seasons.

Nearly four years into his tenure with the Flames, Stajan was signed to a contract extension that would ultimately allow him to finish his NHL career in Calgary.

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“As a kid growing up in Mississauga, Ontario, it was my dream to one day play in the NHL. To have had this dream come true, and have been able to play the sport that I love so much for so many years, is something I feel extremely fortunate and grateful for. The memories that I have made will truly last a lifetime,” he said.

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Off the ice, Stajan has had deep ties to Calgary’s Foothills Medical Centre following the death of his first-born child, Emerson, shortly after birth in 2014.

The hospital has renamed one of its emergency pods to honour Emerson and the Emerson Stajan Foundation also has been created.

“I am filled with feelings of gratitude and joy as I close this chapter of my professional playing career. I have so much to be proud of and grateful for, and will forever cherish all the memories I have made over the years,” Stajan said. “Thank you everyone for making this incredible journey as a professional athlete one that I will never forget.”

He resides in Calgary with his wife Katie and their two sons, Elliot and Dylan.

 

– with files from The Canadian Press

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