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Vern Fiddler announces retirement from National Hockey League

14 Septembre 2017

Forward Vernon Fiddler, who played 14 National Hockey League seasons, announced his retirement Wednesday.

The 37-year-old Canadian's announcement was made in The Players' Tribune, some three months after his Nashville Predators fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup Finals - a run that Fiddler called "the flawless way to finish my career".

After going undrafted and eventually signing with the Predators in 2002, Fiddler went on to have stints in Arizona, Dallas and New Jersey before returning to Nashville in February. The 37-year-old dressed in nine of the Predators' 22 playoff games, including first two games of the Cup final. He scored just one goal in 20 games with Predators.

"The Cup run that followed was the ideal way to finish my career".

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Fiddler scored 104 goals and posted 261 points in 877 games with the Predators, Coyotes, Stars and Devils.

He began his National Hockey League career with the Nashville Predators back during the 2002-03 campaign and spent his first six seasons with the franchise before signing with the Phoenix Coyotes during the summer of 2009.

Vernon Fiddler is hanging up his skates after an illustrious career that nearly wasn't. "And to be honest, it was just icing on the cake - my whole career was".

Vern Fiddler announces retirement from National Hockey League