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MacInnis hangs it up

All-Star defenseman takes job in Blues organization

Posted: Friday September 9, 2005 3:59PM; Updated: Friday September 9, 2005 3:59PM
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ST. LOUIS (SI.com) -- St. Louis Blues defenceman Al MacInnis announced his retirement from the NHL on Friday after a 23-year career.

The hockey club said MacInnis will remain in the organization in a hockey operations and marketing capacity.

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"Like that of all players, Al's career has unfortunately and finally come to an end," Blues general manager Larry Pleau said in a statement. "However, it gives us great satisfaction to know that his unparalleled expertise and experience will continue to benefit the Blues as he accepts a new position on our staff."

MacInnis, 42, was the second perennial all-star defenceman to retire this week after New Jersey's Scott Stevens called it a career Tuesday. Centre Vincent Damphousse retired on Wednesday.

MacInnis, from Port Hood, N.S., hasn't played since October 2003. He suffered a serious eye injury during a game early in that season. Doctors discovered a partially detached retina and performed surgery.

The detached retina was in the same eye that MacInnis injured in January 2001 when he was struck in the eye by a stick.

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