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Goodbye Beezer

Devils' backup goalie retires shortly after Game 7

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Posted: Sunday June 10, 2001 1:04 AM

DENVER (AP) -- New Jersey backup goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck ended a nearly two decade NHL career by retiring shortly after the Devils lost the Stanley Cup.

Vanbiesbrouck, who was acquired late in the season from the Islanders, was hoping to end his career with his first cup, but it didn't happen as the Devils lost to Colorado 3-1 in Game 7 Saturday night.

"I just feel like it's time to pursue other endeavors," said Vanbiesbrouck, who didn't see any action in the playoffs. "I came in as a young 18-year-old in Colorado and played my first game. It's ironic my last game is here, too. It's been a special 20 years."

Vanbiesbrouck, 37, also appeared in the finals in 1996 with the Florida Panthers. He played all four games as Florida was swept by Colorado.

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