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Roberto Luongo calls it quits after 19 NHL seasons

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One of the best goaltenders in NHL history has decided to retire.

Veteran netminder Roberto Luongo announced Wednesday that he is riding off into the sunset and calling it quits after 19 seasons in the NHL.

“This is one of the toughest decisions I’ve faced in my life and it took me a long time to make it,” Luongo wrote in an announcement via Twitter.

“After thinking about it a lot over the past two months and listening to my body, I made up my mind. It just feels like the right time for me to step away from the game. I love the game so much, but the commitment I required to prepare, to keep my body ready, has become overwhelming.”

The 40-year old, who was selected 4th overall in the 1997 NHL Draft, compiled a 489-392-24 record, 2.52 goals against average and a .919 save percentage over a span of 1,044 regular season games and 70 playoff games split between the Florida Panthers and Vancouver Canucks.

The six-timeAll-Star and recipient of the 2011 William M. Jennings Trophy holds plenty of Panthers and Canucks franchise records, and holds NHL records for most saves in a single season (2303 in 2003/04), most shots faced in a single season (2488 in 2005/06), most home games played in a single season (41 in 2006/07) and most regular season overtime wins, all-time with 49.

He ranks fourth all-time among goalies in wins, and third in games played.

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Connor McDavid out 2-3 weeks with quad injury

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The Edmonton Oilers were dealt some horrible news on Tuesday.

The team announced that their superstar forward Connor McDavid will be sidelined for the next two-to-three weeks after suffering a quad injury during Saturday night’s 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators.

Oilers GM remains optimistic that the injury will not be long-term, adding that it is “totally unrelated” to the knee injury he dealt with for the entire offseason.

The 23-year old has recorded 30 goals and 51 assists in 55 games this season.

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Joe Thornton becomes 14th NHL player to reach 1,500 career points

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San Jose Sharks great Joe Thornton has reached another big milestone.

After recording two assists in the team’s 3-1 road win over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday, Jumbo Joe became just the 14th player in NHL history to reach the 1,500 point mark.

The 40-year old pushed off its significance, but couldn’t help but look back and admire what has become of his career.

“I just said it means I’m getting old,” joked Thornton after the game.

“But it just means I’ve played on a lot of good teams, played with a lot of great players. I’m just fortunate to stay healthy. That’s all that really means.”

Thornton is in his 15th season with the Sharks after being dealt to the organization in a trade with the Boston Bruins back in November 2005.

He has compiled 415 goals, and 1,085 assists over a span of 22-plus NHL seasons and 1,620 regular season games, and ranks 14th all-time in points (1500), seventh in assists.

Despite never winning the Stanley Cup, he has a lot of accolades to be proud of to this point in his career. On top of being selected to six NHL All-Star games, he was also a recipient of the Art Ross Trophy and Hart Memorial Trophy in 2006.

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Tomas Hertl out for remainder of season with with torn ACL, MCL

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The bad news keeps on piling up for the San Jose Sharks.

The team has learned that forward Tomas Hertl will be sidelined for the remainder of the season due to a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee.

Hertl sustained the injury when he was checked into the boards by Quinn Hughes following a shot on net early in the first period of the Sharks’ 5-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday.

The 26-year old ends his 2019/2020 campaign with 16 goals and 20 assists in 48 games.

The Sharks are sixth in the Pacific Division with a 22-26-4 record.

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