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Hackett played in 27 games this season

Updated: February 10, 2004, 4:51 PM ET
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia goaltender Jeff Hackett retired Monday because of vertigo, which sidelined him for nearly a month.

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"For the past three weeks, I've been working hard on and off the ice, looking forward to returning to play," Hackett said. "Although I'm not symptom-free of the vertigo, I've been confident that eventually I'll feel normal again.

"I realize that in the world of professional sports, timing is everything and at the moment, ...

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