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Al MacInnis retires after 23 seasons

Updated: September 10, 2005, 9:36 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Blues defenseman Al MacInnis retired after a 23-year career on Friday, citing the NHL lockout last season and not an eye injury that forced him to miss virtually all the 2003-04 season.

"My health is good and my will is strong," MacInnis said at a news conference, his voice breaking several times. "But today it is time to count my blessings.

"This game has given me everything I've got today. It's time to unlace my skates and give thanks."

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