Juneau runner-up for Calder in '93

Updated: May 2, 2004, 12:00 PM ET
Associated Press

MONTREAL -- Canadiens forward Joe Juneau announced his retirement from the NHL on Saturday, two days after Montreal was swept out of the playoffs by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

"It's taken two years to prepare myself," the 36-year-old Juneau said. "I know that the time for retirement has come."

A Canadiens spokesman said Juneau has not notified the team of his intention to retire.

"The team has become younger and younger," Juneau said. "It's harder to make friends on the club. I love being with young people, but when it comes to relationships, it's difficult."

The seventh-seeded Canadiens rallied from a 3-1 series deficit in the first round against Boston but then lost four straight to Tampa Bay, the Eastern Conference's top team.

"The series should have been 2-2, and we should be in Tampa," he said. "We didn't deserve what happened. But it's often a question of chance, except that we never stopped believing."

Juneau, educated as an engineer, has accepted a job at a company in his hometown of Pont-Rouge, Quebec.

A fourth-round pick of Boston in 1988, Juneau had 70 assists and 102 points in his rookie season of 1992-93 with the Bruins.

His point total ranks fourth on the NHL's list of rookie scoring, but he finished second in rookie of the year voting to Winnipeg's Teemu Selanne, who set first-year scoring marks with 76 goals and 132 points.

Juneau had five goals and 10 assists in 70 games this season, and added an assist in 11 playoff games. He finished his career with 156 goals and 416 assists in 828 NHL games with Boston, Washington, Buffalo, Ottawa, Phoenix and Montreal.


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