Olausson reportedly to retire because of liver ailment

Updated: February 24, 2007, 6:29 PM ET
Associated Press

KARLSTAD, Sweden -- Veteran defenseman Fredrik Olausson, who won a Stanley Cup ring with the Detroit Red Wings in 2001, will retire from hockey because of illness.

Fredrik Olausson

The 40-year-old Olausson needs a liver transplant, according to his Swedish Elite League team Farjestad Web site. He became ill in December and underwent surgery twice.

Olausson played only 12 games for Farjestad this season, the last one in December.

Olausson played seven seasons with the Winnipeg Jets. He was traded to the Edmonton Oilers in 1993 and later played for Anaheim and Pittsburgh.

In 1,022 regular-season NHL games, Olausson had 147 goals and 434 assists.

He won a Swedish league title with the team in 1986 and played on the Swedish team that won the 1989 world championship.

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