Numminen ends two-decade NHL career

Updated: August 5, 2009, 12:53 PM ET
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TORONTO -- Veteran defenseman Teppo Numminen will retire after 20 seasons in the NHL.

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The 41-year-old Finn was an unrestricted free agent after playing the last four seasons in Buffalo Sabres. He also had stops in Winnipeg, Phoenix and Dallas during his career.

He made the announcement Wednesday, saying "playing hockey in the NHL and also for my country, Finland, was very enjoyable."

The three-time All-Star had 17 points in 57 games for the Sabres last season. In 1,372 career games, he recorded 117 goals and 520 assists.

"I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to play with and against the best players in the world for so many years," Numminen said.

Numminen accumulated six medals in his international hockey career with Finland, including a silver at the 2006 Turin Olympics.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.