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12-08-2010, 04:53 PM
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Lehtinen retires from NHL

http://stars.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=545769


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Jere Lehtinen retires

http://stars.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=545769

A statement from Jere:

“First of all, I wanted to thank Joe Nieuwendyk and the Stars organization for giving me some time to come to this decision. They respected the fact that I wanted to be 100 percent sure prior to making this announcement, and I appreciated that.

It’s a tough decision due to the fact that you play hockey your entire life and then must decide to stop playing. However, I choose to focus on all the great times I had playing over the past 15 seasons, understanding that I am very fortunate to have played all those years with one organization. The memories I have playing in Dallas will never be forgotten and I will always be proud of the fact that I finished my career where I started it.

There are so many people that have positively influenced my career, including the entire Dallas Stars organization, the coaches, the players, the trainers, the fans and most importantly, my family. To all of those people I want to say thank you. Everybody that touched my career in some facet, whether small or large, had an impact on me and I will always remember that. Thank you.”

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Not that shocking.

Thanks for the memories, Jere!

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There goes my favorite player of all time. I really hope his number gets retired but I'm almost 100% certain it won't.

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One of the best defensive forwards to ever play the game! Going to miss him

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There goes my favorite player of all time. I really hope his number gets retired but I'm almost 100% certain it won't.
Why are you certain? I bet it'l be retired next year.

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Aww...this makes me sad. The hope he may come back for a playoff run made me feel better. I know it was inevitable but it still makes me sad.

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Goodbye, Lehts.

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That statement might be longer than all the quotes he gave in his NHL career combined.

Aww, Lehtinen. I will miss him and his indefatigable ability to retrieve a puck on a dump and chase or win the key puck battle. I love Eriksson, but he is a pale imitation of what he was in his prime.

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I'm so glad that I made that decision to come to see the Stars play last March when Jere and Mike were still playing.. I only got to see 2 games of Mo but Jere was there blocking shots every single night. It was great to see/hear about how the fans considered Jere to be a legend in the team and many of them still wore Jere's jerseys from the 90´s..

I don't think the Finnish channels would had shown too much of the Stars, if it wasn't for Jere in the 90´s when I started to follow the NHL.. Everyone talks about Selänne and Koivu but ´cause Jere was always playing in the playoffs with the Stars and not available for the WC, he sort of got forgotten in Finland in the 2000´s. But all the people that follow hockey here have the same respect for Jere and his loyalty for the Stars is highly noted here.

Good luck for the future Jere and hope to see you in a Slayer gig next time..


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Why are you certain? I bet it'l be retired next year.
Looking through the list of retired numbers, it consists either of hall of fame calibre offensive talents, of players that died during their playing career. There are some exceptions like Terry O'Reilly (wtf) but I'm not optimistic. Although if Bob Gainey's number was retired by the Habs, I don't see why the Stars wouldn't retire Lehtinen's, considering the Habs understandably should have stricter standards for number retirement.

I'm also just pessimistic so I'm not disappointed if his number isn't retired.

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Looking through the list of retired numbers, it consists either of hall of fame calibre offensive talents, of players that died during their playing career. There are some exceptions like Terry O'Reilly (wtf) but I'm not optimistic. Although if Bob Gainey's number was retired by the Habs, I don't see why the Stars wouldn't retire Lehtinen's, considering the Habs understandably should have stricter standards for number retirement.

I'm also just pessimistic so I'm not disappointed if his number isn't retired.

There is no doubt his number will be retired
"Won Selke Trophy (Best Defensive Forward) three times (’98, ’99, ’03) – One of only four players in NHL history to win three-or-more (also Bob Gainey, 4, Guy Carbonneau, 3, and Pavel Datsyuk, 3)."
Nominated for it three times.

Just look at the status on the website.

It will be retired. Him and Modano will be the twins and both will be retired on the same day.

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Lehtinen, Modano, and Zubov should all be retired in my opinion.

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Lehtinen, Modano, and Zubov should all be retired in my opinion.
Second this.

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Lehtinen, Modano, and Zubov should all be retired in my opinion.
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Happy trails, Jere! One of the best two-way forwards in NHL history, you left your mark in this league, and thankfully it was as a Dallas Star.

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One of my favorite players. It was an absolute treat to watch him. It's these moments of reflection that really make you appreciate following sports.


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Lehtinen, Modano, and Zubov should all be retired in my opinion.
None of these should be in question. This trio helped create the identity of the Dallas Stars.

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Jere was very good on his own role and three Selke's indicates that well. Also played well in scoring line and three times won Stars scoring.

Lehtinen is the only Finnish player who has win Stanley Cup and gold medal in World Championships. And that is very nice.

Thanks for the memories! Jere Lehtinen

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The best thing about great players is they leave a lasting legacy which can be witnessed in the influence they had on those around them. He made players around him and the team as a whole a better unit. We see a little bit of Jere in Loui (most) every night, and truth be told, IMO it rubs off on those around Loui, when he is on his game. Richards backchecking? WTF? It's much the same as Gainey would have rubbed off on a younger Carbonneau back in the 80s.

I was leaning toward the 'his number won't be retired' side a couple months back. And it's not that I didn't want to see it retired. I've now changed my thinking on that, and am quite certain it will be retired. Considering the respect the organization has for Jere in coming to this decision, his hockey achievements, and the fact he was the biggest part of the defensive identity of the stingy Stars when they were consistently atop the standings, there's no reason 26 shouldn't be immortalized in Big D.

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Thanks for the hard work and effort, I hope to see his number retired as well as Modano's and Zubov's.

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I feel sad. The other Mr. Dallas with Modano. Thank you for all those great moments in Dallas and in team Finland. I made a tribute to youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iW00FZGdjlY

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Happy trails, classy player and a huge contributor to the success of the Stars franchise over the years.

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