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11-14-2005, 03:38 PM
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Ken Belanger Announces Retirement

LOS ANGELES Los Angeles Kings left wing Ken Belanger has informed the club of his intentions to retire from the National Hockey League, Kings Hockey Operations/General Manager Dave Taylor announced today.

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Glad he got a couple more NHL games in before he drove off into the sunset... Good luck, Ken.

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Thanks for the memories Ken, it was fun while it lasted!

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now somebody needs to call Georges Laraque and tell him he also has a plane to catch!

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Thank you for your service sir

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now somebody needs to call Georges Laraque and tell him he also has a plane to catch!
"Who is Georges Laraque"-Sean Avery

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Am I the only one who is conflicted here? I totally appreciate the man as a hockey player. I rooted for his return to form and thought he said all the right things about his comeback.

However, seems like there's something below the surface here... Did Ken not know that going to Manchester and riding the buses was a possibility? Did he not even want to give it a week or two and see what the injury call up situation was?

I'm just a fan. You guys who talk to players and Kings staff undoubtedly have more insight into the decision process... I understand that Ken does what is best for his family and himself as a person, but I just can't shake the dissappointment of not seeing him play against the Ducks a couple of more times this year...

Ken, best of luck and I truly appreciate your time in a Kings uniform.

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Am I the only one who is conflicted here? I totally appreciate the man as a hockey player. I rooted for his return to form and thought he said all the right things about his comeback.

However, seems like there's something below the surface here... Did Ken not know that going to Manchester and riding the buses was a possibility? Did he not even want to give it a week or two and see what the injury call up situation was?

I'm just a fan. You guys who talk to players and Kings staff undoubtedly have more insight into the decision process... I understand that Ken does what is best for his family and himself as a person, but I just can't shake the dissappointment of not seeing him play against the Ducks a couple of more times this year...

Ken, best of luck and I truly appreciate your time in a Kings uniform.
Agreed!

It's going to get uglier as the season starts to progress. Parros by himself is somewhat of a scary thought.

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Agreed!

It's going to get uglier as the season starts to progress.
Couldn't agree less... The fighting majors will continue to be almost irrellevant to the game of hockey, and of course, come playoff time... NON EXISTANT.

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Couldn't agree less... The fighting majors will continue to be almost irrellevant to the game of hockey, and of course, come playoff time... NON EXISTANT.
Fighting is definitely down. Statistics show that. But the day fighting goes, is the day that our stars get crushed with sticks. Policing the game without the refs help is something that needs to stay. The game has changed....everybody knows that. But there is always a time and place for fighting...especially in a sport like hockey. Players are getting bigger, faster, and stronger.......which can lead to some serious damage if someone isn't out there to patrol.
Teams in our division still haven't got the memo on dropping their enforcers, and some have added. We play 32 games against em'. If you think it's not going to get chippy and dirty in the near future you're sadly mistaken!

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I have a simple question to ask (and I already know the answer). How often do you see heavyweight enforcers on the ice against another teams star players? How often do enforcers fight non-enforcers or cheapshot or take runs at star players? I think that type of "goonery" is non-existant nowadays. Team toughness is more valuable than having a heavyweight. Take a look at how Detroit has survived years without having a true legit enforcer (unless you really think Darren McCarty strikes fear to the heavyweights of the NHL).

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I know this will be a stupid question...
I know that he has a history of concussion and...
the fighting has gone down a lot statistically...
but why did he retire at the age of 31?
What is the main reason for him to retire?
anyone?

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Thanks or the memories Sandman!

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I know this will be a stupid question...
I know that he has a history of concussion and...
the fighting has gone down a lot statistically...
but why did he retire at the age of 31?
What is the main reason for him to retire?
anyone?
Limited skills, limited ice time in the NHL. The Kings sent him down to Manchester but he didn't want to play in the minors, only in the NHL...I believe I read he was granted permission to speak with other teams, but must have found no takers.

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What is the main reason for him to retire?
anyone?
its all tubbyterrion's fault...

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Hmm I wish him the best. I always liked him hope the best for him

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