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Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Kimmo Timonen said he will retire at the end of this season.

By SI Wire
March 05, 2015

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Kimmo Timonen told reporters he will retire at the end of this season, according to Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune.

Timonen was traded to the Blackhawks from the Philadelphia Flyers last week. He played in his first game of the season on Monday after sitting out for much of it due to blood clots in his lungs and leg. 

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The 39-year-old is in his 16th NHL season and started his career with the Nashville Predators. In 15 seasons with Nashville and Philadelphia, Timonen scored 117 goals and had 454 assists in 1,092 games, making him third among active defenseman with 571 points.

In 2013-14, Timonen had six goals and 29 assists in 77 regular season games.

Timonen told Kuc that he could possibly get into coaching after his playing career is over.

The Blackhawks (38-21-5) are in third in the Central Division and host the Edmonton Oilers on Friday.

- Molly Geary

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