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Nashville Predators center Paul Gaustad is retiring at the age of 34.

September 08, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Nashville Predators center Paul Gaustad is retiring at the age of 34.

Gaustad announced his retirement Thursday through his Instagram account. Gaustad said that ''although I will miss the competition and camaraderie of playing in the NHL, I'm excited to spend more time with my beautiful family and help my three sons pursue their dreams.''

 

"After 14 years as a professional hockey player, I have decided to move on to the next chapter of my life and career. It has been an honor and a privilege to play in the AHL and NHL, and I am forever grateful for the amazing friendships and memories I’ve made during this journey. Thank you to my talented teammates and coaches for helping me throughout the years. I will always remember and cherish our time together. And, of course, I want to express my appreciation to the incredible organizations I played for, as well as the fans in Rochester, Buffalo and Nashville that supported us. A special thank you to my wife, family and friends that have helped and supported me, from a kid at a local Portland rink dreaming of playing in the NHL, to all of the ups and downs of a pro career. Although I will miss the competition and camaraderie of playing in the NHL, I’m excited to spend more time with my beautiful family and help my three sons pursue their dreams." @danigaustad06 @phillip__gaustad @buffalosabres @predsnhl @amerkshockey @winterhawks

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Known for his face-off efficiency, Gaustad had 89 goals and 142 assists in 727 career regular-season games.

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He played for the Buffalo Sabres in 2002-03 and from 2005-12. Gaustad had been with the Predators since they acquired him from Buffalo in a February 2012 trade.

Gaustad had two goals and four assists in 63 games last season.