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Simon Gagne announces retirement

09.15.15 at 1:05 pm ET

Simon Gagne announced his retirement Tuesday. The 35-year-old forward’s career ended with a 23-game stint with the Bruins last season.

“Today, I want to thank my trainers and teammates,” Gagne said in a statement. “You inspired me to surpass myself. You made me understand that you need more than talent; it takes sacrifice and discipline and you need to work harder than your rivals. I also wish to thank my fans. Every evening, you energized me and inspired me to perform.”

Gagne played 822 games over 15 seasons in the NHL, scoring 291 goals and adding 310 assists for 601 points. He spent 11 seasons with the Flyers over two stints in Philadelphia.

Following his second stint with the Flyers, Gagne took a professional tryout with the Bruins last fall before signing with the team early in the season. He had three goals and one assist before leaving the team to be with his family in the final weeks of his father’€™s life. Gagne’€™s father died of liver cancer in late December, two weeks after Gagne took a leave of absence from the team.

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