#1 Osgood retires, Conklin back in Detroit07-22-2011, 01:41 PM
DETROIT -- Chris Osgood, a three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Red Wings in 1997, 1998 and 2008, announced today that he will retire from the National Hockey League after 17 seasons. Osgood played in 744 career games with the Red Wings, New York Islanders and St. Louis Blues. He finishes his career 4th all-time among NHL goaltenders with 15 postseason shutouts, 8th all-time with 74 playoff wins and 10th all-time with 401 regular-season wins.
Osgood, 38, was Detroit’s third-round selection (54th overall) in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. He played his first NHL game on October 15, 1993 at Toronto and earned his first career victory just 12 days later with a 23-save performance in an 8-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings. The Peace River, Alberta, native went on to play in 565 regular-season games over 14 seasons in Detroit, notching 317 wins and 39 shutouts in a Red Wings sweater, trailing only the legendary Terry Sawchuk in both categories (351 wins, 85 shutouts). He is Detroit’s all-time leader in postseason appearances by a goaltender (110), and holds the franchise records for playoff wins (67) and playoff shutouts (14).
DETROIT -- Red Wings general manager Ken Holland today announced that the club has signed free agent goaltender Ty Conklin on a one-year contract. In accordance with team policy, additional terms of the deal will not be disclosed.
Conklin previously tended goal for Detroit during the 2008-09 season, during which he went 25-11-2 with a 2.51 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage. In addition to his time with the Red Wings, Conklin has played for St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Buffalo and Edmonton during his lengthy NHL career. The 35-year-old native of Anchorage, Alaska, has amassed a record of 91-61-4-16 in 200 total NHL appearances to go along with 16 shutouts, a 2.64 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage.
Prior to turning pro in 2001, Conklin spent three seasons with the University of New Hampshire (NCAA), winning 57 games in 93 appearances during his tenure with the Wildcats while registering a G.A.A of 2.17. The 6-foot, 184 pound goalie was twice named a Hockey East First Team All-Star (2000, 2001) and was an NCAA East First Team All-American (2001) during his highly-successful collegiate career.
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In hockey, it means you have to sit in the penalty box for five minutes.
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