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Jul. 19th, 2011 @ 12:52 pm Osgood Retires


DETROIT – Goaltender Chris Osgood announced his retirement today after 17 NHL seasons, including 14 with the Detroit Red Wings.

Osgood made the announcement during a media conference call with general manager Ken Holland.

Osgood, 38, retires as the 10th winningest goalie in NHL history, with a career record of 401-216-66-42 (W-L-T-OTL), a 2.49 goals-against average, .905 save percentage and 50 shutouts.

He won two Stanley Cups as a starter (1998 and 2008), three overall. He ranks eighth in league history in playoff wins, with a career postseason record of 74-49, a 2.09 GAA, .916 save percentage and 15 shutouts.

Osgood ranks second in franchise history with 317 wins, behind Terry Sawchuk (352).

Osgood recorded his 400th win on Dec. 27 at Colorado. But his last appearance was Jan. 4 in Edmonton. He had surgery for a sports hernia on Jan. 11 and experienced a couple of setbacks in March.

Osgood and Holland talked this weekend in Vernon, British Columbia, where both have offseason homes; and the conversation obviously led to the conclusion that the Wings were going to go in a different direction and Osgood was going to retire.

Detroit GM Ken Holland also announced that Osgood is staying with the organization as a goalie consultant and will help mentor the Red Wings' goaltending prospects, including 2008 first-round pick Thomas McCollum.

Along with playing 565 games as a Red Wing, Osgood also suited up for 103 for the Islanders and another 76 for the Blues from 2001-04. He returned to Detroit after the work stoppage, altered his style to become more of a butterfly goalie and flourished for several more seasons.

Osgood's 401 career victories rank 10th all-time in the NHL, two behind ex-Edmonton great and Hall of Famer Grant Fuhr. Osgood likely will get some support for induction in the Hall of Fame when he's eligible in three years.

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