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Breaking: Veteran defenseman joins NHL team as a coach!

After 14 years (800+ NHL games played) as a player, it’s now time to coach!

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After 14 years as a player, now it's time to coach! 

On friday, the St. Louis Blues announced Barret Jackman will officially return to the Blues as the team's new development coach.

"I actually had conversations with (Blues general manager) Doug Armstrong a couple of years ago about life after hockey," Jackman said. "Those talks furthered after retirement and 'Army' gave me an opportunity in the last couple months of the season to do this job on an interim basis just to see if I liked it. I enjoyed hanging out with the guys, being around the locker room with the Chicago (Wolves) and working with the younger up-and-coming guys."

"We are excited to have Barret back with the Blues organization," added Armstrong. "Barret's leadership and understanding of the game will be a great benefit to our young players."

Jackman played over 800 games in the NHL (876). He scored 29 goals and registered 157 assists for a total of 186 points.