NHL veteran announces his retrenchment after 16 seasons in the NHL.

A long NHL career has come to an end.

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If you even get to play a single game at the National Hockey League level it's a sign that you are a terrific athelete, never mind doing it for 16 seasons.

After a 16 year career that spanned time with the Colorado Avalanche, Washington Capitals, Calgary Flames, and most notably 11 seasons with the San Jose Sharks, defenseman Scott Hannan has decided to officially announce his retirement.

"I was extremely fortunate to play in the NHL with five great organizations," said Hannan in an official statement from the Sharks. "I'd like to thank all of my teammates and coaches over the years who have contributed so much to my career. It's also very gratifying to end my NHL career where it started -- with the San Jose Sharks."

"I'd be remiss for not also thanking Bruce Hamilton and Lorne Frey with the Kelowna Rockets for putting me on the path to have a chance to play in the NHL," Hannan said. "Most importantly, I want to thank all of my family, particularly my wife Kristina and my boys, Gage and Owen. Their sacrifices have allowed me the opportunity to follow this dream of playing in the National Hockey League."

Hannan appeared in over 1,000 games during his NHL career and recorded 38 goals and 179 assists over that stretch, he went unsigned during the most recent offseason and likely determined this was it for him in the NHL. We wish Scott nothing but the best in his future endeavors.