Former NHLer Pahlsson calls it a career

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Well-traveled checking forward Samuel Pahlsson has announced his retirement from professional hockey.

Pahlsson, 37, appeared in nearly 800 NHL contests with the Ducks, Blue Jackets, Bruins, Blackhawks and Canucks over an 11-year career, capturing a Stanley Cup with Anaheim in 2007 while emerging as one of the better defensive centers of his time.

Lauded as an underrated key to the Ducks’ championship — “he thinks he’s from Red Deer,” said GM Brian Burke, alluding to how the Swede played like a Canadian from the prairies — Pahlsson finished as the Selke runner-up to Rod Brind’Amour in ’07 and sixth in voting a year later.

Pahlsson last played in the NHL during the 2011-12 campaign, splitting time between Columbus and Vancouver. From there, he returned to his native Sweden and played three years with his former club, Modo.