Praise rolls in for Sami Salo upon retirement

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Injuries might have been a frequent headache for Sami Salo during his hockey career, but he was still able to make an impression on quite a few people.

Finnish outlet Ilta-Sanomat passes along word that Salo said he “can no longer play,” or some rough translation of that, which ultimately means that he’s retiring from hockey.

It looks like a wrist or hand injury is the final ailment that meant curtains for the 40-year-old veteran, but it’s clear that he’s absorbed a lot of wear-and-tear over the years.

Salo played 13 seasons in the NHL, making his biggest impression during nine with the Vancouver Canucks. His last NHL appearances came during his second season with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2013-14.

Teammates, coaches, writers and fans came out in droves to tip their caps to the retiring Finn.

That’s some great praise for a guy who suffered through often awful injury luck and had to prove himself as a ninth-rounder (239th overall) back in 1996.