After 16-year career, Scott Hannan hangs up his skates

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Scott Hannan, a former first-round pick that appeared in over 1,000 NHL games over a 16-year career, announced his retirement on Wednesday.

“I was extremely fortunate to play in the NHL with five great organizations,” Hannan said in a statement. “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.”

It’s fitting that San Jose, Hannan’s home for 11 years, released the statement on his behalf.

“Scott is one of only six players to play in 600 or more games for our club and is an important part of our team’s history,” said Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson.  “He was a player’s player, well respected by his teammates and he truly loves the game.”

In his prime, Hannan was known as a physical, defensive defenseman that could chip in with some offense. His best season probably came in 2004, when he was named to his first and only NHL All-Star Game, then represented gold medal-winning Canada at the World Cup of Hockey.

All told, Hannan played for the Sharks, Predators, Flames, Capitals and Avalanche during his career. The closest he ever got to a Stanley Cup was, fittingly enough, also in 2004, when the Sharks were ousted by the Flames in the Western Conference Final.