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After 16 seasons, defenseman Hal Gill officially announces retirement

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After 16 seasons, defenseman Hal Gill officially announces retirement

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Hal Gill has decided to officially call it quits. Over 16 NHL seasons, Gill suited up for the Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins, Montreal Canadiens, Nashville Predators and Philadelphia Flyers. In total, Gill suited up for 1,108 regular season contests and notched 184 points.

After 16 seasons in the NHL and stints with the Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins, Montreal Canadiens, Nashville Predators and Philadelphia Flyers, defenseman Hal Gill has officially announced his retirement from the NHL.

Gill was drafted in the eighth round of the 1993 draft by the Bruins, and went on to play 1,108 regular season games, scoring 36 goals and 184 points. Gill also suited up for an additional 111 post-season games, tallying six helpers. His best playoff year came in 2008-09, when he picked up two assists and played nearly 19:30 per game en route to a Stanley Cup victory with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

“I am so thankful to have played for such great organizations," Gill said in a release from the NHLPA. "I was lucky to have made amazing friendships throughout my career and live in so many beautiful cities. I would like to thank the fans for their support, the coaches for their direction, the team staffs for their efforts, and most of all, my teammates for their camaraderie (and keeping me in line)."

Gill retires as an unrestricted free-agent. In 2013-14, Gill inked a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Flyers, but suited up for only six games after watching from the sidelines for most of the season. He did get back into the lineup for a playoff game, but played only one game of the Flyers' seven-game first-round loss to the New York Rangers.

The 6-foot-7 blueliner landed with Philadelphia following a compliance buyout by the Nashville Predators. Gill had signed a two-year contract extension with the Predators after a trade brought him to Music City, but a decline in his play found him the perfect candidate for a buyout as the option for compliance buyouts was running out.

Gill's best regular season came in 2007-08, when he split time between the Maple Leafs and Penguins. Over 81 games that campaign, Gill notched three goals and 24 points while skating nearly 20 minutes per game.

Over the course of his career, Gill, a native of Concord, Mass., represented the U.S. national team at five World Championships, helping Team U.S.A. take home a bronze medal in 2003-04 with two assists in nine games.

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After 16 seasons, defenseman Hal Gill officially announces retirement