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The Best NHL Players Who Retired In 2019

Updated October 4, 2019 1.7k votes 194 voters 3.4k views13 items

List RulesVote up the best NHL players who retired in 2019

The best NHL players to retire in 2019 have left a lasting mark on the league. The average length of a career in the NHL is just 5.5 years, while more than half of professional hockey players last fewer than 100 games at the top level. That's what makes many of these players so remarkable.

They range from All-Stars like goalie Roberto Luongo to Stanley Cup winners like Brooks Orpik, but among the most impressive is certainly Rick Nash. In a 15-year career, Nash was a five-time All-Star who tied for the league lead in goals in just his second full season. Outside the league, Nash was also a two-time Olympic gold medalist with the Canadian national team.

So vote up the hockey players who retired in 2019 who made the greatest impact on the league, and check back throughout the year to see what new names get added to the list.

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  • Roberto Luongo
    Photo: Matt Boulton / Wikimedia Commons

    6x All-Star (2004, 2007-2009, 2015-2016)
    Presidents' Trophy (2011-2012)
    2x Winter Olympics gold medalist (2010, 2014)

    • Position: Goaltender
    • Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
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    6
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  • 6x All-Star (2004, 2007-2009, 2011, 2015)
    2x Winter Olympics gold medalist (2010, 2014)

    • Position: Right wing
    • Birthplace: Brampton, Canada
    160
    8
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  • 2008 Stanley Cup champion

    • Position: Defenseman
    • Birthplace: Viksjö
    88
    11
    Was he a great player?
  • 2006 Conn Smythe Trophy winner
    2006 Stanley Cup champion
    2011 All-Star

    • Position: Goaltender
    • Birthplace: Saskatoon, Canada
    108
    36
    Was he a great player?