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Former Sabre Miroslav Satan announces his retirement

Miroslav Satan with the Sabres in 1998
Photo by Craig Melvin/Getty Images

On Tuesday, May 20 former Buffalo Sabres forward Miroslav Satan officially announced his retirement from professional hockey at the age of 39, following the 2014 IIHF World Championships in which he represented Slovakia.

Satan played 1050 games in the NHL over the course of 14 seasons in the NHL from 1995 to 2010, also spending time with the Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Boston Bruins, as well as with the Buffalo Sabres. In those 1050 games, Satan had 363 goals and 372 assists for 735 points, while also recording 464 penalty minutes and a plus-20 rating.

After being acquired in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers in 1997, Satan spent over half of his career with the Buffalo Sabres, playing 578 games with the team over the course of eight seasons from 1997 to 2004. During his time in Buffalo, Satan tallied 224 goals and 232 assists for 456 total points. He also had 233 penalty minutes and was rated a plus-44 during his eight seasons with the Sabres. His 40 goals and 26 assists for 66 points during the 1998-1999 season helped lead the team to the 1999 Stanley Cup Final, where they lost to the Dallas Stars in six games. He also was named as an NHL All-Star twice during his time in Buffalo, in 2000 and 2003.

After leaving the Sabres after the 2004-2005 NHL lockout, Satan would go on to play three seasons with the New York Islanders before signing with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2008. Satan played one season with the Penguins, winning the 2009 Stanley Cup with the team.

Satan then finished his NHL career playing 38 games for the Boston Bruins during the 2009-2010 season, before rounding out his professional career in Europe with Slovan Bratislava and Dynamo Moscow.