Brenden Morrow expected to announce retirement Thursday

Tampa Bay Lightning's Brenden Morrow listens to a question during news conference Tuesday, June 9, 2015, in Chicago. The Lightning and the Chicago Blackhawks are scheduled to play Game 4 of NHL hockey's Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday in Chicago . (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Brenden Morrow, who played 15 seasons in the NHL with four different teams, is expected to announce his retirement Thursday, according to Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News.

The announcement is being made through the Dallas Stars. Morrow was drafted 25th overall in 1997 by the Stars, and he played the bulk of his career with them, taking over the captaincy from Mike Modano in 2006.

Morrow was in the middle of his 13th season in Dallas when he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2013. He then spent one season each with the St. Louis Blues and Tampa Bay Lightning, before becoming a free agent this off-season.

His career totals include 991 games played, 265 goals and 310 assists for 575 points.

The gritty two-way forward also won a gold medal as a member of the 2010 Canadian Olympic hockey team.

In appreciation of his time with the Stars, the team is expected to honour the 37-year-old Morrow during Thursday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. He ranks fifth in games played with the franchise (835), seventh in goals (243), eighth in points (528) and second in game-winning goals (43).

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