Defenceman Ben Lovejoy announces his retirement from NHL

Ben Lovejoy was beyond ecstatic on Sunday winning the Stanley Cup and even cut his interview short so to be part of the group photo at centre ice.

Defenceman Ben Lovejoy has announced his retirement from the NHL after 11 seasons in the big leagues.

Lovejoy’s finest moments in the NHL came in 2015-16, when the Concord, N.H. native lifted the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins, becoming the first New Hampshire native in league history to do so.

He spent the last season of his career with the Dallas Stars and New Jersey Devils, splitting time between the two clubs after a mid-season trade. The 35-year-old spent parts of three seasons with the Devils in total, as well as three years with the Anaheim Ducks and seven years with Pittsburgh split between two separate stints with the Penguins.

Originally undrafted, Lovejoy’s path to the NHL came via successful stints with Dartmouth College and the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. With 544 total NHL games to his name, he finishes his career with 20 goals and 101 points.

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