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Avs' Konowalchuk retires for healthy reason
2006-09-30 19:09:38 Xinhua English

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Konowalchuk has announced his retirement from the NHL after a 13-year career.

Konowalchuk made his decision official on Friday after he underwent an additional series of tests relating to his heart condition.

The condition was discovered prior to the start of training camp during medical tests, and results from a standard EKG test revealed an abnormal reading, according to reports from Denver.

"After a complete evaluation from a number of different physicians and experts associated with this condition, we decided that this was the best and only alternative for me," Konowalchuk was quoted as saying.

"As much as I'll miss the game of hockey and all that it's provided for my family and I, my health was the number one priority."

The Salt Lake City native spent his first 11 seasons in Washington before being traded to Colorado along with a draft pick for Bates Battaglia and Jonas Johansson.

The 33-year-old Konowalchuk has tallied 171 goals and 225 assists in 790 career games. He has also recorded 21 points in 52 playoff games. Enditem

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