AP source: Sharks D Blake to retire
San Jose Sharks defenseman Rob Blake is planning to announce his
retirement from the NHL.
A person with knowledge of his plans told The Associated Press
that Blake will hole a news conference Friday to announce the end
of his 20-year career. The person spoke on condition of anonymity
because the announcement has not been made. Comcast SportsNet Bay
Area first reported Blake’s retirement plans.
The 40-year-old Blake had 240 goals and 537 assists in his
career with Los Angeles, Colorado and San Jose. He went to the
Stanley Cup finals in 1993 with the Kings and won it all in 2001
with Colorado. He was unable to lead the Sharks that far, losing in
the Western Conference finals this year to Chicago after San Jose
posted the NHL’s second-best record.
Blake won the Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenseman for
Los Angeles in 1998.