Dineen Retires

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Right wing Kevin Dineen of the Columbus Blue Jackets retired Tuesday, less than a month into his 19th season in which he was playing for his fifth NHL team.

Dineen, 39, is one of eight NHL players to record 300 goals and 2,000 penalty minutes. He will work in the Blue Jackets' front office.

"Change is always a little scary, especially when you've used your body for so long and now have to use your brain," he said.

Dineen played for Hartford, Philadelphia, Carolina, Ottawa and Columbus, totaling 355 goals, 405 assists and 2,229 penalty minutes in 1,188 games.

"Kevin Dineen has played the game of hockey with tremendous passion, determination and courage throughout his career," Blue Jackets president and general manager Doug MacLean said. "He has provided valuable leadership and been a consummate professional on our hockey club. I'm proud that he will remain a member of the Blue Jackets organization.

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