Dino Ciccarelli is retiring after 19 seasons in the NHL, according to a published report.
The 39-year-old will announce the end of his playing career Wednesday, he told his hometown newspaper, the Sarnia Observer.
He was troubled by a back injury last season and played only 14 games for the Florida Panthers.
"I've always heard people say you will know when it's time to call it quits. I know for sure it's time for me to go," he said from his home in Yale, Mich.
The right-winger is ninth on NHL all-time goal scoring with 608 goals - two behind Bobby Hull. He also had 592 assists in 1,232 NHL games.
"I'm retiring because of my back injury," he said. "I tried skating a bit last week and the same soreness and stiffness was there. There's no use kidding myself anymore."
Ciccarelli broke into the NHL with the Minnesota North Stars in 1981.
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