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Leafs' Kypreos To Retire

Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Nick Kypreos announced his retirement Monday and his intention to enter the broadcast booth.

Kypreos, 32, missed the entire 1997-98 season because of a concussion he sustained in a preseason game against the New York Rangers on Sept. 15, 1997. Kypreos' decision to retire came at the advice of Chicago neurosurgeon Dr. James Kelly.

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Kypreos' retirement follows that of Rangers center Pat Lafontaine, who suffered several concussions late in his career.

Kypreos, who was an analyst on NHL playoff coverage for different news networks in recent years, will become a studio hockey analyst for CTV Sportsnet, a new cable channel that begins broadcasting Oct. 9.

Kypreos had 46 goals, 44 assists and 1,210 penalty minutes in 442 games and 34 playoff games with the Washington Capitals, Hartford Whalers, Rangers and Maple Leafs. He won a Stanley Cup in 1994 with the Rangers.

"Winning the Stanley Cup in 1994 with the Rangers was certainly a big thrill, yet playing for my hometown team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, was a dream come true," Kypreos said in a statement.

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