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Cogliano retires, joins Avalanche's front office

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Andrew Cogliano announced his retirement from the NHL on Friday after 17 seasons.

The 37-year-old forward won the Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 2022. He'll join the Avs' front office and will assist with player development and scouting, as well as working with the organization's AHL team.

"The game of hockey has given me and my family so much and I am grateful for every moment," Cogliano said. "I am blessed to have played for so long with some great organizations and amazing teammates. I will miss being with the guys in the dressing room and battling for each other on the ice every night, but it's time to move on. Thank you to everyone I ever played with, played for, and all the great fans for all of their support. I am excited to start my new chapter in the front office."

Noted for his excellent skating and strong defensive game, Cogliano recorded 464 points in 1,294 career games between the Edmonton Oilers, Anaheim Ducks, Dallas Stars, San Jose Sharks, and Avalanche. He added 39 points in 131 career postseason contests, including three goals and three assists in 16 games during Colorado's Cup run.

Cogliano once played 830 consecutive games - the eighth-longest streak in NHL history. It ended in 2018 when he received the only suspension of his career.

The Toronto native was drafted 25th overall by the Oilers in 2005 and notched a career-high 45 points as a 20-year-old rookie in 2007-08. He spent four seasons in Edmonton before he was traded to Anaheim, where he played eight seasons with the Ducks - the longest stint of his career.

Cogliano helped the Ducks reach the Western Conference Final in 2015 and 2017 and helped the Stars make the Stanley Cup Final in 2020.

Internationally, Cogliano won a pair of gold medals with Canada at the World Junior Championship in 2006 and 2007.

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