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Matt Niskanen retires after long, illustrious NHL career

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PHILADELPHIA, Penn. -- Former UMD and Virginia/MIB hockey star Matt Niskanen is officially calling it a career.

The 33-year-old defenseman informed his current team, the Philadelphia Flyers of his intent on Monday. His decision was confirmed by General Manager Chuck Fletcher.

Niskanen appeared in 949 NHL games with four different teams. He had one year left on his current contract, worth $5.75 million.

In a statement released by the Philadelphia Flyers, Niskanen did not detail why he decided to hang up his skates. In a report by Sports Illustrated on Monday afternoon, Niskanen's agent said that the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic may have been a factor in his decision.

Matt Halverson

Sports Anchor and Reporter

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