SJ Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov announces retirement

San Jose Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov (20) during Game 1 of the NHL hockey Western Conference finals, Sunday, May 16, 2010, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

San Jose Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov has formally announced his retirement from hockey. The 39-year-old spent 14 seasons in the National Hockey League, 10 of which were spent as a member of the Sharks.



Drafted in 1994 by San Jose, the 39-year-old Nabokov is the Sharks franchise leader in games played for a goalie with 563, wins with 154 and shutouts with 50.



The player fondly known as "Nabby" was traded to San Jose for one day just so he could retire as a Shark.

In a statement, Nabokov said: "Growing up in Kazakhstan in the 1980's, I never could have dreamed of making it to the NHL and playing against the best players in the world. I'm really proud to be able to finish my career where I started in San Jose and where I had my best years. This is my home and this is where my heart is."

On Wednesday, after the announcement, Twitter was filled with well-wishes for the star hockey player.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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