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After playing 13 seasons for the St. Louis Blues, Barret Jackman has officially retired from the National Hockey League.
Photo: Jasen Vinlove—USA Today
Jackman, or "Jax", was the 17th overall pick of the 1999 NHL draft. In his 842 games played as a Blue, Jackman earned 181 points and tallied 1,026 penalty minutes— 61,560 seconds spent in the sin bin.
"Whether it was blocking shots, moving guys from in front of the net, or whatever the case may be, (Jackman) certainly did it with a lot of passion for the game," said former Blues' captain Chris Pronger. "When you think of his name, you think of the passion and the toughness he played with."
"He wore his heart on his sleeve. He played hard each and every night," said former teammate Al MacInnis. "But that's just Barret. That's just the way he is."
Both Al and Chris will gear-up once more with Barret in the alumni game following the 2017 Winter Classic. "That's the only reason I'm staying in shape," said Jackman.
After 13 seasons in St. Louis, Jax signed a contract with the Nashville Predators, where he played his final season in the NHL.
"It was just a different feeling," said Jackman. "Being the guy who had to ask all the questions opposed to knowing all the answers here in St. Louis."
Jackman is most proud of helping out younger players as they entered the league.
"I still tried to (mentor) in Nashville, but it wasn't on the same level as being in a Blue note."