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Phoenix Coyotes forward Gilbert Brule has announced that he will retire from the NHL, and is reportadley looking to become a firefighter.

“He decided that he didn’t want to live out of a suitcase anymore, was sick of living at hotels, and told me he was going to quit hockey – maybe become a firefighter,” Coyotes GM Don Maloney said.

Brule signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Coyotes in November, but never actually saw action with the club. Earlier this week, Brule was assigned to Portland, the Coyotes’ AHL affiliate and was suspended Monday by the team once he didn’t report. Brule had been on a professional try out contract with the Pirates earlier in the season, scoring 6 goals and 8 points in 8 games. In 299 NHL games, the Edmonton native scored 43 goals and 95 points as well as 2 goals and 3 points in 12 post season appearances. He was held pointless in three games this season with the Coyotes.

Selected sixth overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, he began his NHL career with the Columbus Blue Jackets before being traded to the Edmonton Oilers prior to the 2008–09 season. He would later find himself on the Coyotes for his first stint before signing with the NLA’s ZSC Lions for 14 games last season.

You know, at one point, there was a debate on who the next great NHL forward was going to be. Would it be Crosby, or would it be Brule? Well, do I even need to explain who won?

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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