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Another sad end of a career was announced today due to concussions. Andy McDonald has called it quits.

From Dec. 2010 to Feb. 2012, the St. Louis Blues forward missed 74 games due to two concussions. And now after eleven NHL seasons, McD decided it was time to just call it quits at the age of 35. McDonald went undrafted and was signed as a free agent by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in 2000.McDonald represented Team Canada at the 2002 World Championships in Sweden, where he led the team in goals and points. Concussion problems plagued his first three seasons with the Ducks, and he was forced to sit and watch when the team made a run at the Stanley Cup in 2003

On June 4, 2007, during game four of the Stanley Cup finals against the Ottawa Senators, McDonald contributed on all 3 of the Ducks goals, scoring two goals and an assist, en route to a 3–2 victory. He finished with five goals in the series as the Ducks won the Stanley Cup in five games.On December 14, 2007, in order for the Anaheim Ducks to free up salary cap space for Scott Niedermayer, McDonald was traded to the St. Louis Blues for Doug WeightHis time with the Blues was marred by injuries, including multiple concussions. He was set to become an unrestricted free agent after finishing a 4-year, $18.8-million contract with the squad this season.

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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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