Dick Tarnstrom, who spent most of the 2000’s playing for various teams in the NHL, has announced his retirement at the age of 37.

Tärnström started his professional career in AIK, the same place he would end it many years later. He was drafted as 272nd overall, in the eleventh round by the New York Islandersin the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. During the 2003–04 season, he became the first defenceman in the history of the Pittsburgh Penguins to lead the team in scoring for an entire season, compiling 52 points in 80 games. The Penguins acquired Ric Jackman at the trade deadline, and the two flourished together, combining for the “Ric and Dick show” on the powerplay. Through a 2010 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette series of Penguins “Teams of the Decades” Tärnström was named to the Penguins team of the ’00s. He is still the only defenceman ever to lead the Penguins in scoring for a season.

Tärnström requested a trade from the Pittsburgh Penguins and on January 26, 2006, he went to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Cory Cross and Jani Rita. Tärnström was part of the Cinderella Edmonton Oilers team that made a run to the Stanley Cup Finals, however they were unable to pull off the upset against Carolina. Tärnström had 0 goals and 2 assists in the 2006 Playoffs. During the 2006–07 season, Tärnström played with HC Lugano of the Nationalliga A. Tärnström returned to the NHL by signing a contract with the Oilers on July 1, 2007. He was traded on February 1, 2008 to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Curtis Glencross, but wouldnt return the next seasom. During the 2008–09 season, Tärnström returned to play in AIK of the HockeyAllsvenskan. AIK were promoted to Elitserien the following season and Tärnström would play the last few years of his career there.

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