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Gionta retires after 16 seasons

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Brian Gionta has retired after 16 NHL seasons, two Olympic appearances and a Stanley Cup title with the New Jersey Devils in 2003.

The 39-year-old forward once captained the Buffalo Sabres and Montreal Canadiens. He said at a news conference Monday he wants to stay involved in hockey and spend more time with his family.

Gionta has agreed to a part-time job as a player-development assistant with the Sabres. He is from nearby Rochester, New York, and lives in Buffalo.

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