Matt Cullen retires as Pittsburgh Penguin

Matt Cullen retires as Pittsburgh Penguin

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 14: Matt Cullen #7 of the Pittsburgh Penguins rides in the Victory Parade and Rally on June 14, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH — Matt Cullen announced his retirement as a Pittsburgh Penguin Wednesday.

Cullen played in the NHL for 21 years and was part of the Penguins’ 2016 and 2017 Stanley Cup-winning teams. He also won a Cup with Carolina in 2006.

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The 42-year-old had seven goals and 13 assists in 71 games with the Penguins this past season.

"I felt like it was only right to retire in Pittsburgh with everything that the organization had given me and done for me. I'm so happy I came back and finished my last year in Pittsburgh. I wouldn't trade that last year for anything," Cullen said in a letter posted by the Penguins.

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Cullen had 266 goals, 465 assists and 502 penalty minutes over 1,516 games with Anaheim, Florida, Carolina, the New York Rangers, Ottawa, Minnesota, Nashville and Pittsburgh. He also had 19 goals and 39 assists in 132 career playoff games.

Drafted 35th overall by Anaheim in 1996, Cullen's best statistical season came in Carolina's run to the Cup in the 2005-06 season, when he set career highs in goals (25) and points (49). He added 18 points (four goals, 14 assists) in 25 playoff games.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.