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Marc Savard has officially retired from the NHL, seven years to the day of his final appearance in an NHL game.

Savard, 40, last played with the Boston Bruins on January 23, 2011, before having his career cut short because of concussion-related symptoms.

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“I think the biggest thing is that I’m happy where I am in my life. I’m the healthiest I’ve been in a long time. I didn’t want it to linger on any more. My contract is up and I wanted to get it out there and head off in a different direction to pursue a coaching career,” said Savard, via the NHLPA.

Savard suffered a concussion in that Jan. 22, 2011 game against the Colorado Avalanche on a hit along the glass by defenseman Matt Hunwick. That followed a catastrophic concussion in March 7, 2010 on a blindside hit from Pittsburgh Penguins winger Matt Cooke, which knocked Savard out for 29 seconds.

Savard would only play seven playoff and 25 regular-season games after that 2010 incident, which was cited as a catalyst for the NHL tightening its rules for targeting an opponent’s head on a check as well as increased supplemental discipline penalties.

Savard was placed on long-term injured reserve in 2011, in the first year of a seven-year contract. Later, his $4,021,429 average annual salary became a commodity, with the dead cap space helping low-budget teams reach the salary cap floor. The Bruins sent Savard’s cap space to the Florida Panthers in a July 2015 deal. It was traded again by the Panthers to the New Jersey Devils in June 2016.

Beginning in 1997, Savard scored 706 points in 807 games with the Bruins, Calgary Flames, Atlanta Thrashers and New York Rangers, who drafted him No. 91 overall in the 1995 NHL draft. Savard had 22 points in 25 playoff games, all with the Bruins.

Despite only playing 25 regular-season games for them, and not appearing in the playoffs, Savard’s name was etched onto the Stanley Cup after the Bruins’ 2011 victory.

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We are now two days away from the Florida Panthers taking the ice at the BB&T Center on Friday against Gerard Gallant and the Vegas Golden Knights.

A mixed bag of scoreboard watching last night as the Panthers went from eight points from the second wild card spot to nine as the New York Rangers whipped the Philadelphia Flyers 5-1 to jump the idle Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Islanders, who were beaten 4-1 by the New Jersey Devils.

The Rangers and Penguins each have 51 points with the Rangers having played one less game. Florida has three games in hand on Pittsburgh, so they could close the gap if they can come back from their break and build a winning streak.

Back to Vegas, the Golden Knights dropped a tough 1-0 decision to the Predators in Nashville last night. The Knights will come to Sunrise after taking on the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday.

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The Chicago Blackhawks have the greatest uniform in NHL history as voted on by nearly 6 million votes casted on NHL.com. Votes were tallied from No. 28 through Dec. 31 in online balloting.

The Blackhawks jersey took the top spot over the Hartford Whalers (1979-92), Anaheim Mighty Ducks (1993-2006), Quebec Nordiques (1979-95) and Minnesota North Stars (1978-81).

According to NHL.com’s Dave Stubbs this is how Chicago’s jersey came about:

“The legendary Blackhawks jersey was designed for the 1956-57 season by Dorothy Ivan, wife of then-team vice president and general manager Tommy Ivan.

The team opted to modify the Blackhawks sweater not long after Ivan’s arrival in Chicago from the Detroit Red Wings in 1954. To that point, it had featured a small Native American head inside a circle with the team’s city and nickname above and below it.

Dorothy Ivan, a former golf champion in Detroit, had an artistic flair that she applied to her redesign of the Blackhawks’ uniform, adding the double tomahawk shoulder patches that still appear.”

It’s no surprise the Blackhawks jersey has taken the top spot. And it wouldn’t be surprising to see it ranked at the top among all North American sports jerseys.