Sunday, February 10, 2013
By Luke Lapinski
Jamie Langenbrunner has put together a pretty impressive NHL career. And he doesn't want it to end like this. Yesterday, the St. Louis Blues announced the 37-year old forward will need season-ending hip surgery. But that doesn't mean his career is over.
According to Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the 18-year vet plans on playing again, if possible. Throughout his time in the league, Langenbrunner has been known for his leadership qualities, even captaining Team USA to a silver medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He's also been a key piece of two Stanley Cup victories, one with the Dallas Stars in 1998-99 and another with the New Jersey Devils in 2002-03. His contract with the Blues is up at the end of this season but, assuming he can rehab himself back up to full strength, he could still have something to offer when he gets back -- particularly to a team in need of an experienced player that can be a strong presence in the locker room.