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Former Coyote Derek Stepan hangs up his skates

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Yesterday, former Arizona Coyotes center Derek Stepan announced that he has retired from the National Hockey League after 13 seasons.

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Originally, Stepan was selected 51st-overall in the 2008 NHL draft by the New York Rangers and played two years at the University of Wisconsin before turning pro in 2010.

After spending seven years with the Rangers, Stepan was traded to the Coyotes, along with goaltender Antti Raanta, in 2017 for the seventh overall pick in the NHL Draft that year, forward Lias Andersson, and defenseman Tony Deangelo.

Stepan was immediately named as one of the assistant captains of the Coyotes before the 2017-18 season started.

In his three seasons for Arizona from 2017-2020, Stepan played in 224 games and scored 39 goals and 80 assists for 119 points.

On Dec. 26, 2020, Stepan was traded to the Ottawa Senators for a second round pick in the 2021 draft.

His tenure with the Senators, however, didn’t last long because after 20 games, he endured a season-ending shoulder injury to his labrum and went into surgery on Mar. 2, 2021.

The Minnesota native then with the Carolina Hurricanes in the summer of 2021 and played there for two seasons.

Last year with the Hurricanes, Stepan recorded 11 points in 73 games.

Overall, Stepan netted 182 goals and 333 assists which totaled 515 points in his 890-game career.

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Alec Cipollini is a journalist covering the Arizona Coyotes and Phoenix Rising for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on his new X account @AlecCipollini

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