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Petersen considering retirement

Published: June 10, 2014, 11:41 am, by Joe Paisley

Petersen imageAn injury-shortened season has given former Tiger forward Toby Petersen a lot of time to consider retirement.

He hasn’t made his decision yet but is leaning toward ending his 14-year professional career after his Texas Stars battle the St. John’s Ice Caps for the Calder Cup championship in the American Hockey League.

Injuries limited him to 33 regular-season games (11 points, six assists) and a broken foot sustained while blocking a power-play shot ended his playoff run at seven games (one assist).

Now, he is watching the Stars, which are tied 1-1 with St. John’s headed into Game 3 on Wednesday in Newfoundland.

“My friends are asking me when I plan to hang it up,” he said. “With the NHL in the rearview mirror it is something you have to consider.”

He last played a single game with the Dallas Stars during the 2012-13 season and 39 the season before. His best NHL season was 18 points (10 assists) in 2001-02 in 79 games with Pittsburgh. His NHL career totals are 81 points (48 assists) on 398 games. He played three seasons in a row (2008-11) with Dallas.

This marks the final year of his contract with the Stars organization, which used him as a mentor in Austin for the team’s prospects. It’s a role he was happy to embrace.

‘This is the world’s best developmental league so it is important to help the younger guys adjust and get them ready for the NHL,” Petersen said.

Former Tiger defenseman Kris Fredheim and Cody Lampl are on the St. John’s roster but neither has played in the Calder Cup Finals. Fredheim suffered a shoulder separation and broken sternum in January that limited him to nine playoff game (one assist) since. His contract is up after this season as well and he is unsure where he may end up next season. He made his NHL debut during the 2011-12 season with the Wild, playing three games (no points).