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Photos: A look back at Ryan Smyth's hockey career

NHL veteran spent most of his 18-year career with the Edmonton Oilers

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Canada's Jamie Storr, left, and Ryan Smyth relish their gold medal win at the World Junior Hockey Championships in Red Deer, January 2, 1994.

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Edmonton Oilers Ryan Smyth is sent flying by Calgary Flames goalie Fred Brathwaite during first period NHL action in Calgary, Monday, Feb. 8, 1999.

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Edmonton Oilers Ryan Smith is tripped by Dallas Stars Darryl Sydor during second period NHL playoff action in Edmonton, Tuesday April 18, 2000.

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Team Canada's Ryan Smyth celebrates the winning goal  during third period action against Switzerland at the world hockey championships in St.Petersburg Russia Thursday May 11, 2000.

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Canadian players Ryan Smith, from the Edmonton Oilers, right, and Kris Draper from the Detroit Red Wings, celebrate after the third goal for Canada during the Ice Hockey World Championships group D match Canada versus Italy in Hanover's Preussag Arena Monday April 30, 2001.

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Canada's Ryan Smyth (94) battles with Doug Weight (39) of the United States as Canada's Eric Lindros looks on during first period action in the gold medal hockey game at the Winter Olympics in West Valley City, Utah, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2002.

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Canadians, left to right, Eric Brewer, Ryan Smyth and Dany Heatley celebrate their advance to semi-final after their victory over Germany in the quarter-final ice hockey match played at the Ice Hockey World Championship in Turku, Finland, Wednesday, May 7, 2003.

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Team Canada's Rob Niedermayer left and Ryan Smyth centre congratulate team mate Shawn Horcoff after he scored Canada's second goal of the game during the second period of the World Hockey Championship game against France in Prague Tuesday April 27, 2004.

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Canada's Ryan Smyth, left, celebrates scoring his team's third goal with teammates Vincent Lecavalier and Dany Heatley during second period play in their World Cup of Hockey quarter-final game in Toronto September 8, 2004.

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Canada's Ryan Smyth, centre, is checked by Italy's Christian Borgatello, left, and goalie Jason Muzzatti in their men's ice hockey game at the Torino 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy, February 15, 2006.

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Edmonton Oilers Ryan Smyth, rear right, and teammate Shawn Horcoff celebrate after Horcoff scored on the San Jose Sharks during the third period of Game 6 of their NHL Western Conference semi-final playoff game in Edmonton, Alberta May 17, 2006.

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Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward (left) grimaces as Edmonton Oilers Ryan Smyth crashes into him during first period  NHL Stanley Cup final action in Edmonton, June 12, 2006.

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Edmonton Oilers Ryan Smyth reacts after the Oilers lost Game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals hockey action against the Carolina Hurricanes Monday, June 19, 2006 in Raleigh, N.C. on June 19, 2006.

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Former Edmonton Oilers player  Ryan Smyth chokes back tears at the Edmonton International Airport prior to departing for New York and his new team, the Islanders, on Wednesday February 28, 2007.

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New York Islanders' Ryan Smyth (94) moves the puck past St. Louis Blues' Christian Backman during the second period of their hockey game, Thursday, March 1, 2007 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.

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Just-signed Colorado Avalanche hockey left winger Ryan Smyth talks at a news conference in Denver on Monday, July 2, 2007. Smyth agreed to a five-year deal worth $31.25 million with the Avalanche.

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Colorado Avalanches' Ryan Smyth, left, drives for the net against Edmonton Oilers' Dick Tarnstrom during the third period of their NHL hockey game in Edmonton October 23, 2007.

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Philadelphia Flyers right wing Claude Giroux, left, and Los Angeles Kings left wing Ryan Smyth battle for the puck during the second period of their NHL hockey game, Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010, in Los Angeles.

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Team Canada's captain Ryan Smyth lifts the winner's trophy after final match between Team Canada and HC Davos at the 86th Spengler Cup ice hockey tournament, in Davos, Switzerland, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012.

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Edmonton Oilers' Ryan Smyth takes the puck around Columbus Blue Jackets' Aaron Johnson during their NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio, March 25, 2012.

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Calgary Flames' Lee Stempniak and Edmonton Oilers' Ryan Smyth battle for the puck during second period NHL hockey action in Edmonton, Alta., on Saturday April 13, 2013.

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Edmonton Oilers Ryan Smyth speaks to media after announcing his retirement from NHL hockey in Edmonton, Alta., on Friday, April 11, 2014.

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