On The Sidelines : Knee Retires Bruin Gord Kluzak

Boston Bruins defenseman Gord Kluzak announced he is retiring because of knee problems.

Kluzak has had 11 knee operations during his eight-year National Hockey League career. He missed the entire 1984-85 and 1986-87 seasons and played only 11 games during the 1988-89 and 1989-90 seasons.

He played in two games this season in a comeback try but missed his third straight game Sunday night, not making the trip to Landover, Md., for the match with the Washington Capitals.

"My mind says to keep playing, but the knee says 'no,' " Kluzak said on WBZ-TV's "Sports Final" program Sunday.

Kluzak was the top pick in the NHL's 1982 draft.

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