January 13, 2010 / 3:30 AM / 8 years ago

Maple Leafs' goalie Joseph ends 19-year career

<p>Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Curtis Joseph speaks with the referee during a break in play against the Dallas Stars during the third period of their NHL game in Toronto December 23, 2008. REUTERS/Mark Blinch</p>

TORONTO (Reuters) - Toronto Maple Leafs’ goalie Curtis Joseph, one of the most successful netminders in the history of the National Hockey League, ended his 19-year career by retiring on Tuesday.

The 42-year-old stopper finished with 454 career victories, trailing only Martin Brodeur, Patrick Roy and Ed Belfour in the all-time regular season goalie wins category.

“It’s a good day and it’s been a great career,” Joseph said during a press conference in Toronto.

“I‘m a lucky guy to do what I love to do for a living for 19 years, almost two decades. I‘m extremely happy and certainly felt I didn’t leave anything on the table.”

Joseph, who represented Canada at the 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympics, broke into the NHL in the 1989-90 season with the St. Louis Blues.

He also played for the Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames, Phoenix Coyotes and the Detroit Red Wings in a 943-game career.

Writing by Frank Pingue; Editing by Patrick Johnston

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