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Ron Hextall, who displayed a fiery temperament during a 13-year NHL career and was the first goaltender to shoot a puck into the opposition's net, retired on Monday.

Hextall, 35, made the announcement at the training facility of the Philadelphia Flyers, for whom he played all but two seasons.

"I thought all summer about this decision," he said. "All along I felt like the right way to go was to retire for many, many reasons. I had an offer to play and I still wanted to play, but I guess in the end I felt like the right thing to do was to call it a career."

Hextall immediately was named a scout by general manager Bob Clarke, who waived the 1987 Conn Smythe Trophy winner on July 1.

His 240 wins, 489 games played, 45 playoff victories and 89 postseason appearances rank first in Flyers history, but the club released him this summer.

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