HAMILTON, Ontario – The Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League announced that forward Benoit Dusablon has retired from professional hockey. Dusablon has been suffering from neck spasms and did not play in any games with Hamilton after signing with the parent Montreal Canadians on August 24. Long Beach is the ECHL affiliate of Hamilton of the AHL and Montreal of the National Hockey League.
“I’ve done everything that I could to fix my problem and it did not go away, so the only option left was to move on with my life,” said Dusablon. “Health is more important than anything else. I wish the Hamilton Bulldogs and the Montreal Canadiens all the best.”
The 25-year-old Dusablon played the first three games of his NHL career with the New York Rangers in 2003-04. He was one of the record 11 players who played in both the ECHL and the NHL in 2003-04 and was one of the record 40 players that played in the NHL in 2003-04 after playing in the ECHL.
Signed as a free agent by the Rangers on June 12, 2002, Dusablon scored 20 points (10g-10a) in 19 games with Charlotte. He also played in the American Hockey League with Hartford, scoring 24 points (10g-14a) in 35 regular season games and seven points (2g-5a) in 16 playoff games.
The 6-2 and 209-pound Dusablon began his professional career in the ECHL in 2000-01, scoring five points (2g-3a) in 11 games with Johnstown and 50 points (21g-29a) in 49 games with Tallahassee, and returned in 2001-02, scoring 25 points (12g-13a) in 19 games with Charlotte.