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Former UND star Jeff Ulmer retires after 19 years of pro hockey in 13 countries

Jeff Ulmer won an NCAA national championship at UND in 1997.

He played for the New York Rangers.

He scored his first NHL goal against Dominik Hasek in Madison Square Garden.

He once played in a third period of an NHL game where the goal scorers were, successively, Jaromir Jagr, Jaromir Jagr, Mario Lemieux, Jeff Ulmer and Mark Messier.

Since graduating from UND in 1999, he has played for teams in the United States, Canada, England, Finland, Germany, Sweden, Belarus, Switzerland, Russia, Slovenia, Austria, Scotland and Denmark.

But after a fascinating 19-year professional hockey run, Ulmer has decided to retire.

The former UND standout announced his retirement on Twitter early Sunday morning.

"After 19 seasons and 1000+ games, I have played my last game," Ulmer wrote, attaching a photo of him smiling after a game. "This pic meant more to me than my first NHL game and goal. Seeing Robyn and Jaydee waving to me after a game was all that I needed. I will announce my next role in hockey soon. Love the support from you all."

The 41-year-old Ulmer was one of just two UND players from the 1990s still playing professionally.

The other is Bill Trew, 44, who has yet to sign for next season.

Ulmer's last season was spent with EHC Lustenau in Austria. He averaged more than a point per game, scoring 14 goals and tallying 33 points in 27 games. Two of his teammates last season weren't born when Ulmer started his pro career.

Ulmer played four years at UND from 1995-99.

His brother, Jason, played at UND from 1996-00, and has spent the last two seasons as a student assistant coach with the Fighting Hawks.

Jason played professionally for 16 years in the United States, Finland, Germany and Austria.

Brad Elliott Schlossman

Schlossman is in his 13th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2016 and 2018, he was named the top beat writer in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He also was the NCHC's inaugural Media Excellence Award winner in 2018. Schlossman has voted in the national college hockey poll since 2007 and has served as a member of the Hobey Baker and Patty Kazmaier Award committees.

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