Dallas Stars defenseman Stephen Johns announces retirement, cross-country excursion

Stephen Johns, a finalist for the 2020 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, announced his retirement from the NHL in an Instagram post on Sunday. In that same post, Johns shared his plan to rollerblade and road trip cross country to "help others facing their own battles."

Johns was named a finalist for the league’s award to the player who exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey after playing 17 games for the Dallas Stars in 2020. He played four seasons in the NHL with the Stars but bounced between Dallas and its AHL team from 2015-2020. Johns returned to Dallas last year after 22 months away from the game recovering from headaches and post-concussion syndrome.

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