Sean Burke appeared in 23 games for Los Angeles in last season. ((Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press))

Goaltender Sean Burke on Tuesday officially announced his retirement from an NHL career that spanned parts of three decades.

Burke, 40, was signed with Los Angeles midway through last season as an emergency replacement after the Kings suffered injuries at the position. He played in 23 games for Los Angeles, finishing with a 3.11 goals-against average and one shutout.

Burke made a splash in his rookie season with the New Jersey Devils in 1988.Fresh off representing Canada at the Calgary Olympics, Burke joined theDevils late in the season and led them toa surprising Eastern Conference final berth.

When his playing time waned in 1990-91, Burkedecided after theseasonto play for the Canadian national team instead of returning to the Devils.

Burke was in net as a team led by Eric Lindros won silver at the 1992 Albertville Olympics, and he would go on in subsequent years to play for Canada in world championships.

New Jersey traded Burke in 1992 to the team he would enjoy his longest tenure with, the Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes.

The six-foot-four netminder played with Vancouver, Florida, Phoenix, Tampa Bay, and twice with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Burke recorded 38 shutouts in 820 games, finishing with a 2.96 goals-against average.

Burke played with the Toronto Marlboros in the OHL before being drafted by New Jersey in the second round of the 1985 draft.