Carolina Hurricanes Defenseman Jaroslav Spacek Retires

Jaroslav Spacek, who played with the Montreal Canadiens and Carolina Hurricanes last season, has retired from professional hockey.

In 880 career NHL regular-season games with the Florida Panthers, Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Edmonton Oilers, Buffalo Sabres, Canadiens and Hurricanes, Spacek accumulated 82 goals and 273 assists for 355 points, and 618 penalty minutes. He was originally drafted by the Panthers in the fifth-round (117th overall) of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

On January 26, 2006, the Chicago Blackhawks traded Špaček to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Tony Salmelainen. In 2005–06, Špaček was part of the cinderella Edmonton Oilers team that made a run to the Stanley Cup Finals. However, the Oilers lost in game 7 of the finals to the Carolina Hurricanes. Špaček had three goals and 11 assists in the 2006 Playoffs.

On July 5, 2006, Špaček signed a three-year contract with the Buffalo Sabres. In the 2006–07 season, Špaček helped the Sabres reach the Eastern Conference Finals. Špaček was named an alternate captain for the month of December 2007 and captain for the month of January under the Sabres 2007–08 rotating captain and alternate captains system. In the 2008–09 season, Špaček tied a career-high with 45 points in 80 games for the Sabres. On July 1, 2009, Špaček signed a three-year contract worth $11.5 million with the Montreal Canadiens. In the final year of his contract in the 2011–12 season, on December 9, 2011, Montreal traded Špaček to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Tomas Kaberle, something many Habs fans really wish they could have reversed.

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