Former Colorado winger Milan Hejduk has announced his retirement from hockey.
The Czech winger spent 14 seasons with the Avalanche, playing in 1,020 games and scoring 375 goals and 805 points. Drafted by the Quebec Nordiques 87th overall in 1994, he was the only player to play 1,000 games in an Avalanche jersey since the franchise moved to Colorado.
The Usti native won a Stanley Cup with the Avs in 2001, as well as gold and bronze medals at the Olympics with the Czech Republic. He also won the Rocket Richard Trophy in 2003 as the NHL’s leading goal scorer, potting 50 goals that season.
The 38-year old had 4 goals and 11 points in 29 games last season but was not re-signed last summer as the franchise embarked on a bold new era under Hejduk’s former team mates Patrick Roy and Joe Sakic.
Speaking at a press conference today, Hejduk said
“I was fortunate to play many years at this level with a great organization and unbelievable teammates,” Hejduk said in a statement released by the Avalanche. “I realized my lifelong dream of not only playing in the NHL but winning a Stanley Cup. My family and I are proud to call Denver home and are enjoying our time together.”
He retires as the third highest scoring Czech in both goals and points.
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