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Jaroslav Spacek announces retirement

Nov 19, 2012, 8:24 PM EDT

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It might be appropriate to add Jaroslav Spacek’s final season to the list of lockout casualties.

The 13-year NHL veteran announced his decision to retire on Monday, according to iSport.cz via TSN’s Amanda Stein.

Spacek spent his solid career bouncing around the NHL, spending time with the Florida Panthers, Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Edmonton Oilers, Buffalo Sabres, Montreal Canadiens and then part of 2011-12 with the Carolina Hurricanes.

In total, Spacek scored 82 goals and 355 points in 880 regular season games.

He fought some injuries recently, but he seemed pleased to get out of what he called the “circus” atmosphere in Montreal during his brief run in Carolina.

Perhaps the roller coaster ride of the lockout sapped his will to play just a little bit longer.

  1. blomfeld - Nov 19, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    Sorry, but I’ve never heard of this guy ? …

    However I do know that Raleigh NC is named after Sir Walter Raleigh, who among other things was an English aristocrat, writer, poet, soldier, courtier, spy, and explorer ! :)

    • tbcrow - Nov 19, 2012 at 11:02 PM

      The guy was/is a monster. He came to Carolina as we got rid of Kaberle (thank god), and absolutely blew us away. He took a puck to the head, came back next game with a full cage. Definition of a tough hockey player, even though he is much older than the average.

      Thundering slap shot. I used to cut the ice at the Canes practice rink, I didn’t not want to stand behind the glass when him, Sutter, and Harrison were doing drills. Annoyingly enough, the Olympia was right behind their favorite end of the ice, and I think they got a mild satisfaction out of having a human target. >.>

      • blomfeld - Nov 19, 2012 at 11:42 PM

        tbcrow – Thank you sir, as I honestly didn’t have a clue ? Anyway, one thing I do know is that you guys won the Cup the year after the last lockout ! But you shouldn’t get any ideas about doing that again, as we LA Kings have our own plans ! :)

  2. deekster20 - Nov 19, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    Reblogged this on deekster20's Blog.

  3. zetaone - Nov 20, 2012 at 7:03 AM

    Jaro was a standup guy (I hate the cliche ‘class act’). I got to watch him play a few years in Buffalo. He was always a top 4 Dman on the team, and top 2 many nights. Great on the PP, and very reliable on the PK too. The guy’s got a pretty good sense of humor from what I remember as well. The only issue with his career was his many, many injuries.

  4. jrmehle - Nov 20, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    The first of many retirement announcements to come.

    • valoisvipers - Nov 21, 2012 at 10:54 AM

      1 down and 139 to follow? I hope not but history is always right as so many players played their last game without even knowing it during the last lockout. Sad but true friends.

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