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Video: Sabres’ Hecht announces retirement

Apr 26, 2013, 10:53 PM EDT

Buffalo Sabres forward Jochen Hecht has concluded his National Hockey League playing career.

The Sabres, via the team’s official Twitter account, stated that Hecht announced Friday’s 2-1 shootout win over the New York Islanders was his last NHL game.

Hecht, 35, began his NHL career with the St. Louis Blues during the 1998-99 season. He joined the Sabres during the 2002-03 season.

He played 833 regular season games in the league, scoring 186 goals and contributing 463 points.

He also represented his home country of Germany in the last four Winter Olympics.



  1. kgun80 - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    I thought he was already retired? You could barely notice him on the ice anyway.

    • thomasvanek - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:48 PM

      Honestly, just shut up and show some respect. I hope you are not a Buffalo fan because you would be making us look like fools.

  2. kgun80 - Apr 27, 2013 at 6:35 AM

    I am a Buffalo fan..the truth is this guy has been subpar for 3 plus seasons. What do I owe him?I bought tickets for the last 30 years if anything he owes me.

    • thomasvanek - Apr 27, 2013 at 9:25 AM

      He’s a 4th liner! He was injured most of last season too. On the 4th line Jochen put up 14 points along side players like John Scott, Patrick kaleta, and a slumping Stafford. That is 24 points in a regular season. And remember that 06-07 season everybody loved so much? Yeah he got 56 points in 76 games in that one which was a big part in our success. Go back to Wayne Gretzkys stats during the end of his career. He was still putting up great numbers, less than half of what he used to.
      Hecht is a great player, but he is 35 years old. Jochen Hecht has been a Sabre for a decade and has done great things for this organization, so show the man a little respect and stop making Buffalo fans look like fools.

  3. mclovinhockey - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    @kgun, what could he possibly owe you? The guy (although a 4th liner) still has more talent than you. He played well and deserves respect.

  4. banger60 - Apr 27, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    can you really blame him?

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