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Ziggy Palffy calls it a career

Jul 31, 2013, 11:40 AM EDT


On Tuesday, Ziggy Palffy announced his retirement from professional hockey.

“One morning is more beautiful than the previous one, and you have other opinions,” he explained, as per the IIHF website. “At this point, I believe that I quit. Definitive.

“Already I do not want to travel anywhere. Did it enough.”

The 41-year-old winger, who appeared in nearly 700 NHL contests with the Isles, Kings and Penguins, had spent last season with HC 36 Skalica of the Slovak Extraliga. Palffy was still a dynamic presence despite being one of the oldest players in the league, leading all scorers with 73 points in 39 games.

It’s not surprising Palffy was still lighting it up at 41, given his scoring prowess during his prime NHL years.

A three-time 40 goal scorer, which included a career-high 48 in 1996-97, Palffy averaged more than a point per game over his career. He also represented Slovakia numerous times on the international stage, appearing in three Olympic games while winning gold at the 2002 World Hockey Championships.



  1. nj666 - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Is he sure, he can play in NJ he wouldn’t be the only 41 year old guy..

  2. thegonz13 - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    You mean Palffy was still playing pro hockey? That, in itself, IS news!

  3. islesjb - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    One of the finest mullets ever to play the game and to don an Isles Gordon’s Fisherman jersey

    • hockeyflow33 - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      He will always be an Islander to me

  4. cruuuzcontrol - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Man, this dude used to be my favorite when I was a kid. I must have sent a hundred cards to him care of the Islanders… And he sent back every single one autographed.

    • islesjb - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:14 PM

      that’s awesome

  5. ibieiniid - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    lmao at this sequence of events:
    I read the headline.
    I think to myself: “Damn, Palffy was still playing?”
    I read the sub-headline: “Yes, he was still playing.”

    Halford really knows his readers.

  6. jacketsfan7 - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    I didn’t even know he was still playing…

  7. tjvalley - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    The last bonafide superstar the isles had before mulbury ruined the franchise.

    • islesjb - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:16 PM


  8. orangeandblack31 - Jul 31, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Wow, I thought we was older than that.

  9. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Jul 31, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    The Islanders had such bad luck with players staying healthy back then. They could have done some damage if Lafontaine, Palffy and Brett Lindros had longer NHL careers.

  10. galizische - Jul 31, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    Ziggy, along with the Dominator, are still playing. That’s awesome!

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