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Roman Hamrlik to announce retirement

Oct 20, 2013, 9:35 AM EST

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After 20 NHL seasons, Roman Hamrlik is calling it a career.

According to reports from Europe, Hamrlik will retire from hockey.  Roman Jedlicka in the Czech Republic says he’ll make his announcement official in Montreal at a press conference next week.

After so long in the NHL, Hamrlik has had a distinctive career. He was the No. 1 overall pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning back in 1992, the franchise’s first ever draft pick. He played with seven different teams over his career going from Tampa to Edmonton, Calgary, Montreal, the New York Islanders, Washington Capitals, and New York Rangers.

He showed he was worthy of his lofty No. 1 pick status right away. In his fourth season, he posted career-highs in goals (16) and points (65) with the Lightning. In his first 18 seasons, he scored 20 or more points each year. He finished his career with 155 goals and 638 points in 1,395 games.

From Yahoo!’s Sean Leahy, here’s video of the day Hamrlik was drafted by Phil Esposito and the Lightning in ’92.

  1. stcrowe - Oct 20, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    It is time. He had a good long career, but his skating has not been very good for the last few years. You could definitely see that time had caught up with him.

    • dcfan4life - Oct 20, 2013 at 10:57 PM

      Ya exactly, he was awful in Washington.

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