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Pavel Kubina announces his retirement from the NHL

Dec 20, 2013, 9:36 AM EST

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Pavel Kubina, who won the Stanley Cup in 2004 and played in 970 NHL games, has decided to hang up his skates.

“Making my way to the NHL and playing in the best league in the world for 13 seasons has been a dream come true,” Kubina said, courtesy of the NHLPA.

“I will be forever grateful for the experiences and friendships that I have gained over the course of my career, including capturing the Stanley Cup in Tampa in 2004. Thank you to Phil Esposito for drafting me and giving me a chance to play for the Lightning. I also would like to thank my family and friends for their support throughout my hockey journey.”

Kubina was originally taken by the Tampa Bay Lightning with the 179th overall pick in the 1996 NHL Entry. Starting with the 2000-01 campaign, Kubina recorded at least 30 points in seven of nine seasons. Overall, the defenseman had 110 goals, 386 points, and 1,123 penalty minutes with Tampa Bay, the Toronto Maple Leafs, Atlanta Thrashers, and Philadelphia Flyers.

He also played for the Czech Republic in the 2002, 2006, and 2010 Winter Olympics and earned a bronze medal in 2006. His final NHL campaign was 2011-12, but he attempted to extend his career by signing with Geneve Servette of the Swiss League. He ended up playing in just three contests.

  1. lightning69 - Dec 20, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Best wishes to your next stage of life Pavel! Tampa fans still remember your important part of Lightning Hockey success. Thanks for your great play, attitude and class and for helping Lord Stanley finally work on that tan in 04.

    Hope you find happiness off the ice as much you showed on it.

  2. muttbolts91 - Dec 20, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Stevie Y, please sign him to a one day contract and let him retire a bolt.

    • blackandorangeforlife - Dec 20, 2013 at 2:48 PM

      I’m sure they will if they dont i wont make any sense!

  3. macjacmccoy - Dec 20, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    what does this do for Phillies cap?

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