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Miroslav Satan calls it a career

May 20, 2014, 3:38 PM EDT

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Miroslav Satan, who played in over 1000 games and scored over 700 points during his 15-year NHL career, announced his retirement on Tuesday after representing his native Slovakia at the ’14 IIHF World Championships.

Satan, 39, made his mark over the course of eight seasons in Buffalo, posting career highs in goals (40, 1999) and points (75, 2003) while wearing a Sabres uniform. Satan also served as a rotating captain and played in 51 career postseason games for Buffalo, helping the team advance to the Stanley Cup Final in 1999.

It would take the Slovak forward 10 years to get back — in 2009, he won his first and only Cup as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Satan last played in the NHL during the 2009-10 season with Boston, and acquitted himself pretty well — 14 points in 38 regular season games, and 10 more in 13 playoff appearances. From there, he played in both the KHL and Slovak Extraliga, representing Slovakia on numerous occasions at the Worlds (Satan appeared in four Winter Olympics as well, including the 1994 games in Lillehammer.)

Aside from his cool surname, Satan will be remembered as one of the most prolific Slovakian players of all time. He currently sits sixth among Slovak scorers in NHL history, with 735 points.

  1. djshnooks - May 20, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    He was a great player, so exciting to watch.

    But, because he played for the Buffalo Sabres…he sucks. Worst player ever.

    *rolls eyes*

    • blomfeld - May 20, 2014 at 8:36 PM

      GOOD-BYE SATAN !!! :) :) :)

  2. govtminion - May 20, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    I still think if New Jersey had ever truly been serious about getting revenue going when they needed it, they should have signed Satan. That jersey would have flown off the racks. Missed opportunity, for sure.

    I actually liked having him in Boston, he was a pretty solid player during that late season stretch- it surprised me he didn’t come back the following year, I thought for sure Chiarelli would pick him up again.

  3. bruinsfan55 - May 20, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    Not Miro the Hero! He was fun to watch when he played with the Bs for that little while. He had some huge OT playoff game winning goals against Buffalo and Philly in 2010. Congrats on a great career Miro!

  4. chaseutley - May 20, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Satan shoots. Jesus saves. Satan gives up and calls it a career.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 20, 2014 at 6:44 PM

      Yah, I was thinking some religious folks might like the headline: Satan quits.
      But seriously, I’m told there really was a bumper sticker in the Boston area back in the early 1970s:
      Jesus saves, and Espo scores on the rebound.

  5. canucks30 - May 20, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    I liked his “get on the phone” celebration after he scored a goal in Toronto while playing for the Sabres around trade deadline time some years ago.

    • canucks30 - May 20, 2014 at 4:29 PM

      Here it is:

      • krebsy34 - May 20, 2014 at 5:01 PM

        YES!

  6. terrier92 - May 20, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    He was great for Bruins A lot of personality Great goal celebrations

  7. bostonfrogs - May 20, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    Huh. I always thought that Satan was too busy coaching the Crimson Tide to bother with hockey–who knew the Prince of Darkness was a two sport star?

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