Former Colorado Avalanche forward Milan Hejduk announces retirement from hockey

Former Colorado Avalanche forward Milan Hejduk officially announced that he is retiring from hockey on Monday.

Hejduk had contemplated retirement for as many as the previous three years due to injuries.

“I was fortunate to play many years at this level with a great organization and unbelievable teammates,” Hejduk said in a statement released by the team.  “I realized my lifelong dream of not only playing in the NHL but winning a Stanley Cup. My family and I are proud to call Denver home and are enjoying our time together.”

Hejduk, 38, played 14 seasons in the NHL, all with the Colorado Avalanche, and helped the Avs win the 2001 Stanley Cup championship.

Hejduk ranks fourth in franchise history in both goals and points, and is fifth in assists. He recorded 375 goals and 430 assists for 805 points in 1,020 career games.

Hejduk was named team captain on Nov. 14, 2011 and spent the 2011-12 season in that role. 

Hejduk appeared in his 1,000th game on Feb. 4, 2013 vs. Dallas, becoming the first player in Colorado Avalanche history to play 1,000 career regular season games. 

 

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