- Kevin Hoffman – US PRESSWIRE
Jaroslav Spacek has retired from the NHL. Spacek turns 40 next February, and was probably planning on playing just one more season, but due to the lockout it has forced him to hang ’em up.
Drafted in the 5th round, 117th overall in 1998 by the Florida Panthers, Spacek played for 13 seasons with Florida, Chicago, Columbus, Edmonton, Buffalo, Montreal, and Carolina. His final two seasons he struggled to stay healthy, as he did most of his career. He played 82 games just once in his career.
While being reliable on the back-end of the ice, he could also put some points on the board. Spacek’s career high in points is 45, which he achieved twice. Those are solid offensive numbers for a defenseman.
Spacek ultimately ended up playing 880 games, tallying 355 points (82 goals and 273 assists). He was a +49 in his career. While he worked on the PK unit, Spacek also worked on the powerplay where he racked up 160 career powerplay points, as well as 12 shorthanded points.
Spacek’s retirement will most likely start a trend where older players, maybe such as Teemu Selanne, will start to retire because of an NHL work stoppage. It’s quite a shame for a player to go out like this, but when you have nothing left in the tank, you have nothing left in the tank. It’s better to retire on the bright side of your playing days than finish with mediocre play and poor performances.
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