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Report: Spacek to retire after 13 NHL seasons

Monday, 11.19.2012 / 8:37 PM / News

NHL.com

Jaroslav Spacek, who played for seven NHL teams during his 880-game career, has decided to retire, according a report in the Czech Republic.

The report is from the website iSports.cz. Spacek played 46 games last season, and was traded from the Montreal Canadiens to the Carolina Hurricanes in December. He has 82 goals and 355 points in his career, which included stints with Florida, Chicago (twice), Columbus, Edmonton, Buffalo, Montreal and Carolina.

Spacek was a fifth-round pick in the 1998 NHL Draft. He had at least 40 points three times, including 45 in 2002-03 and 2008-09. The rugged defenseman also represented his native Czech Republic three times at the Winter Olympics, claiming a gold medal in 1998 in Nagano, Japan.

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