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Former Avalanche star forward Milan Hejduk retiring from NHL

Monday, 02.24.2014 / 11:55 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Former Avalanche star forward Milan Hejduk retiring from NHL

CENTENNIAL, Colo. - Former Colorado Avalanche forward Milan Hejduk is retiring from the NHL.

Hejduk, 38, played 14 seasons in the NHL, all with the Avalanche. The three-time Olympian and native of the Czech Republic scored 375 goals in 1,020 games and won a Stanley Cup in 2001.

Only two Czech-born players have registered more points in NHL history: Jaromir Jagr and Patrik Elias.

In a statement, Avalanche Executive Vice-President Joe Sakic said Hejduk's "release along with his hockey sense and vision made him one of the premier goal scorers in the NHL during his prime."

Hejduk didn't play this season after a trying 2012-13 in which he missed time with shoulder and torso injuries and scored a career-low 11 points in just 29 games.

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