We have updated our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. By continuing to use the NHL’s online services, you agree to these updated documents and to the arbitration of disputes.
Welcome |Account|Sign Out 
NEW! SIGN IN WITH YOUR SOCIAL PROFILE
OR
Username or EmailPassword
 
SHARE

Nedved announces retirement from hockey

Friday, 03.14.2014 / 9:57 AM / News

NHL.com

Share with your Friends


Nedved announces retirement from hockey
Former NHL forward Petr Nedved, who has spent the past seven seasons playing in Europe, has retired from professional hockey at age 42.

Former NHL forward Petr Nedved, who has spent the past seven seasons playing in Europe, has retired from professional hockey at age 42.

CBC reported Nedved made the announcement Thursday after Bili Tygri Liberec, his team in the top Czech Republic professional league, was eliminated in the playoffs.

"I can hardly find anything as beautiful as hockey in my life," Nedved said, according to CBC.

Nedved was fourth in the Czech league with 50 points this season and had 19 goals in 49 games. He had one assist in five games for Czech Republic at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

In 1989, Nedved left Communist-controlled Czechoslovakia to join the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League, and after totaling 65 goals and 80 assists in 71 games, the Vancouver Canucks selected him with the second pick of the 1990 NHL Draft.

Nedved joined the Canucks as an 18-year-old for the 1990-91 season and had 10 goals and 16 points in 61 games.

In 15 NHL seasons, Nedved had 310 goals and 717 points in 982 games with the Canucks, St. Louis Blues, Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, Phoenix Coyotes and Philadelphia Flyers.

He scored at least 30 goals in a season four times, topped by a 45-goal, 99-point season with the Penguins in 1995-96.

After splitting the 2005-06 season between the Flyers, Oilers and the American Hockey League, Nedved returned to the Czech Republic, where he played one season for Sparta Praha then six seasons with Liberec, where he was captain.

Nedved won a silver medal playing for Canada at the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics.

Quote of the Day

It's pretty crazy, but believe me when I say we didn't draft these players with the mindset we had to because they had good hockey-playing dads. It just turned out that way. But we're certainly glad they're a part of our organization.

— Arizona Coyotes director of amateur scouting Tim Bernhardt regarding the coincidence that six of the organization's top prospects are sons of former NHL players