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Player Reaction to Kubina's Retirement

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

"I would like to congratulate Pavel Kubina for his 14 years in the NHL, what a great accomplishment. Pavel has always been a great teammate on and off the ice. I had the pleasure of playing with and becoming a great friend and roommate of Pavel's during his nine years with the Lightning. I had the chance to watch him become a top defenseman in the league and more importantly was his teammate when we won the Stanley Cup in 2004. I wish all the best to him and his beautiful family."

- Vincent Lecavalier, Philadelphia Flyers forward.

"Pavel was one of the best defenseman I played with during my NHL career. More importantly he was a great teammate and friend. I will always care about Pavel as one of my best friends,"
- Mats Sundin, NHL veteran of 18 seasons.

"I will always look at Pavel from two angles: as an opponent and also like a teammate from spending a couple months together playing with the Philadelphia Flyers. The most important thing was our battles, when we stood against each other. He was on top of his hockey career when he won the Stanley Cup with Tampa. I have great memories from when we played together on the national team at the Olympics, and also the World Championship in 2005, which we won. It is sad that the Czech Republic is losing another great defenseman in the NHL, as he was a very experienced, quality hockey player."
- Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey Devils forward

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