Former Colorado Avalanche forward Milan Hejduk retiring from NHL

By: News services
February 24, 2014 Updated: February 24, 2014 at 9:51 am
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Former Colorado Avalanche forward Milan Hejduk, who helped the Avs to the 2001 Stanley Cup championship, announced his retirement from the NHL on Monday.

Hejduk, 38, played all of his 14 NHL seasons with the Avalanche.

"I was fortunate to play many years at this level with a great organization and unbelievable teammates," said Hejduk in a statement through the Avalanche. "I realized my lifelong dream of not only playing in the NHL but winning a Stanley Cup. My family and I are proud to call Denver home and are enjoying our time together."

Hejduk scored 375 goals and had 430 assists for 805 points in 1,020 games.

A native of the Czech Republic, Hejduk ranks fourth in Avalanche history in both goals and points, and he is fifth in assists.

Hejduk did not receive a new contract from the Avalanche after last season and has not been signed by another team this season. Hejduk played in 29 games durinig the 2012-13 season, scoring four goals.

"Milan was one of the most humble players I ever had the privilege of competing with," said former teammate and current Avalanche executive Joe Sakic. "On the ice, he had one of the quickest and smoothest hands of any teammate I ever played with. ... Milan was a true winner and would do anything to help our team win. He was a quiet leader who led by example and always represented this organization with class."

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