Un-signed Hejduk plans to retire
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Former Colorado Avalanche forward Milan Hejduk, who has yet to play in the National Hockey League this season, announced that he will hang up the skates.
Both NHL.com and the Denver Post on Wednesday cited Hejduk's interview with a Czech newspaper, Blesk, where the 37-year-old said he expects to make a formal announcement within the next month.
Hejduk spent his entire 14-season career with the Avalanche after being selected in the fourth round of the 1994 draft while the franchise was still based in Quebec. The right-handed winger totaled only four goals and 11 points in 29 games during the truncated 2013 season.
He remains the only player in Avalanche history to appear in 1,000 games, suiting up 1,020 times in all. The only other franchise player to reach that milestone was Joe Sakic, who appeared in 508 with Quebec and 870 with Colorado (1,378 total).
The former Rocket Richard Trophy winner (2002-03) has compiled 375 goals and 430 assists. Hejduk ranks fourth in franchise history in goals and points, and sits fifth in helpers.
Only two other Czech-born players have registered more points in the NHL -- Jaromir Jagr (1,702) and Patrik Elias (937).
11/13 12:29:23 ET