October 01, 2018

Hartnell, Vrbata Retire

Two long time NHLers announced their retirement on Monday.

Scott Hartnell, 36, played in 17 NHL seasons. In his career, he played with the Predators, the Philadelphia Flyers and Columbus Blue Jackets, tallying 707 points (327 goals, 380 assists) in 1,249 games. He was best known for his feistiness, his hairdo and his frequent falls to the ice.

Radim Vrbata was better known as a goal scorer in his 16 NHL season. Five times he reached the 20 goal mark. He scored 284 goals and added 339 assists for 623 points in 1057 career games. He played for seven different NHL franchises, and was a regular with Czech Republic on the international scene. He helped his country win the World Championships in 2005.

It has actually been a relatively quiet off-season for retirement news. Henrik Zetterberg and twins Henrik and Daniel Sedin headline the list. Alex Burrows, Patrick Sharp and Francois Beauchemin are other notables. Marc Savard also made his retirement official though he has not played since 2011 due to concussions.

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