David Krejčí hanging up his skates after 16 years with the Boston Bruins

Photo: Czech Olympic Committee

After 16 NHL seasons with the Boston Bruins, Czech-born David Krejčí announced his retirement from the National Hockey League on Monday. Krejčí played all 16 seasons of his professional hockey career with the Boston Bruins, developing a reputation of being a skilled and intuitive playmaker.

David Krejčí who wore the number 46 for a total of 16 seasons with the Boston Bruins in the National Hockey League announced his retirement on Monday evening. The 37-year-old’s departure from professional hockey has been described as a major loss by teammates and hockey commentators alike, as Krejčí had established himself as a ‘silent killer’ for the Bruins. Making his NHL debut in 2007, he racked up a total of 786 points, playing over 1,000 regular season games, and 160 playoff games.

While he may not have been as loud and vocal as other Boston Bruins superstars like Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron, and commentators have noted that Krejčí did not receive as much credit as his other teammates, he was an essential centre-man who played up the middle, a critical part of Boston’s offensive line.

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Author: Amelia Mola-Schmidt