At the age of 37, hockey forward David Krejčí has decided to permanently end his active career for health reasons. The GMG Hockey agency, which represents him, announced it on social networks.
The 2011 Stanley Cup winner hasn’t played anywhere in Boston this season. This summer, however, he said he plans to return to the ice later, so he can possibly compete at the World Championships in Prague in May.
“David came to this opinion after consulting with his doctor because his injuries to the lower half of his body limit him to the point that he cannot train and exercise properly,” officials said. GMG Hockey in a press release. Krejčí will comment on his decision in an online press conference next week.
On behalf of the GMG Hockey agency, we would like to inform you that our client David Krejčí has decided today, at the age of thirty-seven, to end his playing career for health reasons. 1/4 pic.twitter.com/ujLAbU0bC3
– GMG Hockey (@gmghockey) December 1, 2023
The Olomouc native announced his retirement from the NHL in August, during which he played 16 seasons for Boston. But he was attracted by the start of the World Cup at home and considered playing in Europe. He spent the 2021/22 season in the supplementary league for Olomouc.
“The Prague championship attracts me. On the other hand, other things also prevail. Injuries, health. It all depends on me, there are ups and downs. We will see,” Krejčí said during of the Bâton d’Or awards ceremony in June. adding that he was considering several options. “I think 99 percent of the time I won’t start the season anywhere. In the NHL, in the Czech Republic, in Europe, nowhere. If it takes me until Christmas to decide, it will take until Christmas “, did he declare.
National team coach Radim Rulík considered the possibility that Krejčí would not return to hockey.
“I thought he would start playing, at the same time I knew from Tomáš Plekanec that he was suffering from health problems. It was at the time of the last national team meeting in Karjal. From that moment on “There, I was ready for both options. “You have to understand that at your age, health is a fundamental issue. From a psychological point of view, he certainly wanted to continue, but if health problems limit him so much that he cannot delve into it as he would need to, I understand his decision,” said Rulík to the iSport.cz server.
There was speculation that Krejčí could play for Olomouc, Třinec or Pardubice in the Czech Republic. But in the end, he won’t even participate in the supplementary league. He played 1,032 games in the NHL with a record of 1,231 goals and 555 assists.
He completed the next 160 games in the playoffs, where he scored 43 goals and added 85 assists. In addition to winning the Stanley Cup, the native of Šternberk also qualified for the final twice with Boston.
In the jersey of the Krejčí national team, he won bronze twice at the World Championships and participated in the Olympic Games three times.
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