After a lengthy career that spanned the NHL, KHL and top leagues in Sweden, Finland, Switzerland and his native Slovakia, Slovak national team mainstay Richard Lintner today announced his retirement from his hometown club Dukla Trenčín, after spending parts of the last season transitioning to a career in broadcasting and marketing.
Lintner, a fifth round pick of the Phoenix Coyotes in the 1996 NHL Draft, bounced between the NHL minor leagues (both the AHL and IHL) before making his debut with Nashville in 1999, playing a total of 112 NHL games in three seasons with the Predators, New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins. Lintner also played parts of three seasons with Dinamo Minsk of the KHL, notching 32 points in 84 games. However, Lintner has strapped on a number of jerseys throughout the world, also suiting up for squads the Slovak Extraliga (Trenčín and Piešťany), Swedish League (Modo, Djurgårdens, Skellefteå, Färjestads and Rögle), SM-liiga (SaiPa and Lukko) and Swiss National League A (Fribourg-Gottéron).
It was for the Slovak national team, however, where Lintner shined, being a defensive anchor during Slovakia’s “golden age” at the turn of the 21st century, suiting up for six World Championships (2001-05, 2010), the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics and 2004 World Cup Of Hockey, being part of the historic Gold Medal squad at the 2002 Worlds in Gothenburg, Sweden. Lintner also took home a silver Worlds medal in 2000, and a bronze in 2003.
In terms of the IHLC, Lintner’s first and only title was part of that incredible 2002 Gold Medal victory at the World Championships, although Lintner did compete for the title again at both the 2001 and 2003 Worlds, and the 2004 World Cup. We wish Richard and his family the very best for his retirement and the things to come!