After failing to join a new club for the first time in over 20 seasons, Czech defensive anchor Tomáš Kaberle today announced his retirement from professional hockey at the age of 38.
Kaberle began his career with Kladno of the Czech Pro League at the age of 16, being drafted two years later by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Kaberle joined the Leafs in 1999, spending the next 12 seasons as arguably their top defender, playing in four All-Star Games. Kaberle was traded to Boston in 2011, spending 24 games in their playoff push that led to his only Stanley Cup. Kaberle then spent two seasons with Carolina and Montréal, but after failing to be resigned by the Canadiens, Kaberle returned to Kladno for two seasons, before spending his final pro season with HC Kometa Brno this past season.
Internationally, Kaberle first joined the Narodnitym senior team in 1999, suiting up for four World Championships, four Olympics and the 2004 World Cup, capturing World Championship Gold in 2005, as well as both a Worlds Silver and Olympic Bronze in 2006. Kaberle played in 93 games for the national team, ending his career with 43 assists and 52 points after the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Kaberle won his first IHLC at the 1999 Česká Pojišťovna Cup, winning four more titles at the 2002 Olympics, 2003 Worlds, 2005 Worlds (en route to his Gold Medal) and 2006 Olympics. We wish Tomáš and his family the very best for his retirement and the things to come!