🇸🇰 Marián Gáborík Formally Announces Retirement From Pro Hockey

After spending the past three seasons on injured reserve due to a herniated disk, Slovak star forward Marián Gáborík officially announced his retirement from pro hockey at the age of 39.

The third overall pick of the 2000 NHL Draft, Gáborík broke into the league with the expansion Minnesota Wild, spending his first eight seasons in the State of Hockey, serving as team captain in his final season and holding all-time team scoring records to this day. He would sign as a free agent with the New York Rangers in 2009, spending three and a half seasons with the Blueshirts before joining Columbus as a trade deadline acquisition. He would only spend part of the following 2013-14 season as a Blue Jacket, again moving mid-season, this time to Los Angeles, where he would lead the league in playoff goals and win his first Stanley Cup with the Kings in 2014. Following one more season split between Los Angeles and Ottawa, Gáborík would undergo surgery for a herniated disc that would put his playing career to an abrupt end, as he spent three seasons on injured reserve before formally retiring, leaving the game with 1035 games played and 815 points over 20 NHL seasons, along with 58 points in 84 career playoff games.

A native of Trenčín, Gáborík joined the national team for the 1998 Under-18 European Championship, and captured Bronzes at both the Under-18 and World Junior tournaments in 1999, returning again the following year. Gáborík made his World Championship debut in 2001, his first of six appearances over a fourteen-year span, being named a top player on Team Slovakia in 2007 and 2015. Gáborík would also appear at the 2006 Turin and 2010 Vancouver Olympics, and was part of the Team Europe squad that finished runner-up at the 2016 World Cup Of Hockey.

Despite his international accolades, Gáborík only won the IHLC with Slovakia twice, both at the Olympics, in 2006 and 2010. We wish Marián and his family the very best for his retirement and the things to come!

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