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Defenceman Kubina retires after 13 NHL seasons

TSN.ca Staff

12/20/2013 10:16:44 AM

Former NHL defenceman Pavel Kubina announced his retirement on Friday through the NHL Players' Association.

The 13-year veteran won a Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning and also skated with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Atlanta Thrashers and Philadelphia Flyers.

Kubina, 36, skated in 970 NHL games, where he had 110 goals and 276 assists. He also added 10 points in 51 playoff games.

"Making my way to the NHL and playing in the best league in the world for 13 seasons has been a dream come true," said Kubina in an NHLPA statement. "I will be forever grateful for the experiences and friendships that I have gained over the course of my career, including capturing the Stanley Cup in Tampa in 2004."

Tributes from several players were also included by the players' association.

"I would like to congratulate Pavel Kubina for his 14 years in the NHL, what a great accomplishment," said Flyers forward Vincent Lecavalier. "Pavel has always been a great teammate on and off the ice. I had the pleasure of playing with and becoming a great friend and roommate of Pavel's during his nine years with the Lightning. I had the chance to watch him become a top defenseman in the league and more importantly was his teammate when we won the Stanley Cup in 2004. I wish all the best to him and his beautiful family."

"Pavel was one of the best defencemen I played with during my NHL career," said former Toronto teammate Mats Sundin. More importantly he was a great teammate and friend. I will always care about Pavel as one of my best friends."

Fellow Czech Republic and Flyers teammate Jaromir Jagr added his thoughts as well.

"I have great memories from when we played together on the national team at the Olympics, and also the World Championship in 2005, which we won," said Jagr. "It is sad that the Czech Republic is losing another great defenceman in the NHL, as he was a very experienced, quality hockey player."