Former NHL-All Star Martin Havlat announced his retirement after 14 seasons.
Havlat made the announcement via the NHLPA’s website. He last appeared in the NHL in 2015-16, playing two games with the St. Louis Blues, scoring his last NHL goal.
Havlat was a first-round pick of the Ottawa Senators back in 1999. He scored 594 points in 790 games, but never played a full 82-game schedule. During his career, he had shoulder surgery, a serious pelvic injury, and many groin injuries. Despite his injuries, Havlat was known for his clutch scoring, with 44 regular season GWGs and seven more in the playoffs. Three of those were in overtime.
He spent his first five seasons in the Canadian capital before being traded to Chicago, missing the Senators’ Stanley Cup Finals appearance by one year. He played with the Blackhawks for three seasons, but wasn’t re-signed for their 2009-10 Stanley Cup. He signed with Minnesota, and had his last good season in his second year there. After scoring 62 points in 2010-11, the Wild traded him to San Jose for Dany Heatley. After the trade, Havlat never played more than 48 games in a season, or scored more than 27 points in a season. After stints with New Jersey and St. Louis and Kometa Brno, Havlat decided to stop playing because of a “sharp pain” in his groin from “overuse and too many tears.”
While injuries shortened his career, Havlat says he’s “not angry now, just happy I did everything I could.” He currently lives in Florida, raising his two young daughters. He says he hopes neither play hockey until they’re older, so he can avoid spending time in “a cold rink” for a little while longer.