Boston Bruins' David Krejci Announces Retirement

Longtime Boston Bruins forward David Krejci has officially announced his retirement from the NHL. 

This news is not particularly surprising, as it was reported earlier this month that Krejci was expected to call it quits. Now, it has officially come to fruition, and the Bruins have lost their second-best center in the process.

Krejci spent the entirety of his 16-year NHL career as a Bruin, where he posted 231 goals, 555 assists, and 786 points in 1,032 games. He also won the Seventh Player Award (2009), NHL Plus-Minus Award (2009 & 2014), Bruins Three Stars Award (2010, 2014 & 2016), Stanley Cup (2011), and Elizabeth C. Dufresne Trophy (2014). He also led all NHL players in playoff points twice (2011 & 2013).

Although Krejci's retirement was expected, it is still tough news that the 37-year-old will not be in Boston's lineup next season. He was still quite effective as their 2C last season, posting 16 goals and 56 points in 70 games.

Here's to hoping that Krejci has the happiest of retirements.

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