NHL News: Former Flyers Great Officially Retires At Age 34

After being selected with the seventh overall pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, he went on to generate six 20-goal seasons and a first-team NHL All-Star selection with the Philadelphia Flyers. But after over 1,000 games and close to 10 concussions over the course of his career, Jakub Voracek knows when it's time to call it quits, and he has officially retired.

I can't go on the ice anymore, I've come to terms with it. It wasn't hard to accept that it was over. I knew it couldn't be done. And if something doesn't work, there's no point in worrying about it. 

Life isn't just about hockey, I've seen it like that my whole career. I have nothing to complain about. I have played fifteen years and over a thousand matches, I am satisfied. It's time to do something else.

Voracek last played in the NHL with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2022-23, returning to the team that drafted him to spend his final two seasons. Now at the age of 34, he's admitted that his head injuries have now forced him to retire, but he's happy to be able to spend more time with his family going forward. 

In 1058 career games, he recorded 223 goals, 583 assists and 906 points. In a seven-season stretch with Philly from 2012 through 2019, Voracek recorded at least 20 goals six times. 

Congratulations to Voracek on a terrific career. 

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