Veteran winger Radek Dvorak, who played 18 seasons with seven teams, retired from the NHL Tuesday. He wasn’t spectacular, but the Czech native holds a Panthers team record and stuck around hockey’s top league longer than most.
Veteran right winger Radek Dvorak, who played 1,260 career regular-season NHL games with eight teams over 18 years, retired Tuesday.
The 37-year-old Dvorak was drafted by the Florida Panthers 10th overall in 1995, and developed into a solid, if unspectacular forward who could play defense (he still holds Florida’s team record for most shorthanded goals, with 16). He had a 31-goal campaign for the Rangers in 2000-01, but never scored more than 20 in a single season after that. Having had two separate stints with the team, he’s second in Panthers franchise history in games played (613), but also spent time with the Blueshirts, Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues, Atlanta Thrashers, Dallas Stars, Anaheim Ducks and the Carolina Hurricanes. And he represented his homeland at the 2002 Olympics, the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, and numerous IIHF World Championships.
In a release from the NHL Players’ Association, the Tabor, Czech Republic native said he was honored to play in the world’s best leagues.
“I would like to thank to all the organizations, coaches and teammates I played for or with,” Dvorak said. “Also, thank you to my parents, wife and kids who have always supported me and helped me throughout my whole career. At last I would like to thank to my fans who believed in and followed me all these years.”