Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/21/13
Longtime NHL defenseman Roman Hamrlik announced his retirement on Monday. Hamrlik the No. 1 pick of the 1992 NHL Draft played 20 seasons and appeared in 1395 NHL games with the Tampa Bay Lightning Edmonton Oilers New York Islanders Calgary Flames Montreal Canadiens Washington Capitals and New York Rangers. He had 638 points on 155 goals and 483 assists and played in three NHL All-Star Games (1996 1999 2003). The closest Hamrlik came to winning the Stanley Cup was 2010 when he got to the Eastern Conference Final with the Canadiens. He had three goals and 38 assists in 113 Stanley Cup Playoff games. Hamrlik also was a longtime player for the Czech national team and won an Olympic gold medal in 1998. "I am grateful for all the support given to me during my hockey career" Hamrlik said in a statement released by the NHL Players Association. "I will always appreciate the opportunity to play in the greatest League of the world." The expansion Lightning used their first draft pick to select Hamrlik. He played five and a half seasons with the Lightning and posted career highs in goals (16) assists (49) and points (65) in 1995-96. Hamrlik was traded to the Oilers midway through the 1997-98 season and remained there through the 1999-2000 season and then signed as a free agent with the Islanders in the summer of 2000. Hamrlik played four seasons with the Islanders and matched his career high of 16 goals in 2000-01. He signed a two-year contract with the Calgary Flames in 2005.
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