Found December 20, 2013 on Fox Sports Florida:
The time has come to announce my retirement from the game of hockey. This marks the end of a journey that started as a six-year-old boy in a tiny town in the Czech Republic and carried me through 970 games in the National Hockey League, many playoff games and a Stanley Cup Championship, three Olympics, and four World Championships over my 13-year NHL career. I need to first thank my parents, who encouraged, pushed and humbled me when I needed it. They drove me to thousands of practices and games as a boy, and without them, none of this journey would have ever been possible. I would also like to thank my wife, Andrea, and daughters, Tereza and Victoria, for being there for me through the good times and a bad, and supporting me in every decision I made. I would like to thank all of the players and coaches I have played with and for, from my days as a youth to my Czech national teammates and those from four different NHL teams. You all helped me become the best defenseman I could be an...
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