Longtime NHL d-man Jiri Slegr calls it a career


Journeyman blueliner Jiri Slegr, who appeared in over 600 NHL contests with six different organizations, announced his retirement from professional hockey after a final season with HC Litvinov of the Czech League.

Slegr, 43, broke into the NHL with Vancouver during the 1992-93 season and went on to play for Pittsburgh, Boston, Edmonton, Atlanta and Detroit, winning a Stanley Cup with the Wings in 2002.

A decorated international competitor, Slegr has represented his country of a number of occasions and won a pair of Olympic medals — a bronze under the Czechoslovakian banner in 1992, then, famously a gold in ’98 as the Dominik Hasek-led Czech Repblic squad won it all in Nagano in the first Winter Games to feature NHL players.

Slegr last played for Boston during the 2005-06 campaign, and has spent the last several seasons playing in his native country. He also had a brief foray into politics that saw him step away from hockey for a few years, only to return playing in 2013.