Longtime defenseman Hamrlik announces retirement

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Defenseman Roman Hamrlik announced his retirement Monday.

Hamrlik, the No. 1 pick of the 1992 draft, played 20 seasons and appeared in 1,395 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders, Calgary Flames, Montreal Canadiens, Washington Capitals and New York Rangers.

The three time All-Star had 638 points on 155 goals and 483 assists. He had three goals and 38 assists in 113 Stanley Cup playoff games.

Hamrlik also won an Olympic gold medal for the Czech national team in 1998.

"I am grateful for all the support given to me during my hockey career," Hamrlik said in a statement. "I will always appreciate the opportunity to play in the greatest league of the world."

He established career highs in goals (16), assists (49) and points (65) for Tampa Bay in 1995-96. After playing five-plus seasons with the Lightning, he was traded to the Oilers during the 1997-98 season. He then signed a free agent deal with the Islanders in 2000. He matched his career-high with 16 goals in 2000-01. He went to the Flames as a free agent in 2005. In 2007, he signed with Canadiens before heading to the Capitals in 2011. He ended his career with the Rangers, who waived him at the end of last season after playing 12 regular-season and two playoff games.
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