Listing family reasons and a bad back, Jaroslav Spacek announced his retirement over the weekend ending a thirteen year NHL career. The 38 year old Spacek played 880 regular season games for the Florida, Chicago, Columbus, Edmonton, Buffalo, the Canadiens and Carolina.
Spacek played just over two years and 145 games with the Canadiens. He suffered two separate injuries last season with Montreal and then in December on the day he was due to come off the injury reserve list, he was traded to Carolina for Tomas Kaberle. It was in Raleigh that he started to contemplate retirement.
He told iSport.cz,
“The family remained in Montreal, and I was alone for three and a half months. For me personally, it was very difficult. One day I was sitting at home on the couch. Everything was quiet, no one around me, I had been hurt and I wondered if I was still needed. I was out five times with injuries. I would play two, three and again I would be back in the hospital. It was hard to take.”
Spacek was an unrestricted free agent and the Philadelphia Flyers reportedly expressed interest in him during the summer. That ended with the lockout. During his 13 season career, Spacek scored 82 goals and added 273 assists, a total of 355 points, to go along with a + 49 rating and 618 penalty minutes.
Spacek is now coaching the defence on his hometown Czech Republic team in Pilsen.