Report: Krejci to announce retirement

Another Bruins legend hangs 'em up.

Published 8 months ago
Report: Krejci to announce retirement
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According to a report from Boston Bruins insider Jimmy Murphy, longtime Bruins forward David Krejci is set to announce his retirement from the NHL and from professional hockey in general. Murphy reports, however, that there's a chance that Krejci will play one last tournament for his native Czechia at the 2024 IIHF World Championships.

“He may play for the national team, but otherwise, he’s done,” Murphy reported for Boston Hockey Now.

The source said that Krejci would make his announcement ‘very soon’ but it will be ‘low key’ since he already left the NHL and the Bruins once.

Following the Bruins' upset loss to the Florida Panthers in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Krejci let it be known that it was NHL or bust for him and that he wouldn't be returning to play in Czechia like he did in 2021.

“No. Now it’s either come back or be done,” Krejci said. “If I come back, then yeah, it would be NHL. I did what I did last year, and I’m happy. No regrets. But I closed the door so that I will make a decision soon. It would be NHL. Obviously, be the Bruins.”

Apparently he has made up his mind and has chosen to retire. Of course, Krejci isn't alone in his decision as longtime Bruins center Patrice Bergeron also announced his retirement earlier this offseason. Now, between Bergeron's and Krejci's retirements the Bruins are without either of their top two centers for the upcoming season.

If this is indeed the end of the road for Krejci, it's been one Hell of a run for the former 2nd round selection way back in 2004. In 1032 career regular season games, all with the Bruins, Krejci managed 231 goals and 786 points with an impressive +166 plus-minus rating. He was also a clutch performer in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and actually led the Bruins in scoring during their 2011 Stanley Cup championship run with 12 goals and 23 points in 25 post-season games.

But, at 37 years of age, with millions in the bank and with several career accomplishments to his name, you can't blame the guy for packing it in.

Source: Jimmy Murphy