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Martin Hanzal Announces Official Retirement From the NHL

As per Arizona Coyotes’ writer Craig Morgan, Martin Hanzal is making his retirement from the NHL official.

The news coming down the wire on Sunday that NHL forward Martin Hanzal is retiring from the NHL shouldn’t be surprising. This is news that has been discussed, teased and hinted at for some time. But, as per Arizona Coyotes’ writer Craig Morgan, Hanzal is making his retirement official.

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The 33-year-old has had back injuries cut his career short and he’ll end his career with 127 goals, 338 points and 574 penalty minutes in 673 career NHL games. When talking about finally deciding to hang up his skates, Hanzal said, “It’s a little bit of a relief because the last couple of years I wasn’t sure if I’d play another NHL game or be healthy again so now it’s official: I am retired from the NHL.”

He did admit that if healthy, he’d likely continue his career but multiple surgeries later, “I just can’t do it anymore,” he admitted. His last trip to the doctor revealed that he only had two choices: do another surgery or be done playing. Because there was no guarantee another surgery would solve his back issues, he felt it wasn’t going to be beneficial to go ahead with it.

He’ll Be Remember As Arizona’s Premiere Power Forward

Hanzal spent most of his career with the Arizona Coyotes. He was a first-round pick by the team (then Phoenix Coyotes) in 2005. After 10 seasons with the team, he spent his final years in Minnesota and Dallas. He never saw the same kind of success.

His former coach, now head coach of the Edmonton Oilers, Dave Tippett said, “Most teams have a No. 1 center, a No. 2 and a No. 3. We asked him to be No. 1 and No. 3 both and that’s a hard job to do.” Saying everything they asked him to do was the hard minutes of the game, he relished all of it.

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