CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Milan Hejduk still laces up his skates every day and heads out onto the ice, where his notoriously quick wrists continue to send puck after puck skittering into the net.
Only now he spends his time mentoring his 10-year-old twin sons, not rookie NHL players.
Hejduk announced his retirement, putting an official end to his stellar 14-year NHL career with the Quebec/Colorado franchise that included the 2001 Stanley Cup. He played another six seasons in his native Czech Republic.
In addition to coaching youth hockey, Hejduk is also hitting the slopes and the links aplenty, so walking away from professional hockey, he said, “wasn’t that difficult, really.”
Hejduk said he actually thought about calling it quits before last season but was nine games shy of 1,000 NHL games, so he returned in 2013 and finished his career with 375 goals in 1,020 games.