Tampa, FL, United States (4E Sports) – Veteran defenseman Pavel Kubina has announced his retirement after a 14-year stint with the NHL, highlighted by a Stanley Cup win with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The 36-year-old Kubina last played in the NHL during the 2011-12 season, which he split between the Lightning and Philadelphia Flyers. He played briefly last season in the Swiss-A league.
“Making my way to the NHL and playing in the best league in the world for 13 seasons has been a dream come true. I will be forever grateful for the experiences and friendships that I have gained over the course of my career, including capturing the Stanley Cup in Tampa in 2004,” said Kubina.
A seventh-round pick (No. 179) by Tampa Bay in the 1996 NHL Draft, Kubina debuted with the Lightning during the 1997-98 season and played there through the 2005-06 campaign.
He spent three seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs and one with the Atlanta Thrashers before returning for a second stint with the Lightning starting in 2010-11.
In 970 career NHL games, Kubina scored 110 goals with 276 assists and 1,123 penalty minutes. He also played in 51 Stanley Cup Playoff games, 22 of which came in 2004 when the Lightning won the franchise’s first Stanley Cup.
Internationally, Kubina represented the Czech Republic in every major hockey championship. He played for his country three times in the Olympics (2002, 2006, 2010), highlighted by a bronze medal finish in 2006.
He was also a member of three gold medal-winning teams in four trips to the IIHF World Championship (1999, 2001, 2002, 2005). He played once in the World Cup of Hockey (2004); and he also played in the World Junior Championship (1995).