Boston Bruins David Kreijci Ends NHL Career, Will Return Home To Czech Republic

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Boston Bruins centerman David Krejci will not sign a new contract in the NHL. He has decided to return to his home in the Czech Republic. The announcement was made on the Boston Bruins Twitter account on Friday.

“Since the end of the season, as I have thought about my future, it has become clear that I need to make a difficult decision for my family and I. At this point in my career and life, I need to return to the Czech Republic and play in front of my family, who sacrificed so much to help me achieve my NHL dreams,” Krejci said in a statement Friday. “I want to play in front of my parents, brother and friends. I want my children to live where I grew up.”

Krejci leaves the Bruins without a No. 2 center behind Patrice Bergeron. They did re-sign his left wing from last season, Taylor Hall, to a four-year, $24 million deal. Boston has just over $1.8 million in open cap space.

“The Bruins organization has treated me with the utmost respect. I am so thankful for my teammates, the trainers and support staff; coaches and management who have allowed me to be a part of so many great teams,” he said. “I have loved every Bruins team I have been a part of.”

The 35-year-old Czech has spent his entire 15-year NHL career with Boston. In total, he played 962 league matches and scored 730 (215 + 515) points.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Civil Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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