Colorado Avalanche forward Milan Hejduk is reportedly getting set to play his final game in his NHL career with his retirement announcement looming. According to Mike Chambers of the Denver Post, Hejduk will suit up for this Saturday’s game against the Minnesota Wild and Chambers calls it the final time you may see him play for the Avalanche.
While no official announcement has been made, Chambers states that this is likely it for Hejduk and his illustrious career. Hejduk, a veteran of 14 seasons in the NHL has spent his entire career with the Avalanche.
Drafted 87th overall in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, the Czechoslovakian native has been a consistent offensive threat for Colorado. He enjoyed his best season during the 2002-03 campaign that saw him score 50 goals, register 98 points in all 82 games and win the Maurice Richard Trophy for the most goals in the league.
The three-time all-star has played in over 1,000 career games and has recorded 375 career goals to go with 430 career assists, good for 805 points.
This year through 28 games for the Avalanche, Hejduk has scored 4 goals and 7 assists while posting a minus-7.
Last season Hejduk signed a one-year extension with the Avalanche and with the club heading towards a re-building phase, now may be the time for the lofty veteran to hand up the skates for good. The Avalanche will be faced with some salary cap issues this summer and having Hejduk’s $2MM coming off the books will certainly help the organization.