Palffy retires

Slovak legend ends career

31.07.2013
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Palffy retires as one of the most decorated Slovak players of the modern era. Photo: Matthew Manor / HHOF-IIHF Images

Former NHLer and Slovak national team forward Zigmund Palffy has called it quits, announcing his retirement from hockey. "One morning is more beautiful than the previous one, and you have other opinions. At this point, I believe that I quit. Definitive. Already I do not want to travel anywhere. Did it enough," said the 41-year-old winger. Palffy hung up his skates after the 2012/2013 season where he was the most productive player in Slovak Extraliga Tipsport, registering 83 points in just 48 games. At the international level, Palffy was a member of the Slovak team that won gold at the World Championship in Gothenburg in 2002 and a year later claimed the bronze in Helsinki. In all, he played in the World Junior Championship (1991-1992), Canada Cup (1991), World Cup of Hockey (1996 and 2004), Winter Olympics (1994 and 2002) and World Championships (1996, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005). He represented Slovakia at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, and again in Salt Lake City 2002 and Vancouver 2010. At the NHL level, Palffy was an offensive force, totalling 713 points in 694 games with the New York Islanders, Los Angeles Kings, and Pittsburgh Penguins.  

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