Former Hab Roman Hamrlik Calls it a Career

Photo by Bernard Brault (La Presse)

Photo by Bernard Brault (La Presse)

According to Roman Jedlicka, Roman Hamrlik will be ending his career and he will officially announce it at the press conference in Montreal next week.

Hamrlik was drafted first overall in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning. He made his debut that season, posting 21 points in 67 games with a -21 rating and 71PIM. He would then move on to play for the Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders, Calgary Flames, Montreal Canadiens, Washington Capitals and finally, the New York Rangers to finish off his 20 seasons in the NHL. Hamrlik also participated in three All-Star Games, in 1996, 1999 and 2003.

On July 2nd, 2007, Roman signed a four-year contract worth $22 million with the Montreal Canadiens. In those four seasons, he put up 119 points for the bleu, blanc et rouge. Hamrlik had to step up into a bigger role for the team when Andrei Markov went down with injury. It is safe to say that he did a pretty solid job at filling the vacant spot left by the Russian General.

Hamrlik’s time ended with the Canadiens following the 2010-11 season. The Czech blue liner was looking for a two-year deal, however, Montreal was unwilling to ink him to one. The Capitals gave him the term but he did not get into many games for them in the second year of the deal. They put him on waivers where he was claimed by the Rangers. Unfortunately, it looked like Hamrlik’s career was fizzling out.

Roman is retiring after recording 1395 regular season games, where he had 638 points (155G, 483A), 1408PIM and an overall -49  rating. He played in 113 playoff games, registering 3 goals and 38 assists for 41 points, 87PIM and a -28 rating. Even though Hamrlik is leaving the game on what some may consider a low note due to the second year with the Capitals and moving to New York, Roman had a long successful and productive career in the league.

Thanks for everything Hammer.

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