Havlat an­nounces re­tire­ment af­ter 14 NHL sea­sons

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TORONTO - Martin Havlat has an­nounced his re­tire­ment af­ter putting up 594 points in 790 NHL games over 14 sea­sons. Nick­named “Mach 9” for his skat­ing prow­ess, Havlat played for the Ot­tawa Se­na­tors, Chicago Black­hawks, Min­nesota Wild, San Jose Sharks, New Jer­sey Devils and St. Louis Blues. The 35-yearold an­nounced his re­tire­ment on Wed­nes­day through the NHL Players’ As­so­ci­a­tion. Havlat most re­cently played two games for the Blues last sea­son be­fore leav­ing the team for per­sonal rea­sons. He said his body won’t let him play up to his stan­dards any­more. A first-round pick of the Se­na­tors in 1999, Havlat was a Calder Tro­phy fi­nal­ist as rookie of the year in 2001-02 and helped Ot­tawa win the Pres­i­dents’ Tro­phy in 2001-02. In 75 play­off games, the Czech na­tive had 21 goals and 31 as­sists.

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