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D Roman Hamrlik retires after 20 NHL seasons

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TORONTO (AP) -- Defenseman Roman Hamrlik has retired after a 20-year NHL career.

The three-time All-Star was drafted first overall by Tampa Bay in 1992. He played 1,395 games in the regular season and 113 in the playoffs with the Lightning, Oilers, Islanders, Flames, Canadiens, Capitals and Rangers.

From Zlin, Czech Republic, Hamrlik had 155 goals and 483 assists for 638 points while averaging over 23 minutes in ice time.

The 39-year-old Hamrlik said in an NHLPA statement Monday: ''As a kid growing up in communist Czechoslovakia, I never imagined that I would one day have the opportunity to play in the National Hockey League.''

Hamrlik had one assist and was minus-4 in 16 games last season with the Capitals and Rangers.

An All-Star in 1996, 1999 and 2003, he helped the Czech Republic win the gold medal at the 1998 Nagano Olympics.

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