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Kubina announces retirement

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Defenseman Pavel Kubina announced his retirement Friday after a 14-year NHL career.

Kubina helped the Tampa Bay Lightning win the Stanley Cup in 2004. He last played in the league in the 2011-12 season with the Lightning and Philadelphia Flyers, and spent part of last season in the Swiss-A league.

"Making my way to the NHL and playing in the best league in the world for (14) seasons has been a dream come true," Kubina said in a statement. "I will be forever grateful for the experiences and friendships that I have gained over the course of my career, including capturing the Stanley Cup in Tampa in 2004. Thank you to Phil Esposito for drafting me and giving me a chance to play for the Lightning. I also would like to thank my family and friends for their support throughout my hockey journey."

Kubina was drafted in the seventh round in 1996 by the Lightning and made his NHL debut during the 1997-98 season. He spent eight seasons in Tampa Bay. He also played for the Toronto Maple Leafs (2006-09), Atlanta Thrashers (2009-10), Lightning (2010-12) and Flyers (2012).

Kubina had 110 goals, 276 assists and 1,123 penalty minutes over 970 regular-season games. He played in 51 Stanley Cup playoff games. He was a three-time Olympian (2002, 2006 and 2010) for the Czech Republic.
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