The Reasons Behind David Krejci's NHL Departure

Published August 22, 2023 at 3:13 PM
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Krejci's Farewell: Shaping a New Era for the Bruins

As the offseason dust settles, another familiar name has joined the ranks of retirees, altering the course for the 2023 Boston Bruins.

The team waved goodbye to seasoned center David Krejci, concluding an illustrious 16-year journey with the franchise.

Krejci's exit closely follows Patrice Bergeron's retirement, signaling a turning point for the Bruins. With both stalwarts departing, Boston ushers in a new era of hockey.


In an honest virtual media session post-retirement, Krejci unveiled his reasons for stepping away from NHL action, sharing,
"I retired from the NHL because I know my body can't take the whole season. I have things that I would have to get done which would involve surgeries. And at my age, I'm not ready to do that. I don't want to do that anymore."

Krejci's final season was marred by a lower-body injury, limiting his on-ice presence. Yet, he rallied for pivotal playoff moments, underscoring his unwavering commitment to the team's triumphs.

The decision to retire was no hasty endeavor. Krejci confessed,
"The decision [to retire from the NHL] was made, I would say, when my injuries started to happen at the end of the season. But I didn't want to rush to my decision [either]. I really wanted to take my time and really think things over, because you don't want to make decisions when the emotions are going through you."

An apex of Krejci's legacy is his tenure with the Bruins, where he completed over 1,000 games, etching an indelible imprint on the franchise.

His 1,032 appearances in the iconic Boston jersey position him fifth on the team's all-time list. His impact extends to 231 goals (13th all-time) and 786 points (ninth in franchise history).

While his NHL chapter closes, Krejci doesn't seal the door entirely. The prospect of a return to the international stage looms, with contemplation of participation in the 2024 World Championships in Prague, following a stint with Olomouc HC in his hometown.

Ultimately, Krejci's retirement seals the culmination of an era, leaving behind a legacy of steadfast allegiance, resilience, and unparalleled dedication to the Boston Bruins.

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