A longtime star of the Boston Bruins announced on Friday that he will return to the Czech Republic to continue playing hockey.
David Krejci said in a written statement that he planned to leave the Bruins and go home:
“Since the end of the season, when I think about my future, it is clear that I need to make a difficult decision for me and my family,” Kreich wrote. “At this stage of my career and life, I need to go back to the Czech Republic and play in front of my family. They have done a lot to help me realize my NHL dream.”
“I want to play in front of my parents, brothers and friends. I want my children to live where I grew up, spend time with so many Czech family members who love them, and create lifetime memories,” he wrote.
Craig wrote in the statement: “I have given everything I have to you and the Bruins. Over time, Boston has become my second home.”
“I am very grateful to my teammates, coaches and support staff, coaches and management for making me a part of so many great teams,” Kreich wrote.
“So now, I want to thank all Bruins fans for supporting me and my family over the past 14 years. I will always be grateful,” he wrote.
Krejci played a total of 962 games with the Bruins. The Bruins selected him with the 63rd overall pick in the 2004 NHL draft. He left with 215 goals and 515 assists, skating reached 143. He was a member of the men’s hockey team of the Czech Republic in the 2010 and 2014 Olympic Games.
He played for the Bruins’ 2011 Stanley Cup champion team, leading the playoffs with 23 points in 25 games. His scoring ability after the regular season earned him the nickname “Playoff Craig”. He scored 124 points in 156 playoff games in his career, ranking No. 1 among playoff players with at least 120 appearances. Fives.