Spacho Man Retires
The 13 year veteran defensemen Jaroslav Spacek announced retirement from professional hockey earlier today. Spacek, 38, was set to become a unrestricted free agent this coming 2012-2013 NHL season. Spacek was one of those late round draft picks picked at 117th overall in 1998 by the Florida Panthers, that really blossomed into a solid reliable two-way defensemen. Jaro was a great team player and always had something to say to his teammates, in a good way. Spacek’s best seasons were in 2002-2003 where he posted 45 points in 81 games for the Columbus Blue Jackets and in 2008-2009 were he posted a career high 37 assists and 45 points for the Buffalo Sabres. Spacek compiled 40 points in 145 games during his 3 year tenure in Montreal and was always appreciated and loyal to the Hab fans.
Although Spacho did not win a Stanley Cup he has a decorated International resume including a 1998 Gold medal in the legendary Nagano Winter Olympics. Spacek also won a Bronze medal in the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics, won 3 Gold medals in 1999, 2001 and 2005 in the World Hockey Championships, while playing from his home country Czech Republic.
- 22 Minute interview on Spacek – Family was one of the reasons why he retired.
- Here’s Spacek scoring a shootout goal in the 1998 Winter Olympics and tops it off with a funny celebration.
Spacho man, Spacegoat, Pigface, Spaco Spaco call him what you want but he was a very colorful player and will always be welcomed back to Montreal.