Former Montreal Canadien Jaro Spacek retires.

Spacho Man Retires

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.

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.

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