Forward played 17 seasons, won Stanley Cup with Kings in 2014. Marian Gaborik announced his retirement from the NHL on Thursday after 17 seasons. "Officially, 'This is it'," Gaborik said in a statement on Twitter. "It's been a great honor and privilege to play in the best league in the world since I was 18 years old. The journey has been nothing short from spectacular, amazing and unbelievable. Many times, it's been a roller coaster, but I always found the way back. Saying that, I'm so grateful and thankful to my family, my agent, teammates and coaches."
Born in Trencin, Slovakia, Gaborik scored 407 goals and accumulated 408 assists for a total of 815 regular-season points in his NHL career. His career spanned five NHL teams Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Los Angeles Kings and Ottawa Senators. Gaborik played a key role on the Stanley Cup-winning Kings in 2013-14 when he scored 14 goals in 26 playoff games.
Gaborik was drafted third overall by the Wild in 2000, making him the highest-drafted Slovak in NHL history. He also scored the first goal in Wild history and was the first All-Star for the franchise.In the 2000-01 season, his first in the NHL, he was fifth among all rookies in goals (18) and tied for fifth in points (36) in 71 games. The six-foot-one, 200-pound forward had his first 30-goal season in 2001-02, which he matched the next season.
He played in three NHL all-star games (2003, 2008, 2012) and was named the 2012 All-Star Game most valuable player after scoring four points (three goals, one assist) at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa.Gaborik represented Slovakia several times, highlighted by two appearances in the Olympics (2006, 2010) and six appearances in the World Championship (2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2015), while he played twice in both the World Cup (2004, as well as 2016 with Team Europe) and the World Junior Championship (1999, 2000).
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