Milan Hejduk has officially announced his retirement.
Hejduk was selected 87th overall by the Quebec Nordiques in 1994. He did not play in the NHL until the 1998-99 season. He spent his entire 14-year NHL career with the Colorado Avalanche, totalling 375 goals and 430 assists (805 points) in 1020 career regular season games. He was a three-time All-Star and was the 2002-03 Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy winner for most regular season goals with 50. He had 76 career playoff points (34G / 42A) and won one Stanley Cup in 2000-01.
Right-winger Milan Hejduk has moved to Ryan O'Reilly's line, with rookie Gabriel Landeskog.
Hejduk moves down to the second line where he will flank two youngsters. The new captain is second on the team in goals and points and should have no drop off playing with the same forwards he frequently plays with on the power play.
Goalie Semyon Varlamov and four others did not participate in today's Avalanche practice. Forwards Milan Hejduk, David Jones and Peter Mueller and defenseman Kyle Quincey also didn't skate with the team today.
Likely just maintenance days. Should there be any injuries, we will fill you in.