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Veteran forward Vaclav Prospal announces retirement

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Vaclav Prospal was last active for the Blue Jackets during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season.

TORONTO (AP) -- Forward Vaclav Prospal has retired following a 16-year NHL career.

Prospal appeared in 1,108 games with Anaheim, Columbus, Florida, the New York Rangers, Ottawa, Philadelphia and Tampa Bay. He registered 255 goals and 765 points.

The move wasn't a surprise. Prospal was scheduled to join Vancouver's AHL affiliate last weekend. But after talking with his family, the NHL club said the 38-year-old had decided to retire.

The NHL Players' Association made it official Tuesday.

Philadelphia selected Prospal No. 71 overall in the 1993 NHL draft. The native of Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic, had his best season with Tampa Bay in 2005-'06, when he had 25 goals and 55 assists.

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