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Defenseman Pavel Kubina retires from the NHL after 14 seasons

Pavel Kubina appeared in 51 playoff games in his career. (Harry How/Getty Images) Pavel Kubina appeared in 51 playoff games in his career. (Harry How/Getty Images)

Defenseman Pavel Kubina has announced his retirement from hockey after 14 seasons in the NHL, according to Fox Sports.

Kubina is best known for his time with the Tampa Bay Lightning who drafted him in 1996, and where he was a part of the 2004 Stanley Cup Champions. The 36-year old thanked the Lightning organization as well as friends and family in a press release on Friday.

"Making my way to the NHL and playing in the best league in the world for 13 seasons has been a dream come true. I will be forever grateful for the experiences and friendships that I have gained over the course of my career, including capturing the Stanley Cup in Tampa in 2004. Thank you to Phil Esposito for drafting me and giving me a chance to play for the Lightning. I also would like to thank my family and friends for their support throughout my hockey journey."

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Kubina last played in the 2011-'12 season for the Philadelphia Flyers . He finished his career with 110 goals and 276 assists.

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