Zigmund “Ziggy” Palffy announced retirement from professional hockey on Wednesday.
The 41year-old Palffy is from Czechoslovakia and he started hockey career with the Czechoslovakia National team in 1991 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship. In the same year he was drafted by NY Islanders in second round, 26th overall.
He spent his NHL career with NY Islanders, Los Angeles Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins. When he was with Penguins, announced his retirement due to shoulder injury in 2006. He completed his NHL career with 12 seasons and 713 points in by posting 329 goals, 384 assists in 684 regular season games. Also he ranked at seventh in League history among Slovak players in goals and points.
He gave a comeback in 2007 and played with HK 36 Skalica team. He spent five seasons with this team and notched 73 points by posting 26 goals in 39 games.
Four times NHL All-Star said that, “One morning is more beautiful than the previous one, and you have other opinions.”
“At this point, I believe that I quit. Definitive. Already I do not want to travel anywhere. Did it enough.” he added.
Palffy won a gold medal in 2002, bronze in 2003 at the IIHF World Championship. He played in the 1994, 2002 and 2010 Winter Olympics, and had three assists in seven games.