In the official announcement, made on the NHLPA website, Kubina expressed his gratitude for the experiences he had and the friendships he made over the course of his 13 season NHL career.
“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,” said Kubina. “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.”
During his time with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Kubina suited up for a total of 582 regular season games. In that time, the 6’4” 258 pound defenseman scored 72 goals and 171 assists for a total of 243 points.
Kubina also saw the Stanley Cup Playoffs on 4 separate occasions while in the Bolts jersey. In the 51 playoff games that he suited up for, he scored 3 goals and 7 assists for a total of 10 points and 110 penalty minutes.
During his entire NHL career, he laced up his skates for 970 games scoring 110 goals and 276 assists for a total of 386 points.
Kuby was also a part of the 2004 Lightning team that captured the Stanley Cup under captain Dave Andreychuk.
Kubina also represented his native Czech Republic in three Olympic games; 2002, 2006, and 2010. In 2006, the Czech Republic captured the Gold Medal.
Pavel Kubina was drafted in the 7th Round, 179th overall, by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.
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