Lightning’s First Draft Pick Roman Hamrlik Announces Retirement
Roman Hamrlik, the Tampa Bay Lightning’s first draft pick, will be calling it career after 20 NHL seasons. Hamrlik made his announcement to a Czech TV station Nova on Sunday and Czech TV announcer Roman Jedlicka shared it on Twitter. The official announcement is expected to be made at a press conference in Montreal next week.
Hamrlik was the only member of the Lightning’s inaugural team still in the NHL. After being selected first overall in the 1992 draft, he spent almost six seasons with the Bolts. He made the 1996 All-Star team and reached a career high in goals, assists, and points in the 1995-96 season.
One of the most famous stories from those early days are tales of Hamrlik fishing in a pond behind the Expo Hall arena where the team played their home games during their first season.
A strong two-way defenseman who went on to play for seven other teams, Hamrlik will end his career with 155 goals and 638 points in 1,395 NHL games.
Sean Leahy of Puck Daddy shared this video from Hamrlik’s draft selection:
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