Marian Gaborik calls time on 17 year NHL career
They say that you can never outrun the hands of time, and it looks to have been proven again. Marian Gaborik, a 17-year NHL professional, has called time on his career on the ice. A tremendous player in his peak, the Slovakian has decided to hang up his skates and move on. As arguably the greatest Slovakian hockey player of all-time, his achievements on the ice will be a thing to remember for Slovaks for years to come.
Gaborik first came to the NHL with the Minnesota Wild, and before long had become one of the most interesting players in the NHL. As part of the franchises inaugural season in 2000-01, he played there for eight years and helped to turn the Wild into a contender in that time. He helped them to make the post-season for the first time in franchise history, before bowing out in the Conference Finals.
He also spent time with the New York Rangers, spending four years there and reaching a career-high in goals – 42 – in a single season. He also reached the Finals with the Rangers, before spending time with Columbus Blue Jackets and then arriving at Los Angeles in 2014. There, he played a significant role in turning the LA Kings into a genuine title contender.
In a fantastic career in the NHL, he played over 1,000 matches and contributed over 800 points in total with 407 goals and 408 assists along the way. His time on the ice also seen a Stanley Cup win, when he helped the Los Angeles Kings to wain the 2014 edition of the title. Indeed, this would be only the second Stanley Cup in the franchise’s history, with his 22 points in just 26 games a key reason as to why they won the title.
Despite a stellar career on the ice, it would be fair to say that Gaborik is still quite underrated among fans who didn’t see him play every night. With a fantastic career record, though, he is one of the most important European imports into the NHL and played a huge role in helping to encourage others from his nation and surrounding nations to give it a shot.
While he might not be remembered as fondly as some of his fellow stars across the league, fans who watched him give it 100% on the ice will remember his talent, application, and consistency with fondness.
Time catches up with us all, though, and 17 years in a sport as physically demanding as the NHL can be hard on anyone. The end is now here, sadly, but fans – especially LA Kings fans – will be able to look back with nothing but fondness on the Marian Gaborik era.