Former Winnipeg Jets goalie, Ondrej Pavelec has announced that he will be retiring from the world of hockey after playing 11 seasons in the NHL.
The public was informed of his decision after he made an announcement through his agent, Allan Walsh. He's going to leave behind a record of 156 winds, 167 losses, and 48 overtime losses. Pavelec is even leaving with a nice goals-against record of 2.88, which was over a total of eleven seasons with the NHL.
He is ending it with a career-high of sixty-eight games. That's a lot to play in the 2011-2012 season, especially since that does not include timing for practice and after game reports. It's actually safe to say that he was putting in well over the forty hour work week in that time.
Longtime client Ondrej Pavelec announced his retirement earlier today. His statement - pic.twitter.com/gtVScciNtc— Allan Walsh (@walsha) September 20, 2018
The professional hockey player was a starter for quite a while, specifically five whole seasons with the Jets. However, they did eventually replace him with some younger netminders. That's when he made the move to the New York Rnagers, where he played backup to Henrik Lundqvist, posting a respectable .910 save percentage in 19 games.
The guy even became a free agent on July 1, 2018. That is of course after he ended his contracts that were in their final year with the Jets and the Rangers.
Pavelec did mention that he is thankful for all of the help and support that the team members and everyone, in general, gave him. He even went as far as to thank the fans of both Winnipeg and New York. Interestingly enough, Atlanta was not mentioned in his statement, though since the team relocated, it's understandable why they were left off.
At 31 years old, many could see Pavelec continuing his hockey career as that's still pretty young for a goaltender. However, he's struggled with consistency throughout his career, and in the past few season, he's seen himself go from a workhorse starter to a backup.
Regardless of why he made his decision, we here at TheSportster wish Pavelec all the best in the next stage of his life.