NHL notebook: Veteran defenseman Hamrlik retires

| Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, 10:54 p.m.

• Defenseman Roman Hamrlik retired after a 20-year NHL career. The three-time All-Star was drafted first overall by Tampa Bay in 1992. He played 1,395 games in the regular season and 113 in the playoffs with the Lightning, Oilers, Islanders, Flames, Canadiens, Capitals and Rangers. From Zlin, Czech Republic, Hamrlik had 155 goals and 483 assists for 638 points while averaging more than 23 minutes in ice time. “As a kid growing up in communist Czechoslovakia, I never imagined that I would one day have the opportunity to play in the National Hockey League,” the 39-year-old Hamrlik said in a statement Monday. An All-Star in 1996, 1999 and 2003, he helped the Czech Republic win the gold medal at the 1998 Nagano Olympics.

Avalanche forward Cody McLeod was suspended five games by the NHL for his hit along the boards on Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall last week. Kronwall was carried off the ice on a stretcher early in the first period after being rammed into the boards in the Red Wings' 4-2 win last Thursday. He suffered a concussion and cuts to the ear. The suspension will cost McLeod $29,487, with the money going to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

• Islanders forward Michael Grabner was suspended for two games by the NHL for an illegal check to the head of Hurricanes forward Nathan Gerbe during Saturday's game, the league said.

• Canadiens winger Brandon Prust will be sidelined for four weeks by a right shoulder injury, the team said. Prust was hurt in Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Predators when he crashed hard into the boards in the third period.

— Wire reports

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