October 29, 2007
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) -- NHL veteran and Slovakian star Peter Bondra retired
from professional hockey Monday to become general manager of his country's
"I kept it a secret for a long time. They will know overseas only after
this press conference," Bondra said, according to the Slovak national hockey
association. "I hope I can help Slovakia win another medal at the world
The 39-year-old Bondra played last season for the Chicago Blackhawks before
becoming a free agent. He had 503 goals and had 389 assists in 1,081 NHL games,
mostly for the Washington Capitals. He also played for the Ottawa Senators and
His contract as general manger runs through 2008, when the hockey worlds are
to take place in Canada. Bondra scored the decisive goal in the 4-3 victory over
Russia at the 2002 hockey worlds in Sweden that gave Slovakia the title.
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Updated on Monday, Oct 29, 2007 10:41 am, EDT
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