Former Canadien Alex Kovalev has officially announced his retirement from hockey at age 41 after not playing in the NHL this past season.
According to the International Ice Hockey Federation’s website, Kovalev made the announcement in an interview with Swiss TV station Kanal9. He cited injuries as the reason for his decision.
Kovalev played 13 games with the Florida Panthers in 2012-13, posting 2-3-5 totals before being released. In 1,316 career games, he had 430 goals and 599 assists for 1,029 points.
Kovalev spent four seasons with the Canadiens, starting in 2005-06. His best season with the Habs was in 2007-08, when he posted 35-49-84 totals while playing in all 82 games.
He left Montreal after posting 26-39-65 totals in the 2008-09 season, signing as a free agent with the Ottawa Senators.
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