Jochen Hecht of the Buffalo Sabres announced his retirement Friday night after the Sabres’ 2-1 shootout victory over the New York Islanders.
The 35-year-old German is a 14-year veteran who spent the last 10 years of his career in Buffalo. He also played for the St. Louis Blues and the Edmonton Oilers. He signed a one-year contract before this season after being limited to 22 games last season due to post-concussion symptoms.
“The last few weeks, I kind of decided, or we, my family, decided to go back and start our life in Germany,” Hecht said. “That’s where we want to go back.”