Martin Havlat Announces Retirement

On Wednesday morning, former Blackhawks forward Martin Havlat announced his retirement after 14 years in the NHL.

Havlat was originally the 26th overall selection in the 1999 NHL Draft by the Ottawa Senators. On July 9, 2006, Ottawa traded him (with Bryan Smolinski) to Chicago for Tom Preissing, Josh Hennessy, Michal Barinka and a second round pick in the 2008 NHL Draft (#42 – Patrick Wiercioch).

Havlat scored 64 goals with 97 assists in 172 games with the Blackhawks. During the 2009 postseason, Havlat posted 15 points in 16 games as the Hawks marched to the Western Conference Final. In the first round against Calgary, this happened:

That goal brought back the echoes of the old Madhouse on Madison.

Chicago opted to sign Marian Hossa instead of Havlat during the summer of 2009, which didn’t sit well with the player. Havlat ripped into the Blackhawks’ front office structure with a strong pro-Dale Tallon rant after signing with Minnesota.

Over 790 career regular season games, Havlat scored 242 goals with 352 assists. He registered 52 points in 75 career postseason games.

8 thoughts on “Martin Havlat Announces Retirement

  1. Good one Tab! Great video clip that hearkens back to fine memories. One could feel the trend was going up with this young and developing team. It was fun again exciting to be at the UC.

    Havlat was a big contributor when he was healthy, but thankfully they let him leave and brought in Hossa. What an electrifying announcement that was! Yes and Dale deserves our eternal thanks for building that first Cup winner back in 2010.

    Big one tonight!

    Lets Go Hawks!

  2. Agreed Phil…that was a nice memory! I was there sitting at the opposite end of the ice and pretty much going bananas like those guys. Back then it was easier for serious fans to get tickets.
    Then I also go to go to game 2 as well and that day was a Saturday so my best bud from high school and I were there to watch the Cubs win in 14 innings on a walk-off homer by Aramis Ramirez then scooted straight over to the UC to watch the Hawks win. Epic day!

  3. Good times. It was the end of the evil empire (red coats) and the start of 2 decades of 19 and 88. I could feel after that 2009 games that after the first game agsint them in 2010 regular season that for now on we beat them and its our turn to be the top team for 15-20yrs (overall, not every yr like they did).

    That yr I knew we would win the Stanley Cup. I thought we would/could that yr and knew we would (not for sure but only a matter of time) in 2010. Also thought we would win another Cup but what I didn’t think of, then, was that we would become a Dynasty Stanley Cup Team.

    I liked Hav when he was here and didnt like not keeping 24 that summer but when we saw Hoss in the SAN game on the long road trip. We did what was improve/better for the roster.

    May the 24 retirement announcement, being now/ on this day, be the event that gets us a win/s against this team in Regular season regardless if we outplay them again or they outplay us. Because we outplayed them in the other one and still they got that lucky off the wall/boards bounce.

    It does sort of goes with the territory. PHI after we won in 2010 it seemed that most regular season games after that against them they won, regardless of play. Then same thing for BOS but not for as long. VAN they just cowered in the games after we played them in 2009/2010/2011. MIN has that PHI thing, in regular season they just seem to get most regardless of play. TAM prob. has won a little more then us since 2015 Stanley Cup but more like the amount BOS. So like the PHI eventually wore off this with MIN will to.

  4. I’ll never forgive Kronwall, among other things, for that nasty hit on Havlat.

    Loved Havlat but it was the right decision to move forward with Hossa. It was a no-brainer for the short-term and it paid off quickly. Luckily, Hossa’s continued the return in the long run—Most of those pre-2013 CBA long-term mega deals have not worked out. Hossa’s has.

  5. Hammer put him in his place.

    Love the looks on their faces when they cant play with getting away with 40 hooks/holds/interferences anymore without that coach.

  6. I’ll always remember the a home playoff game in 2009 I was at against the hated Canucks. Vancouver led 1-0 with time getting short in the third, and Havlat fired off a wrister to tie the game up. Game went to OT and Andrew Ladd got loose on a breakaway for the winner. The UC was absolutely nuts that night too. Great game and great Blackhawks memory.

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