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.