BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Longtime Boston Bruins Center David Krejci announced on Friday, he is leaving Boston after 15 years to return home.
Krejci is from the Czech Republic and will be playing hockey there.
The 35-year-old said in a statement via the Bruins that he had been debating his future since the end of the season.
He said at this point in his career he needs to return to his home country and play in front of his family. He says his family sacrificed a lot to help him achieve his NHL dreams.
"I want to play in front of my parents, brother and friends. I want my children to live where I grew up, spend time with so many Czech family members who love them and create lifelong memories," said Krejci.
He ranks 7th in franchise history in both games played and assists while totaling the 8th most points as a member of the Bruins.
“So for now, I want to thank all the Bruins fans for the support they have shown my family and I over the last 14 years. I will forever be thankful. This is not goodbye, I will not be a stranger," said Krejci.