Former NHL All-Star Zigmund Palffy has announced his retirement from professional hockey, bringing an end to his illustrious career on the ice. 

The 41-year-old made the announcement on Wednesday, following a fine season with HK 36 Skalica in his native Slovakia where he scored 26 goals resulting in a plus-40 rating in 39 games.

"One morning is more beautiful than the previous one, and you have other opinions," Palffy explained to the International Ice Hockey Federation website. 

"At this point, I believe that I quit. Definitive. Already I do not want to travel anywhere. Did it enough."

Palffy appeared for three teams during his time in the NHL, beginning his career with the New York Islanders in 1991 as a result of their second-round pick in the draft. 

Los Angeles was his next home after he joined the LA Kings in 1999, before he spent a season with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2005. 

The Slovakian scored 329 goals and 713 points in 684 regular-season games and was selected for four NHL All-Star games. 

Palffy ended his career in his home country, enjoying five seasons with Skalica. 

A regular for the national team, Palffy played in three Winter Olympics, and won gold at the 2002 World Championships. 

 

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