Pavel Francouz
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Pavel Francouz releases statement on deciding to end his career

Published April 20, 2024 at 6:02 PM

News broke yesterday that Colorado Avalanche goaltender Pavel Francouz would be retiring from professional hockey. The 33 year old, has been battling a nagging lower-body injury that caused him to miss the entirety of this season.

Francouz posted a statement on social media today detailing his hockey journey and thanking everyone who has been apart of it..

"Dear Fans, Teammates, Coaches, and Supporters,

It is with mixed emotions that I announce my retirement from being professional ice hockey goalie.

I am immensely grateful for the opportunities I have had throughout my career. Being a member of Colorado Avalanche organization has been an honor and something I couldn't imagine as a kid. I am proud of the accomplishments we have achieved together on and off the ice. How we grew as a team, under amazing coaches making it all the way to the holly grail of hockey- The Stanley cup.

To my fellow teammates, thank you for the camaraderie, the shared triumphs, and the unforgettable moments both on and off the ice. It has been an incredible journey, and I am grateful to have shared it with such an extraordinary group of individuals.

And to the fans, thank you for your unwavering support and dedication. Your cheers from the stands have fueled my determination and inspired me to give my all, game after game. Your belief in me has fueled my passion and confidence , and I am forever thankful for your contributions to our success.

As I transition into the next chapter of my life, I am excited to explore new opportunities and pursue other passions. While I may be hanging up my skates, the memories and friendships forged during my time in the hockey community will always hold a special place in my heart.

While this chapter may be closing, I am excited for what the future holds. I look forward to remaining connected to the hockey community and continuing to support the growth and development of the sport that has given me so much.

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for being a part of this incredible journey.



Francouz finishes his career appearing in 73 NHL regular season games with a record of 44-21-6. He made four starts and appeared in seven games during Colorado's run to the Stanley Cup in 2022.

We wish Francouz all the best in retirement. It sounds like he needed to walk away from the game.
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Pavel Francouz releases statement on deciding to end his career

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