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Fantucchio’s Focus: Krejci Retires; Leafs Prospect Amirov Passes Away




Good morning, my name is Andrew Fantucchio. It’s Tuesday, August 15, and here’s what I’m focused on around NHL today.

David Krejci Retires:

Boston Bruins center David Krejci announced his retirement from the NHL following a 16-year career. Drafted in 2004, Krejci spent his entire career with Boston and was a member of the 2011 Stanley Cup championship team.

After 16 Seasons, David Krejci Officially Retires From NHL

Leafs Prospect Rodion Amirov Passes Away:

Rodion Amirov, a prospect in the Toronto Maple Leafs organization, passed away on Monday after battling a brain tumor for the last two years. Amriov was drafted 15th overall by the Maple Leafs in the 2020 NHL Draft. He was 21 years old.

Cale Makar NHL 24 Cover Athlete:

The official reveal of EA Sports’ NHL 24 isn’t scheduled until tomorrow, but it’s already being reported that Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar will be the game’s cover athlete this year.

It’s Cale Makar! Avalanche Defenseman Will Be NHL 24 Cover Athlete

More From National Hockey Now:

Pittsburgh: Tomas Tatar and the Penguins: Reasons for and against a potential signing.

Montreal: The Canadiens have a large stockpile of goaltenders and are open to making a trade.

Detroit: Red Wings prospect Marco Kasper understands what it takes to be successful and can explain it in several languages.

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