NHL G Vokoun retires

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(SportsNetwork.com) - Former NHL goalie Tomas Vokoun announced his retirement Sunday, ending a career spanning 14 seasons with five different teams.

Vokoun, 38, last played with Pittsburgh in the 2012-13 season when he relieved Marc-Andre Fleury in the postseason and helped the Penguins reach the Eastern Conference finals. He was signed through the 2013-14 season but after discovering a blood clot before the season, the second in his career, he was forced to miss the season.

Teams tried to lure Vokoun into returning to the ice for the 2014-15 season, but citing family as his priority, Vokoun decided to call it quits.

During his career that spanned 700 games, Vokoun was credited with 300 wins. He owned a 2.55 goals against average, .917 save percentage and 51 shutouts between Montreal, Nashville, Florida, Washington and Pittsburgh. He finished top-10 in the Vezina Trophy voting four times.

Vokoun first came to prominence with Nashville where he spent eight seasons. He made his first All-Star game in the 2003-04 season, but after two more seasons with the Predators, he was traded to Florida for draft picks.

Leading the league in shots against and saves, Vokoun reached his final All- Star game in his first season with the Panthers. After four seasons of missing the playoffs, he departed Florida to join the Capitals for one season before finishing his career with the Penguins.

In addition to his NHL career, Vokoun enjoyed success in international hockey with the Czech Republic. He won a bronze medal as the Czech Republic's starting goalie in the 2006 Winter Olympics at Turin, Italy, and started for the Czechs again in the 2010 games in Vancouver, Canada.