Jiri Tlusty, NHL Alumni
This month’s player spotlight is on Czech native, Jiri Tlusty. In 2006, Jiri was drafted thirteenth overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs. The following season, Jiri made the move to North America where he would join the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League. In 2007, Jiri made his NHL debut with the Leafs. After 450 NHL games, and only at the age of 28, Jiri was forced to retire due to a career-ending hand injury. Three years have since passed and Jiri has completed a very successful post-hockey transition. Click the link below to learn about the activities that are keeping Jiri occupied in “retirement”.