David Krejci leaving Bruins; will continue his career in native Czech Republic

Longtime Boston Bruins forward David Krejci is continuing his hockey career in his native Czech Republic.

Krejci, 35, took to social media on Friday to make the announcement.

“Since the end of the season, as I have thought about my future, it has become clear that I need to make a difficult decision for my family and I. At this point in my career and life I need to return to the Czech Republic and play in front of my family who sacrificed so much to help me achieve my NHL dreams,” Krejci wrote in a Twitter post. “I want to play in front of my parents, brother and friends. I want my children to live where I grew up, spend time with so many Czech family members who love them and create lifelong memories.

David Krejci says goodbye

David Krejci retires from NHL (Getty Images)

“So for now, I want to thank all the Bruins fans for the support they have shown my family and I over the last 14 years. I will forever be thankful. This is not goodbye, I will not be a stranger. I will be a Bruin forever. I will see you at the TD Garden soon, and I will always bleed Black and Gold.”

Krejci led the NHL in scoring with 12 goals and 23 points during the 2011 playoffs. The Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks in seven games during the Stanley Cup Final.

He also led the league in assists (17) and points (26) during the 2013 playoffs for Boston, which lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Final.

Krejci recorded 44 points (eight goals, 36 assists) in 51 games last season while playing in the final campaign of a six-year, $43.5 million contract.

He has 730 points (215 goals, 515 assists) in 962 career games with the Bruins.

Krejci was selected by Boston in the second round of the 2004 NHL Draft.

–Field Level Media