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Zack Kassian returns to the ice with HC Sparta Praha for the remainder of the 2023-24 season after briefly retiring from professional hockey.
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Former NHL Enforcer Making Surprising Comeback

Published January 29, 2024 at 8:59
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In a surprising turn of events, Zack Kassian, who announced his retirement just a few months ago, is again lacing up his skates. After a brief stint on the sidelines, the 33-year-old has signed a contract with HC Sparta Praha in the Czech Extraliga for the remainder of the 2023-24 season.


The Return of Zack Kassian: A Second Chance on the Ice



Kassian's journey in the NHL began with the Buffalo Sabres, who drafted him 13th overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Despite showing promise, his time in Buffalo was short-lived. After playing 27 games during his rookie season in 2011-12 and tallying three goals and seven points, he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks alongside Marc-Andre Gragnani in exchange for Cody Hodgson and Alexander Sulzer.
However, the change of scenery didn't deter Kassian. Known for his physicality, toughness, and occasional offensive contributions, he carved out a successful career as a bottom-six forward.


A Gritty Career: Kassian's Impact in the NHL



Over 661 NHL games with the Sabres, Canucks, Edmonton Oilers, and Arizona Coyotes, he amassed 92 goals, 111 assists, and 203 points, leaving a lasting impact on the league with his tenacious style of play.
Kassian, a seasoned NHL veteran, brings a wealth of experience to his new team, having played in 661 games over 12 seasons. With 203 points and 913 penalty minutes to his name, he's no stranger to the rigors of professional hockey.

As for his future beyond this season, it remains uncertain. Will he hang up his skates once again, attempt a return to North America, or continue his career in Europe? Only time will tell, but for now, fans are thrilled to see him back on the ice. Welcome back, Zack!
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Former NHL Enforcer Making Surprising Comeback

Should Zack Kassian's Comeback to Hockey be Celebrated?

Yes, it's great to see him back on the ice!3130.7 %
No, he should have stuck with his retirement decis4140.6 %
I'm not sure, it depends on his performance this s2928.7 %
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