Jochen Hecht didn’t mince words when reporters gathered around him in the locker room following the Buffalo Sabres shootout victory over the New York Islanders.
For the Buffalo Sabres – it was the end of the season. There will be no more hockey played at First Niagara Center this year; and for Jochen Hecht – he has played in his final professional hockey game in North America.
In a surprising fashion – Hecht told reporters while wearing the fur coat – that he and his family have decided to move back to Germany and move on with the second phase of their life.
It is no surprise really that the career for Jochen Hecht is over – the aging forward has suffered from concussions – and would most likely not be signed by another team.
Jochen Hecht was originally drafted in the second round of the 1995 Entry Draft by the St. Louis Blues – and played in his first ever professional game against the very team he would end his career with; in the same building he would play his final game. You can’t take a career much more full circle than that.
After ten years with the Buffalo Sabres, which followed three seasons with the St. Louis Blues, and a season with the Edmonton Oilers – Jochen Hecht is calling it quits.
It was a dangerous move for the Buffalo Sabres to bring Hecht back this season – with his history of injuries – but a classy move by a classy organization gave a guy one last hoorah at the Stanley Cup. Unfortunately, it ends with locker clean out day tomorrow.
Thank you Jochen Hecht for ten years in blue and gold. Best of luck to you and your family in the future.