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Former 1st round pick officially announces his retirement from pro hockey at just 30 years-of-age


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Mike Armenti
August 25, 2023  (11:38)
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It hasn't been a fairy-tale career for 30-year-old Sven Baertschi, despite being drafted in the 1st round (13th overall) by the Calgary Flames in 2011. Baertschi managed to make it into just 292 career NHL games over the last 12 seasons. Now, the National Hockey League Alumni Association's Twitter account shared on Thursday that Baertschi is officially calling it a career, announcing his retirement.

Baertschi, a native of Bern, Switzerland, was selected 13th overall by the Calgary Flames back in 2011 and made his NHL debut that season, scoring in only his second-ever game.
Baertschi played parts of ten seasons with the Flames, Canucks and Golden Knights, racking up 138 points (66 goals, 72 assists), 78 penalty minutes and was a minus-34 in his NHL career.
After the spending the majority of the 2021-22 season in the American Hockey League, Baertschi decided to return home to Switzerland and signed with SC Bern for the 2022-23 campaign. He recorded 14 points in 36 games in his final professional season with his hometown club.
All the best to Sven and his family and congratulations to him on his retirement.
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Former 1st round pick officially announces his retirement from pro hockey at just 30 years-of-age

Will Sven Baertschi attempt a comeback before too long or will he stay retired?

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