Bonzai Officially Retires; becomes Team Slovakia GM

Long-time Washington Capital Peter Bondra has officially announced his retirement today. He takes of the mantle of General Manager for his native Slovakian National Team; he’ll be in Halifax for the IIHF World Championships in 2008. For more, click here.

UPDATE: Check out Ted Leonsis’s blog for his recent lunch with Bonzai and the Capitals’ discussions regarding “a series of things to do together” with him.

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8 Responses to Bonzai Officially Retires; becomes Team Slovakia GM

  1. rink raith says:

    I hope the Caps find some way to honor the long time Cap sniper.

  2. Mark says:

    Yeah, after a great career, he went out with a wimper. I was hoping the Caps would bring him back to score No. 500.

  3. SpartyCuse says:

    My favorite Bondra memory will be seeing him score #500 in Chicago. Even though he had only been here a few weeks, the crowd gave a roaring “BONDRA! BONDRA!” chant.

  4. pepper says:

    As Dale Hunter received a penalty box as a parting gift, what fitting gift would Bondra receive from the team?

  5. OrderedChaos says:

    Great question Pepper! While nothing will top Dale Hunter’s penalty box, I’m sure folks could come up with something good… perhaps a silver-plated sculpture of some kind made of 502 pucks? Though I think Bonzai would be happy with just getting the banner into the rafters.

  6. Scott says:

    Bondra can have the stain on my carpet where I spilled my pizza when he scored the overtime winner against Buffalo.

  7. Gustafsson says:

    Since many teams are banishing them to the press box, perhaps he can have one goal judge booth, seat and light. Obviously saving the other for #8.

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