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HAMRLIK, LIGHTNING'S FIRST DRAFT PICK, RETIRES

Roman Hamrlik, the first draft pick in Lightning history, told a Czech TV network Sunday he is retiring.

The Czech defenseman, 39, was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1992 draft at age 18 and, while playing with the Capitals and Rangers last season, was the last member of the Lightning's inaugural team still in the NHL.

In Hamrlik's first five seasons he made one All-Star team (1996) and in 1995-96 posted his career highs in goals (16), assists (49) and points (65).

Three months into his sixth season, with the Lightning in last place in the league and some believing he wasn't developing as they thought he would, Hamrlik was traded on Dec. 30, 1997, to the Oilers for defenseman Bryan Marchment and centers Steve Kelly and Jason Bonsignore.

In his 1,395 games (638 points), Hamrlik also played for the Flames, Canadiens and Islanders. He made two other All-Star teams, in 1999 and 2003.

Hamrlik was a free agent after last season and had not been signed by an NHL team.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Goalie Marty Biron announced his retirement after 16 seasons, less than a week after the Rangers waived him and assigned him to their AHL team. Biron, 36, who was Henrik Lundqvist's backup, posted a .763 save percentage in two shaky appearances this season. ... Islanders All-Star forward Michael Grabner has a disciplinary hearing today for a check to the head of Hurricanes forward Nathan Gerbe in the first period Saturday. No penalty was called; Gerbe played the rest of the game.

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