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Breaking: 8th overall pick announces NHL retirement at only 26 years old

Promising career cut way too short.

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It's not often that a 26-year-old calls it quits in the NHL, particularly after being selected 8th overall in his entry draft.

But that has officially happened for the former Atlanta Thrashers draft pick Alexander Burmistrov.

Drafted in 2010 while the Thrashers still existed, Burmistrov played 348 NHL games between Atlanta, the Winnipeg Jets, Arizona Coyotes and Vancouver Canucks.

He racked up 101 points in that span. His retirement comes in the wake of only getting roughly 5 minutes a game with the Canucks - he was essentially forced out by the acqusition of Nic Dowd.