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David Krejci returning home to play in Czech Republic

He dazzled Bruins fans with his crafty playmaking skillset from his first year in Boston during the 2007-08 campaign. And now David Krejci is returning home to continue his hockey career in his native Czech Republic.

The 35-year-old announced his intentions through a statement with the Bruins organization on Friday.

“Dear Bruins fans:

In January of 2007 when I pulled the Black and Gold sweater on for the first time I was 20 years and was almost 4,000 miles away from home.

Since then, you have embraced me as a Bostonian. I have given everything that I have had to you and the Bruins, and over time, Boston has become a second home to me.