“I have to put an end to hockey. What’s next? I don’t know for the present,” Zubov told Sport Express. “There is nothing doing to continue my sporting career.”
Zubov, who didn’t play this past this season with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL due to injury problems, said he will have offseason surgery to replace a hip joint.
Zubov played 16 seasons in the NHL, including 12 with Dallas. His last season was 2008-09, when he was limited to just ten games with the Stars due to injuries. He signed with St. Petersburg in the summer of 2009 and had 42 points (10 goals, 32 assists) in 53 games during the 2009-10 season.
The 40-year-old, who had a goal and an assist in an exhibition game over the weekend, said he would like to stay involved in hockey and wouldn't mind becoming a coach with SKA St. Petersburg.
Zubov had 152 goals and 619 assists in 1068 career NHL games and won Stanley Cups with the New York Rangers (1994) and the Stars (1999).
The English version of Sport Express has some quotes from Zubov here.