Bruins center David Krejci, a fixture of the B’s center depth since grabbing hold of a full-time role with the club in 2007-08, has decided to leave the NHL and return to play in his native Czech Republic.

Krejci made the announcement via a statement put out by the Bruins.

“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. I met my amazing wife Naomi here, and our two beautiful children call Boston home. This City and your support are so special to me.