Jaroslav Špaček

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Jaroslav Špaček
Jaroslav Spacek.png
Born (1974-02-11) February 11, 1974 (age 44)
Rokycany, Czechoslovakia
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 206 lb (93 kg; 14 st 10 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for HC Plzeň
Färjestad BK
Florida Panthers
Chicago Blackhawks
Columbus Blue Jackets
HC Sparta Praha
Edmonton Oilers
Buffalo Sabres
Montreal Canadiens
Carolina Hurricanes
National teamFlag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 117th overall, 1998
Florida Panthers
Playing career 19922012

Jaroslav Spacek (Czech pronunciation: [ˈjaroslaf ˈʃpatʃɛk] ; born February 11, 1974) is a Czech former professional ice hockey defenceman who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for over 13 seasons with the Florida Panthers, Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Edmonton Oilers, Buffalo Sabres, Montreal Canadiens and the Carolina Hurricanes.

Czech Republic Republic in Central Europe

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Professional person who is paid to undertake a specialized set of tasks and to complete them for a fee

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Ice hockey team sport played on ice using sticks, skates, and a puck

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Playing career

Špaček was drafted in the fifth round, 117th overall, by the Florida Panthers in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

Florida Panthers Hockey team of the National Hockey League

The Florida Panthers are a professional ice hockey team based in the Miami metropolitan area. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The team's local broadcasting rights has been held by Fox Sports Florida since 1996. The team initially played their home games at Miami Arena, before moving to the BB&T Center in 1998. Located in Sunrise, Florida, the Panthers are the southernmost team in the NHL.

1998 NHL Entry Draft

The 1998 NHL Entry Draft was held on June 27 at the Marine Midland Arena in Buffalo, New York. A total of 258 players were drafted.

On January 26, 2006, the Chicago Blackhawks traded Špaček to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Tony Salmelainen. In 2005–06, Špaček was part of the Cinderella Edmonton Oilers team that made a run to the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals. However, the Oilers lost in Game 7 of the finals to the Carolina Hurricanes. Špaček had three goals and 11 assists in the 2006 Playoffs. He was only one victory away of joining the Triple Gold Club.

Chicago Blackhawks hockey team of the National Hockey League

The Chicago Blackhawks are a professional ice hockey team based in Chicago, Illinois. They are members of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). They have won six Stanley Cup championships since their founding in 1926. The Blackhawks are one of the "Original Six" NHL teams along with the Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins and New York Rangers. Since 1994, the club's home rink is the United Center, which they share with the National Basketball Association's Chicago Bulls. The club had previously played for 65 years at Chicago Stadium.

Edmonton Oilers hockey team of the National Hockey League

The Edmonton Oilers are a professional ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Tony Salmelainen is a Finnish former professional ice hockey forward. He last played for HIFK of the Finnish Liiga in 2013. He was originally drafted by the Edmonton Oilers as their second-round pick in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. His father Tommi Salmelainen was the first European ever to be drafted by an NHL team.

On July 5, 2006, Špaček signed a three-year contract with the Buffalo Sabres. In the 2006–07 season, he helped the Sabres reach the Eastern Conference Finals. Špaček was named an alternate captain for the month of December 2007 and captain for the month of January under the Sabres 2007–08 rotating captain and alternate captains system. In the 2008–09 season, Špaček tied a career-high with 45 points in 80 games for the Sabres.

Buffalo Sabres hockey team of the National Hockey League

The Buffalo Sabres are a professional ice hockey team based in Buffalo, New York. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The team was established in 1970, along with the Vancouver Canucks, when the league expanded to 14 teams. They have played at KeyBank Center since 1996. Prior to that, the Buffalo Sabres played at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium from the start of the franchise in 1970. The Sabres are owned by Terry Pegula, who purchased the club in 2011.

The 2006–07 NHL season was the 90th season of operation of the National Hockey League (NHL). The 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs began on April 11, 2007, and concluded on June 6, with the Anaheim Ducks defeating the Ottawa Senators to win their first Stanley Cup, becoming the first team from California to do so.

Captain (ice hockey) member of an ice hockey team

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On July 1, 2009, Špaček signed a three-year contract worth $11.5 million with the Montreal Canadiens. [1]

Montreal Canadiens National Hockey League team in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The Montreal Canadiens are a professional ice hockey team based in Montreal, Quebec. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL).

In the final year of his contract in the 2011–12 season, on December 9, 2011, Montreal traded Špaček to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for defenceman Tomáš Kaberle. [2]

The 2011–12 NHL season was the 95th season of operation of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Los Angeles Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils in the Stanley Cup Final four games to two to win the team's first Stanley Cup in their second Stanley Cup final appearance; they had lost to Montreal Canadiens in the 1993 Finals.

Carolina Hurricanes American professional ice hockey team

The Carolina Hurricanes are a professional ice hockey team based in Raleigh, North Carolina. They are members of the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Hurricanes play their home games at the 18,680-seat PNC Arena.

Tomáš Kaberle Czech ice hockey player

Tomáš Kaberle is a Czech former professional ice hockey defenceman. He played in the National Hockey League (NHL), most notably for the Toronto Maple Leafs, as well as for the Boston Bruins, with whom he won the Stanley Cup, Carolina Hurricanes and the Montreal Canadiens. Kaberle also played in the Czech Extraliga for HC Kladno and HC Kometa Brno.

A free agent, and with the 2012–13 NHL lockout in effect well into the 2012–13 season, Špaček effectively announced his retirement on November 19, 2012. [3] He became assistant coach for HC Škoda Plzeň and was also added to Plzeň's roster before the trade deadline. He was forced into playing again in the final series due to injuries to Plzeň's defencemen, and he helped Plzeň win its first-ever Czech Extraliga title. [4]

In 2014, Špaček was named assistant coach for the Czech team at the 2014 IIHF World Championship. [5]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

   Regular season   Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
1991–92TJ Škoda RokycanyTCH Jr3471421
1992–93TJ Škoda RokycanyTCH Jr1912820
1992–93 HC Škoda Plzeň TCH 16134
1993–94 HC Škoda Plzeň ELH 342101237
1994–95 HC Interconnex PlzeňELH3848121431012
1995–96 HC ZKZ PlzeňELH4039123030114
1996–97 HC ZKZ PlzeňELH529293844
1997–98 Färjestad BK SEL 45101626631225714
1998–99 Florida Panthers NHL 633121528
1998–99 Beast of New Haven AHL 14481215
1999–2000 Florida PanthersNHL821026365340000
2000–01 Florida PanthersNHL122138
2000–01 Chicago Blackhawks NHL50581320
2001–02 Chicago BlackhawksNHL603101329
2001–02 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL1423524
2002–03 Columbus Blue JacketsNHL819364580
2003–04 Columbus Blue JacketsNHL585172245
2004–05 HC Lasselsberger PlzeňELH30381126
2004–05 HC Slavia Praha ELH1749132970228
2005–06 Chicago BlackhawksNHL457172472
2005–06 Edmonton Oilers NHL315141924243111424
2006–07 Buffalo Sabres NHL6551621621600010
2007–08 Buffalo SabresNHL609233242
2008–09 Buffalo SabresNHL808374538
2009–10 Montréal Canadiens NHL743182150101346
2010–11 Montréal CanadiensNHL59115164570004
2011–12 Montréal CanadiensNHL120332
2011–12 Carolina Hurricanes NHL3457126
2012–13 HC Škoda PlzeňELH30110
ELH totals2112573981802016722
NHL totals88082263345628614142844

International

Medal record
Representing Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic
Ice hockey
Winter Olympics
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1998 Nagano
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2006 Torino
World Championships
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1999 Lillehammer
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2001 Nuremberg
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2005 Vienna
YearTeamEvent GPGAPtsPIM
1994 Czech Republic WJC 72028
1998 Czech Republic OG 60004
1999 Czech Republic WC 121568
2001 Czech RepublicWC90334
2002 Czech RepublicOG40000
2002 Czech RepublicWC71238
2003 Czech RepublicWC91564
2004 Czech RepublicWC62136
2004 Czech Republic WCH 40000
2005 Czech RepublicWC91010
2006 Czech RepublicOG80112
Senior totals726172336

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References

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  2. "Canadiens acquire Kaberle from Hurricanes for Spacek". ' 'TSN' '. 2011-12-09. Retrieved 2011-12-09.
  3. "Spacek wanted at Philadelphia, What did he say? Ends career..." (in Czech). isport.cz. 2012-11-19. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  4. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-05-03. Retrieved 2014-05-03.
  5. Spacek named assistant coach
Preceded by
Brian Campbell
Buffalo Sabres captain
January 2008
Succeeded by
Jochen Hecht