Jaroslav Špaček

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Jaroslav Špaček
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 team  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.


Playing career

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

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.

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.

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

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]

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


Medal record
Representing   Czech Republic
Ice hockey
Winter Olympics
1998 Nagano
2006 Torino
World Championships
1999 Lillehammer
2001 Nuremberg
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


  1. "Habs ink Jaroslav Spacek". Montreal Canadiens . 2009-07-01. Archived from the original on 2009-07-04. Retrieved 2009-07-13.
  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