Martin Škoula

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Martin Škoula
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Born (1979-10-28) October 28, 1979 (age 39)
Litoměřice, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 226 lb (103 kg; 16 st 2 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for HC Litvínov
Colorado Avalanche
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Dallas Stars
Minnesota Wild
Pittsburgh Penguins
New Jersey Devils
Avangard Omsk
Lev Praha
Slovan Bratislava
HC Bílí Tygři Liberec
National teamFlag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 17th overall, 1998
Colorado Avalanche
Playing career 19992015

Martin Škoula (born October 28, 1979) is a Czech former professional ice hockey defenceman, who enjoyed a lengthy career in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Colorado Avalanche, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, Pittsburgh Penguins and the New Jersey Devils. He won the Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 2001.

Czech Republic Republic in Central Europe

The Czech Republic, also known by its short-form name, Czechia, is a landlocked country in Central Europe bordered by Germany to the west, Austria to the south, Slovakia to the east and Poland to the northeast. The Czech Republic covers an area of 78,866 square kilometres (30,450 sq mi) with a mostly temperate continental climate and oceanic climate. It is a unitary parliamentary republic, with 10.6 million inhabitants; its capital and largest city is Prague, with 1.3 million residents. Other major cities are Brno, Ostrava, Olomouc and Pilsen. The Czech Republic is a member of the European Union (EU), NATO, the OECD, the United Nations, the OSCE, and the Council of Europe.

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

Ice hockey is a contact team sport played on ice, usually in a rink, in which two teams of skaters use their sticks to shoot a vulcanized rubber puck into their opponent's net to score points. The sport is known to be fast-paced and physical, with teams usually consisting of six players each: one goaltender, and five players who skate up and down the ice trying to take the puck and score a goal against the opposing team.

National Hockey League North American professional ice hockey league

The National Hockey League is a professional ice hockey league in North America, currently comprising 31 teams: 24 in the United States and 7 in Canada. The NHL is considered to be the premier professional ice hockey league in the world, and one of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. The Stanley Cup, the oldest professional sports trophy in North America, is awarded annually to the league playoff champion at the end of each season.


Playing career

Škoula was selected in the first round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, 17th overall, by the Colorado Avalanche. After playing two seasons in the Czech Republic, Škoula came over to North America in 1997, playing for the Barrie Colts of the OHL. His size and offensive ability made him an instant success. After only one game in the American Hockey League, with the Hershey Bears, Škoula joined the Avalanche.

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.

Colorado Avalanche hockey team of the National Hockey League

The Colorado Avalanche are a professional ice hockey team based in Denver, Colorado. They are members of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Avalanche are the only team in their division not based in the Central Time Zone; the team is situated in the Mountain Time Zone. Their home arena is Pepsi Center. Their general manager is Joe Sakic.

Barrie Colts ice hockey team

The Barrie Colts are a junior ice hockey team in Ontario Hockey League, based in Barrie, Ontario, Canada.

In 2001, Škoula was a part of the Avalanche team that won the Stanley Cup. The following season, he played for his native country at the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.

The 2000–01 NHL season was the 84th regular season of the National Hockey League. Thirty teams each played 82 games. The Stanley Cup winners were the Colorado Avalanche, who won the best of seven series 4–3 against the New Jersey Devils. The focus of Colorado's Stanley Cup run was on star defenseman Ray Bourque, who was on a quest to win his first Stanley Cup championship in his illustrious 22-year career. As of 2019, this was the last time that both teams who clinched conference went to the Stanley Cup finals.

Stanley Cup championship trophy awarded annually in the National Hockey League

The Stanley Cup is the championship trophy awarded annually to the National Hockey League (NHL) playoff winner. It is the oldest existing trophy to be awarded to a professional sports franchise, and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) considers it to be one of the "most important championships available to the sport". The trophy was commissioned in 1892 as the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup and is named after Lord Stanley of Preston, the Governor General of Canada who donated it as an award to Canada's top-ranking amateur ice hockey club. The entire Stanley family supported the sport, the sons and daughters all playing and promoting the game. The first Cup was awarded in 1893 to Montreal Hockey Club, and winners from 1893 to 1914 were determined by challenge games and league play. Professional teams first became eligible to challenge for the Stanley Cup in 1906. In 1915, professional ice hockey organizations National Hockey Association (NHA) and the Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA) reached a gentlemen's agreement in which their respective champions would face each other annually for the Stanley Cup. It was established as the de facto championship trophy of the NHL in 1926 and then the de jure NHL championship prize in 1947.

Salt Lake City State capital city in Utah, United States

Salt Lake City is the capital and the most populous municipality of the U.S. state of Utah. With an estimated population of 190,884 in 2014, the city is the core of the Salt Lake City metropolitan area, which has a population of 1,153,340. Salt Lake City is further situated within a larger metropolis known as the Salt Lake City–Ogden–Provo Combined Statistical Area, a corridor of contiguous urban and suburban development stretched along a 120-mile (190 km) segment of the Wasatch Front, comprising a population of 2,423,912. It is one of only two major urban areas in the Great Basin.

On February 21, 2004, Škoula was dealt by the Avalanche to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim for Kurt Sauer and a 4th round pick (Raymond Macias). [1] After playing 20 games with the Ducks, Škoula left as an unrestricted free agent. He spent the 2004 NHL Lockout in the Czech Extraliga with HC Litvínov.

Kurt Christopher Sauer is an American former professional ice hockey defenseman who played seven seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL). He played for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Colorado Avalanche, and Phoenix Coyotes. Sauer was born in St. Cloud, Minnesota, but grew up in Sartell, Minnesota.

Czech Extraliga highest-level ice hockey league in the Czech Republic

The Czech Extraliga is the highest-level ice hockey league in the Czech Republic. It was created by the 1993 split of the Czechoslovak First Ice Hockey League following the breakup of Czechoslovakia. The league features 14 teams. It is considered as the fifth best ice hockey league in the world.

HC Litvínov ice hockey team

HC Litvinov, called HC VERVA Litvínov for sponsorship reasons is an ice hockey team in the Czech Extraliga. Their home arena is Ivan Hlinka Stadion in Litvínov.

Martin Skoula (left) with the Penguins in October 2009. Penguins Martin Skoula and Ruslan Fedotenko 2009-10-31.JPG
Martin Škoula (left) with the Penguins in October 2009.

On August 3, 2005, prior to the 2005–06 season, Škoula was signed by the Dallas Stars to a two-year contract. [2] He stayed less than a season before he was dealt at the trade deadline by the Stars, along with Shawn Belle, to the Minnesota Wild for Willie Mitchell and a 2nd round pick. [3]

The 2005–06 NHL season was the 89th season of operation of the National Hockey League (NHL). This season succeeded the 2004–05 season which had all of its scheduled games canceled due to a labor dispute with the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) over the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the League and its players. The 2006 Stanley Cup playoffs began on April 21, 2006, and concluded on June 19, with the Carolina Hurricanes defeating the Edmonton Oilers to win their first Stanley Cup, after which the Oilers would miss the postseason ten consecutive times and the Hurricanes would miss 11 of their next 12.

Dallas Stars ice hockey team of the National Hockey League

The Dallas Stars are a professional ice hockey team based in Dallas. They are members of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The team was founded during the 1967 NHL expansion as the Minnesota North Stars, based in Bloomington, Minnesota. Before the beginning of the 1978–79 NHL season, the team merged with the Cleveland Barons after the league granted them permission due to each team's respective financial struggles. Ultimately, the franchise relocated to Dallas for the 1993–94 NHL season. The Stars played out of Reunion Arena from their relocation until 2001, when the team moved less than 1.5 miles into the American Airlines Center.

Shawn Belle Canadian ice hockey player

Shawn James Robert Belle is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Minnesota Wild, Montreal Canadiens, Edmonton Oilers and the Colorado Avalanche.

On September 29, 2009, Škoula signed a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins for the 2009-10 season. [4] Škoula played in 33 games with the Penguins as a reserve defenceman before he was included in a trade with prospect Luca Caputi to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Alexei Ponikarovsky on March 3, 2010. [5] The same day, Škoula was then traded to the New Jersey Devils for a fifth-round pick in 2010. [6]

Pittsburgh Penguins professional hockey team in the National Hockey League

The Pittsburgh Penguins are a professional ice hockey team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They are members of the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Penguins are one of two NHL franchises in Pennsylvania, the other being the Philadelphia Flyers. The cities' proximity has led to a rivalry known as the "Battle of Pennsylvania". The club is owned by Mario Lemieux and Ronald Burkle, who purchased the Penguins in 1999 and brought the club out of bankruptcy.

Gianluca Caputi is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and current associate coach with the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League.

Toronto Maple Leafs Canadian professional ice hockey team

The Toronto Maple Leafs are a professional ice hockey team based in Toronto, Ontario. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The club is owned by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, Ltd. and are represented by Chairman Larry Tanenbaum. With an estimated value of US $1.45 billion in 2018 according to Forbes, the Maple Leafs are the second most valuable franchise in the NHL, after the New York Rangers. The Maple Leafs' broadcasting rights are split between BCE Inc. and Rogers Communications. For their first 14 seasons, the club played their home games at the Mutual Street Arena, before moving to Maple Leaf Gardens in 1931. The Maple Leafs moved to their present home, Scotiabank Arena in February 1999.

On June 23, 2010, after 11 years in the NHL, Škoula returned to Europe signing a one-year contract with Russian team Avangard Omsk of the KHL. [7] After one season in the KHL, Martin signed a new two-year contract with Avangard. [8]

In the second year of his extension, after nine games in the 2012–13 season, Skoula was released by Omsk and was transferred to newcomer KHL Czech based, HC Lev Praha on September 27, 2012. After 21 games with Lev Praha for 7 points, Skoula was placed on the unprotected list and went unclaimed. He was then reassigned to join hometown club, HC Stadion Litoměřice, of the 1. národní hokejová liga on December 26, 2012. [9]

On April 21, 2013, Skoula signed as a free agent to return to the KHL with HC Slovan Bratislava on a one-year contract. [10] In the 2013–14 season, Skoula was one of only four Bratislava players to appear in every game with 54, helping contribute from the blueline with 13 points. He was unable to help elevate Slovan to the playoffs.

After signalling an intention to move closer to his native Litomerice at season's end, he returned to the Czech Extraliga signing a one-year contract with HC Bílí Tygři Liberec on May 27, 2014. [11] Skoula featured in 10 games in Liberec, posting 2 goals and 7 points before ending his professional career. [12]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
1995–96 HC Litvínov, s.r.o. CZE U182000
1995–96HC Litvínov, s.r.o.CZE Jr38044
1995–96 HC Litvínov, s.r.o. ELH 10000
1996–97HC Litvínov, s.r.o.CZE Jr382911
1996–97 HC Chemopetrol, a.s.ELH10000
1997–98 Barrie Colts OHL 66836443661344
1998–99 Barrie ColtsOHL6713465946123101313
1998–99 Hershey Bears AHL 10000
1999–2000 Colorado Avalanche NHL 803131620170224
2000–01 Colorado AvalancheNHL828172538231458
2001–02 Colorado AvalancheNHL8210213142210662
2002–03 Colorado AvalancheNHL81421256870114
2003–04 Colorado AvalancheNHL582141630
2003–04 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL212792
2004–05 HC Chemopetrol, a.s.ELH474151910160006
2005–06 Dallas Stars NHL614111536
2005–06 Minnesota Wild NHL1715610
2006–07 Minnesota WildNHL81015153650004
2007–08 Minnesota WildNHL8038112660000
2008–09 Minnesota WildNHL814121610
2009–10 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL333586
2009–10 New Jersey Devils NHL19033440000
2010–11 Avangard Omsk KHL 523192221140334
2011–12 Avangard OmskKHL5221315162128104
2012–13 Avangard OmskKHL90110
2012–13 Lev Praha KHL211678
2012–13 HC Stadion Litoměřice CZE II 10002
2013–14 Slovan Bratislava KHL542111318
2014–15 Bílí Tygři Liberec ELH102574
NHL totals77644152196328831131422
KHL totals188850586335211138


Medal record
Representing Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic
Ice hockey
World Championships
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2006 Riga
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2011 Bratislava
YearTeamEventResult GPGAPtsPIM
1997 Czech Republic EJC 5th60224
2002 Czech Republic OG 7th40000
2004 Czech Republic WC 5th71014
2004 Czech Republic WCH 3rd20002
2006 Czech RepublicWCSilver medal icon.svg90226
2011 Czech RepublicWCBronze medal icon.svg90220
Senior totals3114512

Awards and honours

Second All-Star Team 1999
Plus/Minus Award1999
CHL All-Rookie Team1999
Stanley Cup (Colorado Avalanche) 2001
All-Star Game 2011


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Alex Tanguay
Colorado Avalanche first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Robyn Regehr