Petr Svoboda

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Petr Svoboda
Born (1966-02-14) February 14, 1966 (age 53)
Most, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for CHZ Litvínov
Montreal Canadiens
Buffalo Sabres
Philadelphia Flyers
Tampa Bay Lightning
National teamFlag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 5th overall, 1984
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 19822001

Petr Svoboda (born February 14, 1966) is a Czech former professional ice hockey defenceman who played 17 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Montreal Canadiens, Buffalo Sabres, Philadelphia Flyers and Tampa Bay Lightning. He was the first Czech to play over 1,000 games in the NHL. He is currently working as a sports agent in Santa Monica, California.

The Czechs, Czechians, or the Czech people, are a West Slavic ethnic group and a nation native to the Czech Republic in Central Europe, who share a common ancestry, culture, history, and Czech language.

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.

Defence in ice hockey is a player position whose primary responsibility is to prevent the opposing team from scoring. They are often referred to as defencemen, D, D-men or blueliners. They were once called cover-point. A good defenceman is both strong in defensive and offensive play and for defenceman pairing also need to be good at defending and attacking.


Playing career

In 1984, Svoboda had participated in the world Under-18 ice hockey championships in then-West Germany as a part of the Czechoslovak team, and after playing one game, he defected to the West in order to play hockey at a higher professional level. That spring, he was selected fifth overall in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens. His career highlights include winning the Stanley Cup with the Canadiens in 1986, and participating with the Czech team in the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, where he scored the only goal in the gold medal game against Russia. He retired from professional hockey in 2001 and now works as a player agent.

West Germany Federal Republic of Germany in the years 1949–1990

West Germany was the informal name for the Federal Republic of Germany, a country in Central Europe, in the period between its formation on 23 May 1949 and German reunification on 3 October 1990. During this Cold War period, the western portion of Germany was part of the Western Bloc. The Federal Republic was created during the Allied occupation of Germany after World War II, established from eleven states formed in the three Allied zones of occupation held by the United States, the United Kingdom and France. Its (provisional) capital was the city of Bonn. The Cold War era West Germany is unofficially historically designated the Bonn Republic.

The 1984 NHL Entry Draft took place on June 9, 1984, at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec.

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).

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

   Regular season   Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
1982–83 TJ CHZ Litvínov TCH 40002
1983–84 TJ CHZ LitvínovTCH1831420
1984–85 Montréal Canadiens NHL 734273165711212
1985–86 Montréal CanadiensNHL731181993800021
1986–87 Montréal CanadiensNHL7051722631405510
1987–88 Montréal CanadiensNHL69722291491005512
1988–89 Montréal CanadiensNHL7183745147211111216
1989–90 Montréal CanadiensNHL605313698100552
1990–91 Montréal CanadiensNHL60422265220112
1991–92 Montréal CanadiensNHL585162194
1991–92 Buffalo Sabres NHL131675271456
1992–93 Buffalo SabresNHL402242659
1993–94 Buffalo SabresNHL60214168930004
1994–95 HC Litvínov, s.r.o. ELH 820250
1994–95 Buffalo SabresNHL2605560
1994–95 Philadelphia Flyers NHL1103310140448
1995–96 Philadelphia FlyersNHL73128291051206622
1996–97 Philadelphia FlyersNHL6721214941612316
1997–98 Philadelphia FlyersNHL56315188330114
1998–99 Philadelphia FlyersNHL2542628
1998–99 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL341161753
1999–00 Tampa Bay LightningNHL7022325170
2000–01 Tampa Bay LightningNHL1913441
NHL totals102858341399160512744549135


Olympic medal record
Men's Ice hockey
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1998 Nagano Ice hockey
YearTeamEvent GPGAPtsPIM
1983 Czechoslovakia EJC 50008
1984 Czechoslovakia WJC 704416
1984 CzechoslovakiaEJC511216
1998 Czech Republic OG 611239
Junior totals1715640
Senior totals611239

See also

Preceded by
Alfie Turcotte
Montreal Canadiens' first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Shayne Corson

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