Tomáš Fleischmann

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Tomáš Fleischmann
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Born (1984-05-16) May 16, 1984 (age 34)
Kopřivnice, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 192 lb (87 kg; 13 st 10 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Washington Capitals
Colorado Avalanche
Florida Panthers
Anaheim Ducks
Montreal Canadiens
Chicago Blackhawks
National teamFlag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 63rd overall, 2002
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 20042016

Tomáš Fleischmann (born May 16, 1984) is a Czech former professional ice hockey winger. He most notably played in the National Hockey League (NHL).

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.

Winger, in the game of ice hockey, is a forward position of a player whose primary zone of play on the ice is along the outer playing area. They typically work by flanking the centre forward. Originally the name was given to forward players who went up and down the sides of the rink. Nowadays, there are different types of wingers in the game — out-and-out goal scorers, checkers who disrupt the opponents, and forwards who work along the boards and in the corners. They tend to be bigger than centreman and smaller than defenseman.

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Playing career

Fleischmann originally played three years in his native Czech Republic as a junior with HC Vitkovic, playing at both the under-18 and under-20 levels. As a prolific scorer, Fleischmann experienced his first taste of professional hockey late in the 2002–03 season, appearing in eight games out on loan with third-division team HC Nový Jičín.

Nový Jičín Town in Czech Republic

Nový Jičín is a town in the Moravian-Silesian Region of the Czech Republic. It has appximately 26,500 inhabitants. The city is situated on the spurs of the Carpathian Mountains about 30 km (19 mi) from the Czech Republic's 3rd biggest city, Ostrava. The city is noted for its hatting industry.

Fleischmann was subsequently drafted in the second round, 63rd overall, by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. With aspirations for an NHL career, Fleischmann immediately made the transition to North America by joining the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League (WHL) for the 2002–03 season. In his first season, Fleischmann emerged as a leader on the offence for the Warriors, finishing with 71 points in 65 games. Helping Moose Jaw reach the second round of the post-season, he led the team with 11 assists and 15 points in 12 games.

Detroit Red Wings hockey team of the National Hockey League

The Detroit Red Wings are a professional ice hockey team based in Detroit, Michigan. They are members of the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL) and are one of the Original Six teams of the league. Founded in 1926, the team was known as the Detroit Cougars from then until 1930. For the 1930–31 and 1931–32 seasons the team was called the Detroit Falcons, and in 1932 changed their name to the Red Wings.

2002 NHL Entry Draft

The 2002 National Hockey League (NHL) Entry Draft was held June 22–23 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario. Two hundred and ninety-one players were drafted in total: 35 from the Ontario Hockey League (OHL); 23 from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL); 43 from the Western Hockey League (WHL); 41 from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) hockey conferences; six from U.S. high schools and 110 from outside North America.

Moose Jaw Warriors ice hockey team

The Moose Jaw Warriors are a major junior ice hockey team in the Western Hockey League based out of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. The team plays its home games at Mosaic Place. The franchise moved to Moose Jaw from Winnipeg after the 1983–84 season, where they were known as the Winnipeg Warriors. The Warriors played in the Moose Jaw Civic Centre also known as "The Crushed Can" for 26 seasons, before moving to Mosaic Place in the city centre. The team has never won the WHL championship.

In the 2003–04 season, Fleischmann improved his offensive numbers with Moose Jaw to post 30 goals and 75 points in 60 games and earn selection to the WHL East Second All-Star Team. During the campaign, on February 27, 2004, Fleischmann's NHL rights were traded with draft picks by the Red Wings to the Washington Capitals in exchange for fellow countryman Robert Lang. [1]

The 2003–04 WHL season was the 38th season for the Western Hockey League. Twenty teams completed a 72-game season. The Medicine Hat Tigers won the President's Cup, while the host Kelowna Rockets won the Memorial Cup.

Washington Capitals hockey team of the National Hockey League

The Washington Capitals are a professional ice hockey team based in Washington, D.C. They are members of the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Capitals are owned by Monumental Sports & Entertainment, headed by Ted Leonsis. From 1974 to 1997 the Capitals played their home games at the Capital Centre, in Landover, Maryland. In 1997 the team moved to the arena now called Capital One Arena, their present home arena in Washington, D.C.

Robert Lang (ice hockey) Czech ice hockey player

Robert Lang is a Czech former professional ice hockey player. Drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the fifth round, 133rd overall, at the 1990 NHL Entry Draft, Lang made his NHL debut with the team in the 1992–93 season. He has also played in the NHL for the Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks, Montreal Canadiens and Phoenix Coyotes, with whom he retired with in 2010.

Fleischmann as a member of the Capitals. Tomas Fleischmann14.jpg
Fleischmann as a member of the Capitals.

On June 1, 2006, Fleischmann was signed by the Capitals to a three-year, entry level contract. In his first full professional season, he was assigned to their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Portland Pirates, for the duration of the 2004–05 season and contributed within a limited role with a modest 19 points in 53 games.

American Hockey League ice hockey league in the United States

The American Hockey League (AHL) is a professional ice hockey league based in the United States and Canada that serves as the primary developmental league for the National Hockey League (NHL). Since the 2010–11 season, every team in the league has an affiliation agreement with one NHL team. When NHL teams do not have an AHL affiliate, players are assigned to AHL teams affiliated with other NHL teams. Twenty-seven AHL teams are located in the United States and the remaining four are in Canada. The league offices are located in Springfield, Massachusetts, and its current president is David Andrews.

Portland Pirates ice hockey team

The Portland Pirates were a minor league professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League (AHL). Their home arena was the Cross Insurance Arena in downtown Portland, Maine. The franchise was previously known as the Baltimore Skipjacks from 1982 to 1993.

2004–05 AHL season

The 2004–05 AHL season was the 69th season of the American Hockey League. Twenty-eight teams played 80 games each in the schedule. The Rochester Americans finished first overall in the regular season. The Philadelphia Phantoms won the Calder Cup, defeating the Chicago Wolves in the finals.

In the following season, 2005–06, Fleischmann started the year in the AHL with the Capitals' new affiliate, the Hershey Bears. Scoring 13 points in his first 10 games of the year, he received his first recall to the Capitals on November 3, 2005. [2] He then made his NHL debut the same day, appearing for Washington in an 8–1 defeat against the Philadelphia Flyers. [3] In his third game with the Capitals, he collected his first NHL point, an assist on a goal to Brian Willsie, in a 5–4 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on November 6. [4] Despite a near month-long stay, he was returned to Hershey and under the tutelage of Head Coach Bruce Boudreau, progressed to lead the team with 30 goals in just 57 games. In the Calder Cup playoffs, Fleischmann helped carry the Bears to the Championship, leading the League with 21 assists and the team with 32 points in 20 games. [5]

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.

Hershey Bears ice hockey team

The Hershey Bears are an American professional ice hockey team based in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The current Bears club has played in the American Hockey League since the 1938–39 season making it the longest continuously operating member club of the league still playing in its original city.

Philadelphia Flyers professional ice hockey team

The Philadelphia Flyers are a professional ice hockey team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They are members of the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). Part of the 1967 NHL Expansion, the Flyers were the first expansion team in the post–Original Six era to win the Stanley Cup, victorious in 1973–74 and again in 1974–75.

Fleischmann failed to make the Capitals' opening night roster out of training camp for the 2006–07 season and scored 51 points in only 45 games in spending the majority of the first half of the campaign with the Bears. On February 24, 2007, Fleishmann scored his first NHL goal in a 4–2 victory against Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils. [6] He remained in Washington to play in the team's final 21 games and on March 18, 2007, he recorded the first multi-point game of his career, scoring the first two goals of the game and assisting in two others to be named second star of the game in a 7–1 rout of the Tampa Bay Lightning. [7] In returning to the AHL to help the Bears defend the Calder Cup, Fleischmann again led the team in the playoff scoring with 21 points in 19 games. Although suffering defeat in the finals to the Hamilton Bulldogs, for the second consecutive post-season he led the AHL in assists, with 16.

Prior to the 2007–08 season, Fleischmann was re-signed by the Capitals to a one-year contract on October 1, 2007. [8] Re-united with Bruce Boudreau early into his first full season in the NHL, he established a role as a skilled utility player within the Capitals and was re-signed to a two-year extension during the season on February 13, 2008. [9] He finished to score 10 goals and 30 points in 75 games as the Capitals qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in four seasons. Fleischmann made his post-season debut against the opening game against Philadelphia Flyers on April 11, 2008, but played in only two games in the Capitals' eventual Game 7 defeat in the Quarter-finals to the Flyers. [10]

Fleischmann backed-up the play of his previous season, appearing in 73 games and improving to score 19 goals and 37 points for the Capitals in 2008–09. He scored his first playoff goal in the opening game of the Quarter-finals, a 4–3 defeat to the New York Rangers, on April 15, 2009. [11] Appearing in all 14 playoff games for Washington, he recorded three goals and one assist.

After returning to the Czech Republic in the off-season, Fleischmann was found to have developed a blood clot in his leg due to deep vein thrombosis from the cross-Atlantic flight and would miss the pre-season and the start of the 2009–10 season. [12] With an initial two-game stint with the Hershey Bears on a conditioning assignment, Fleischmann returned to the Capitals having missed the first 10 games. [13] In a break-out season with the Presidents' Trophy-winning Capitals, Fleischmann posted a career-high 23 goals and 51 points in 69 games. Fleischmann, however, suffered a disappointing post-season, contributing only one assist in six games and was scratched for the deciding game of the series in a shock loss to the Montreal Canadiens. [14]

On July 27, 2010, Fleischmann was re-signed as a restricted free agent to a one-year contract with the Capitals. [15] Shifted to centre by Washington to start the 2010–11 season, Fleischmann failed to establish an offensive presence and was demoted as a depth player. [16] On November 30, 2010, he was traded by the Capitals to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for defenceman Scott Hannan. [17] Returning to the left wing position, he made his Avalanche debut in a 2–1 overtime defeat to the Carolina Hurricanes on December 3, 2010. [18] In his fourth game, his scored his first goal with Colorado in a 4–2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on December 10, 2010. [19] Five days later, Fleischmann notched his first career NHL hat-trick in a 4–3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. [20] Fleischmann's torrid start with the Avalanche, scoring 21 points in 22 games, came to a sudden halt on January 20, when it was revealed that he was diagnosed with pulmonary emboli and would miss the remainder of the 2010–11 season. [21]

Fleischmann signed a four-year contract worth $18 million with the Florida Panthers on July 1, 2011. [22]

In the final year of his contract with the Panthers in the 2014–15 season, and with his offensive production having declined each season with Florida, Fleischmann was traded to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Dany Heatley and a 2015 third-round draft pick on February 28, 2015. [23] Fleischmann played a complementary role within the Ducks organization, finishing the regular season with 6 points in 14 games. In the post-season, Fleischmann was relegated to a depth role and healthy scratch in appearing only 6 post-season games with the Conference finalist Ducks.

As an un-signed free agent in the off-season, on September 12, 2015, Fleischmann accepted an invite on a professional try-out contract with the Montreal Canadiens. [24] On October 4, 2015, the Canadiens signed Fleischmann to a one-year, $750,000 contract. In the 2015–16 season, Fleischmann contributed to the Canadiens early unbeaten success, regaining his offensive presence while featuring on the third-line. Fleischmann compiled 10 goals and 10 assists in 57 games with the Canadiens before he was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks along with teammate Dale Weise in exchange for a 2018 second round draft pick and Phillip Danault. [25]

In September 2016, Fleischmann was signed by the Minnesota Wild to a professional try-out contract, unfortunately, on September 25, 2016, he was released from by the Wild after failing his physical. Although with his history of blood clots, the Wild did not disclose the injury out of respect for Fleischmann's privacy. [26] Fleischmann later returned to the Florida area with his family, and unofficially began his post playing career by tentatively coaching at the Florida Panthers youth hockey clinics throughout the 2016–17 season. [27]

International play

Medal record
Representing Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic
Ice hockey
IIHF U18 Championships
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2002 Piešťany

Fleischmann first represented the Czech Republic during his final junior year in the Czech Republic when he was named to the 2002 World Under 18 Championship squad. In eight games in Slovakia, Fleischmann scored one goal and two assists as the Czech Republic defeated Finland 4–2 to capture the bronze medal. [28]

While with the Moose Jaw Warriors, Fleischmann earned consecutive selections in the Czech World Junior Championship squad's for 2003 and 2004 respective sixth and fourth-place finishes. [29] In 13 combined games, Fleischmann posted four goals and two assists.

After completing his first professional season with the Capitals in 2007–08, Fleischmann was added to his first senior Czech squad at the 2008 World Championships in Quebec City, Quebec. [30] Fleischmann scored his first senior goal in a 5–0 shutout round-robin win over Switzerland on May 8, 2008. [31] He completed the tournament with five points in seven games as the Czechs finished in fifth place.

As a part of the Capitals' highest scoring team in 2009–10, Fleishmann was selected mid-season to the Czech team for the 2010 Winter Olympics on December 30, 2009. [32] Fleischmann scored three points in five games for the Czech Republic en route to a disappointing seventh-place finish.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
2002–03 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 652150713612411156
2003–04 Moose Jaw WarriorsWHL60334275321034710
2004–05 Portland Pirates AHL 537121914
2005–06 Hershey Bears AHL57303363322011213215
2005–06 Washington Capitals NHL 140220
2006–07 Hershey BearsAHL4522295122195162110
2006–07 Washington CapitalsNHL294488
2007–08 Washington CapitalsNHL751020301820000
2008–09 Washington CapitalsNHL7319183720143144
2009–10 Hershey BearsAHL20110
2009–10 Washington CapitalsNHL692328512860116
2010–11 Washington CapitalsNHL23461010
2010–11 Colorado Avalanche NHL22813218
2011–12 Florida Panthers NHL822734612671232
2012–13 Florida PanthersNHL4812233516
2013–14 Florida PanthersNHL808202822
2014–15 Florida PanthersNHL52714218
2014–15 Anaheim Ducks NHL14156460110
2015–16 Montreal Canadiens NHL5710102028
2015–16 Chicago Blackhawks NHL19415440000
NHL totals6571371983352003945912

International

YearTeamEventResultGPGAPtsPIM
2002 Czech Republic WJC18 Bronze medal icon.svg81232
2003 Czech Republic WJC 6th62020
2004 Czech RepublicWJC4th72242
2008 Czech Republic WC 5th72350
2010 Czech Republic OG 7th51232
2013 Czech RepublicWC7th82020
Junior totals215494
Senior totals2055102

Awards and honours

AwardYear
WHL
East Second All-Star Team 2003–04 [33]

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