Tomáš Kopecký

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Tomáš Kopecký
Tomas Kopecky 2008.jpg
Kopecký pictured in 2008 during the Detroit Red Wings championship celebration
Born (1982-02-05) February 5, 1982 (age 39)
Ilava, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 209 lb (95 kg; 14 st 13 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for HK Dukla Trenčín
Detroit Red Wings
Chicago Blackhawks
Florida Panthers
HC Oceláři Třinec
HC Slovan Bratislava
National teamFlag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia
NHL Draft 38th overall, 2000
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 20012017

Tomáš Kopecký (Slovak pronunciation:  [ˈtomaːʃ ˈkopɛtskiː] ; born February 5, 1982) is a Slovak former professional ice hockey right winger. He played in the National Hockey League with the Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks and Florida Panthers.


He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion, having won with both the Red Wings and Blackhawks.

Playing career

Detroit Red Wings

Kopecky with the Red Wings. Tomas Kopecky.jpg
Kopecký with the Red Wings.

After being drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Kopecký played two seasons of junior hockey with the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He turned professional with the American Hockey League (AHL), initially with the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks before being assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Kopecký played four seasons with the Griffins before making his NHL debut with the Red Wings in 2005–06, appearing in one game. The following season, on December 14, 2006, in a game against the Chicago Blackhawks, Kopecký was injured a minute into the third period of the Red Wings' 3–2 victory. Kopecký lost his footing and hit the boards as he approached the Chicago blue line and Blackhawks defenseman Jim Vandermeer then fell on top of him. Kopecký was motionless on the ice for a few minutes before being helped to the dressing room by members of the Detroit training staff. He had surgery the next day to repair a broken clavicle. As a result of this injury, he was limited to just 26 games in 2006–07 season. Kopecký had previously worn the number 28 with Detroit, but switched to 82 after the Red Wings acquired free agent defenseman Brian Rafalski.

On April 3, 2008, near the end of the 2007–08 season, Kopecký tore his Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) during a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. This injury was repaired during surgery on April 22, 2008. [1] On June 4, 2008, he won the Stanley Cup with the Red Wings, though he did not play a game in the post-season.

Chicago Blackhawks

On July 1, 2009, Kopecký signed a two-year deal with the Chicago Blackhawks worth $1.2 million per season. [2] He played in 74 games for the Blackhawks in his first year with the team, posting 21 points, 28 penalties-in-minutes (PIM), two game-winning goals and a shooting percentage of 10.5%. Into the post-season, Kopecký was a regular starter on Chicago's third or fourth forward lines. He scored a crucial goal to put Chicago up by two in the Western Semifinals against the Vancouver Canucks, but his most crucial would be in his first game back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch for all four games of the sweep of the San Jose Sharks. Replacing the injured Andrew Ladd, Kopecký netted the 6–5 game-winning goal in the Game 1 victory of the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals. Ladd returned the next game, but Blackhawks Head Coach Joel Quenneville kept Kopecký in the lineup to play every game of the six-game series. He finished the playoffs with solid statistics; in 17 games, he tallied six points, 8 PIM, one game-winning goal and a shooting percentage of 14.3%. On June 9, 2010, at the age of 28, he won the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks and hoisted the Cup for the second time in his life.

Kopecký entered the 2010–11 season in the last year of his contract with the defending champion Blackhawks. He opened the first game of the year on the team's first line with Jonathan Toews and Marián Hossa, putting in over twice the amount of time on the ice that he had averaged the year before. On December 26, 2010, in his 36th game of the year, Kopecký tallied his 21st point of the season, matching his career high total for a single season. Kopecký played in the Blackhawks' last game of the season on April 10, 2011, against his former team the Red Wings. Chicago needed a win to decisively clinch a playoff spot. The Hawks lost the game 4–3, but still clinched the eighth seed of the playoffs due to a Dallas Stars loss on the same day. Kopecký ended the season with career highs in games played, goals, assists, points, shots and PIM, and had now been on a playoff-bound team for five consecutive seasons. Kopecký was taken out of Game 1 with an upper-body injury of the Blackhawks' first playoff series against the Vancouver Canucks. He did not return to the ice for the rest of the series, and the Blackhawks ultimately lost the first-round matchup in seven games.

Florida Panthers

Following the 2010–11 season, Kopecký was poised to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2011. However, on June 27, the Blackhawks traded Kopecký to the Florida Panthers, who obtained the exclusive negotiating rights with the player until he was to become a free agent. In return, the Blackhawks received a seventh round draft pick in either the 2012 or 2013 NHL Entry Draft. [3] Two days later, on June 29, the Panthers signed Kopecký to a four-year deal worth a total of $12 million. [4]

At the conclusion of his contract with the Panthers, and failing to meet the expectations of his contract, Kopecký went un-signed over the summer as a free agent. On October 22, 2015, Kopecký returned to Europe and signed in the Czech Republic for the remainder of the season with HC Oceláři Třinec.

Personal life

Tomas is married to Maria and has two sons named Jakub (born February 8, 2004) [5] and Tobias (born February 20, 2009). [6] [7]

International play

Medal record
Representing Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia
Ice hockey
World Championships
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2012 Helsinki

Kopecký has participated in eight international tournaments for Slovakia:

Awards and achievements

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

   Regular season   Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
1997–98 Dukla Trenčín SVK U204119224176
1998–99Dukla TrenčínSVK U205122184020
1999–2000Dukla TrenčínSVK U2014891712
1999–2000 Dukla Trenčín SVK 523472450000
2000–01 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 492228505251126
2000–01 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 10000
2001–02 Lethbridge HurricanesWHL6034427694421315
2001–02 Cincinnati Mighty DucksAHL2112620000
2002–03 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL7017213832140006
2003–04 Grand Rapids GriffinsAHL4866122810002
2004–05 Grand Rapids GriffinsAHL48881635
2005–06 Detroit Red Wings NHL 10002
2005–06 Grand Rapids GriffinsAHL773240721231634725
2006–07 Detroit Red WingsNHL261012240006
2007–08 Detroit Red WingsNHL77571243
2008–09 Detroit Red WingsNHL79613194680117
2009–10 Chicago Blackhawks NHL7410112128174268
2010–11 Chicago BlackhawksNHL811527426010000
2011–12 Florida Panthers NHL801022323271014
2012–13 Dukla TrenčínSVK42240
2012–13 Florida PanthersNHL4715122728
2013–14 Florida PanthersNHL49481218
2014–15 Florida PanthersNHL6426828
2015–16 HC Oceláři Třinec ELH 3899183451126
2016–17 HK Dukla TrenčínSVK50224
2016–17 HC Slovan Bratislava KHL 150114
AHL totals24664761402243334733
NHL totals578681061743073753825


2000 Slovakia U18 5th10000
2000 Slovakia WJC 9th70224
2001 SlovakiaWJC8th722416
2002 SlovakiaWJC8th735822
2010 Slovakia OG 4th71012
2012 Slovakia WC Silver medal icon.svg105164
2013 SlovakiaWC8th80226
2014 SlovakiaOG11th20000
2015 SlovakiaWC9th61120
Junior totals22591442
Senior totals33741112

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