Aleš Kotalík

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Aleš Kotalík
Ales Kotalik.jpg
Born (1978-12-23) 23 December 1978 (age 35)
Jindřichův Hradec, TCH
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 225 lb (102 kg; 16 st 1 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
Czech team
Former teams
HC České Budějovice
NHL:
Edmonton Oilers
New York Rangers
Calgary Flames
Buffalo Sabres
Czech:
HC Bílí Tygři Liberec
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 164th overall, 1998
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 1997–present

Aleš Kotalík (born 23 December 1978) is a professional ice hockey right winger playing for HC Mountfield České Budějovice of the Czech Extraliga.

Playing career[edit]

Kotalík was drafted 164th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. In the 2005–06 NHL season, he had a career high in 25 goals, 37 assists and 62 points. The recent 2006–07 NHL season he was 5 for 7 in shootouts and second in the NHL with four shootout deciding goals. He was out for 16 games because of an injured right knee. In the Calgary Flames All-Star games, he showed his ability to strike hard with a slap shot speed of 105.3 being the second hardest shooter in the NHL.

On March 4, 2009, Kotalík was traded by the Sabres to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a 2nd round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.[1] Kotalík finished the season in Edmonton before being signed as a free agent by the New York Rangers on July 9, 2009 to a three-year, $9 million contract.[2] Due to his lack of goal scoring production, which he was expected to bring and being a healthy scratch for numerous games, he was traded on February 1, 2010 to the Calgary Flames along with Christopher Higgins in exchange for Olli Jokinen and Brandon Prust.

Placed on waivers in the off-season by the Calgary Flames, Kotalik cleared waivers on June 29, 2010.[3] At the time, he had two years and $6 million remaining on his contract.[4] On January 27, 2011 he was placed back on waivers by the Flames and subsequently assigned to the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League.[5] On June 25, along with Robyn Regehr and a second round 2012 draft pick, Kotalik was traded back to the Sabres for Paul Byron and Chris Butler.[6]

On September 24, 2011 Kotalik was placed on waivers by the Buffalo Sabres in a salary cap move. After initially reporting to the Rochester Americans, Kotalik instead returned to his hometown in the Czech Republic to play for HC Mountfield České Budějovice.[7]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  Czech Republic
Ice hockey
Winter Olympics
Bronze 2006 Turin

Kotalík played his first game for the national team in 2000, and has played 21 times for the Czech national team including the 2006 Winter Olympics and the 2008 and 2009 World Championships.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1997–98 HC České Budějovice Czech 47 9 7 16 14
1998–99 HC České Budějovice Czech 41 8 13 21 16 3 0 0 0 0
1999–00 HC České Budějovice Czech 43 7 12 19 34
2000–01 HC České Budějovice Czech 52 19 29 48 54
2001–02 Rochester Americans AHL 68 18 25 43 55 1 0 0 0 0
2001–02 Buffalo Sabres NHL 13 1 3 4 2
2002–03 Rochester Americans AHL 8 0 2 2 4
2002–03 Buffalo Sabres NHL 68 21 14 35 30
2003–04 Buffalo Sabres NHL 62 15 11 26 41
2004–05 HC Bílí Tygři Liberec Czech 25 8 8 16 46 12 2 5 7 12
2005–06 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 25 37 62 62 18 4 7 11 8
2006–07 Buffalo Sabres NHL 66 16 22 38 62 16 2 2 4 8
2007–08 Buffalo Sabres NHL 79 23 20 43 58
2008–09 Buffalo Sabres NHL 56 13 19 32 28
2008–09 Edmonton Oilers NHL 19 7 4 11 6
2009–10 New York Rangers NHL 45 8 14 22 38
2009–10 Calgary Flames NHL 26 3 2 5 29
2010–11 Calgary Flames NHL 26 4 2 6 8
2010–11 Abbotsford Heat AHL 25 6 12 18 10
2011–12 HC České Budějovice Czech 30 8 16 24 20 - - - - -
2012–13 HC České Budějovice Czech 51 14 22 36 70
NHL totals 542 136 148 284 348 34 6 9 15 16

International[edit]

Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
2006 Czech Republic OG 4 0 0 0 0
2008 Czech Republic WC 7 5 2 7 0
2009 Czech Republic WC 7 2 1 3 4
Senior int'l totals 18 7 3 10 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "O'Sullivan and Kotalik headed to Edmonton on deadline day". National Hockey League. 2009-03-04. Retrieved 2009-03-04. 
  2. ^ "Rangers sign Kotalik". National Hockey League. 2009-07-09. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  3. ^ Macfarlane, Steve. "Buying Kotalik out a solid move | Hockey | Sports". Ottawa Sun. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
  4. ^ "Report: Cheechoo, Kotalik waived - 2010 Offseason News". Nhl.com. 2010-06-28. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
  5. ^ "Kotalik sent to AHL". 
  6. ^ "Flames deal Regehr, Kotalik to Sabres for Butler, Byron". The Sports Network. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
  7. ^ Hamilton, Paul. Sabres Kotalik assigned to Europe. Kaleta not mad at Vanek. WGR. Retrieved September 30, 2011.
  8. ^ Stats at hokej.cz (Czech)

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