Bob Kudelski

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Bob Kudelski
Born (1964-03-03) March 3, 1964 (age 50)
Springfield, MA, USA
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Center
Shot Right
Played for Los Angeles Kings
Ottawa Senators
Florida Panthers
NHL Draft 1986 NHL Supplemental Draft
Los Angeles Kings
Playing career 1987–1996

Robert Richard Kudelski (born March 3, 1964) is an American former professional ice hockey player. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the 1986 NHL Supplemental Draft.

Playing career[edit]

After playing four seasons at Yale University, where he was an ECAC First All-Star in 1987, Kudelski made his professional debut with the American Hockey League's New Haven Nighthawks in the 1987–88 season. He also made his NHL debut with the Kings that same season, appearing in 26 games and recording one assist. Kudelski led the Nighthawks to the Calder Cup finals the following season, before making the Kings for good in 1989, scoring at least twenty goals in the next three years.

Kudelski was traded to the Ottawa Senators during their inaugural season of 1992–93, and made an immediate scoring impact, finishing only four goals behind Sylvain Turgeon for the team lead despite playing 25 fewer games for the Senators.

The following season his scoring pace was more prolific yet, and was on track to become Ottawa's first fifty-goal scorer, but was dealt midseason to the more defensively-oriented Florida Panthers. He finished that season scoring a career high 40 goals, and was selected to play in the 1994 All Star Game. The Panthers had played fewer games at the time of the trade than the Senators, and in consequence Kudelski tied Jimmy Carson for the NHL record for games played in a single season with 86.

On January 13 his wife Maire-France gave birth to their daughter Jessica,named the first panther baby, who was the first child born to a player of the new team.

Unfortunately, with the lockout the following season, Kudelski was unfavored by the coaches and played just thirteen games in the 1995–96 season, during which he retired. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida Panthers Alumni Association.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1983–84 Yale ECAC 21 14 12 26 12
1984–85 Yale ECAC 32 21 23 44 38
1985–86 Yale ECAC 31 18 23 41 48
1986–87 Yale ECAC 30 25 22 47 34
1987–88 Los Angeles Kings NHL 26 0 1 1 8
1987–88 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 50 15 19 34 41
1988–89 Los Angeles Kings NHL 14 1 3 4 17
1988–89 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 60 32 19 51 43 17 8 5 13 12
1989–90 Los Angeles Kings NHL 62 23 13 36 49 8 1 2 3 2
1990–91 Los Angeles Kings NHL 72 23 13 36 46 8 3 2 5 2
1991–92 Los Angeles Kings NHL 80 22 21 43 42 6 0 0 0 0
1992–93 Los Angeles Kings NHL 15 3 3 6 8
1992–93 Ottawa Senators NHL 48 21 14 35 22
1993–94 Ottawa Senators NHL 42 26 15 41 14
1993–94 Florida Panthers NHL 44 14 15 29 10
1994–95 Florida Panthers NHL 26 6 3 9 2
1995–96 Carolina Monarchs AHL 4 1 0 1 0
1995–96 Florida Panthers NHL 13 0 1 1 0
NHL totals 442 139 102 241 218 22 4 4 8 4

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-ECAC Hockey First Team 1986–87

Transactions[edit]

  • Traded to Ottawa by Los Angeles with Shawn McCosh for Marc Fortier and Jim Thomson, December 19, 1992.
  • Traded to Florida by Ottawa for Evgeny Davydov, Scott Levins, Florida's 6th-round choice (Mike Gaffney) in 1994 Entry Draft, and Dallas' 4th-round choice (previously acquired, Ottawa selected Kevin Bolibruck) in 1995 Entry Draft, January 6, 1994.

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