David Krejčí

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David Krejčí
David Krejci - Boston Bruins.jpg
Krejčí in 2014.
Born (1986-04-28) April 28, 1986 (age 28)
Šternberk, TCH
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 177 lb (80 kg; 12 st 9 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Right
NHL team Boston Bruins
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 63rd overall, 2004
Boston Bruins
Playing career 2006–present

David Krejčí (Czech pronunciation: [ˈdavɪt ˈkrɛjtʃiː], born April 28, 1986) is a Czech professional ice hockey center and alternate captain playing for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL). He helped the Bruins win the Stanley Cup in 2011. He was named to the Czech national team for the 2010 Winter Olympics; the team placed 7th overall. He also played for the 2014 Olympic team.

Playing career[edit]

David Krejčí was the Boston Bruins' first pick in the second round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft (63rd overall).[1] He was drafted out of Czech junior leagues, having played for HC Kladno. Following his selection, he moved to North America to play major junior hockey in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) for the Gatineau Olympiques for two seasons.

2006–08 seasons[edit]

Krejčí turned pro in 2006–07, playing for the Bruins' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Providence Bruins. He played in his first NHL game on January 30, 2007 in a 7–1 loss against the Buffalo Sabres, but suffered a concussion from Buffalo's Adam Mair during his third shift. He recorded just 2:07 minutes of ice time. Krejčí played increasingly with Boston the following season, appearing in 56 NHL games to go with 25 games in Providence. On February 19, 2008, Krejčí was involved in a shootout tie-breaker round, in a Bruins road game against the Carolina Hurricanes, and scored to help the Bruins take the shootout 2–1.[2] Krejčí's shootout tally would not, however, register as his first NHL goal as shootout goals do not count towards a player's statistical totals. Krejčí scored his first official NHL goal a week later, on February 26, against Martin Gerber of the Ottawa Senators, as the second Bruins goal in a 4–0 home-ice shutout. He finished his rookie NHL season with 6 goals and 27 points.

2008–10 seasons[edit]

Krejčí on March 18, 2010

In 2008–09, Krejčí scored his first NHL hat-trick on December 18, 2008 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. He registered his first two goals against starter Vesa Toskala and his third against Curtis Joseph in an 8–5 Bruins win. Before a game on April 2, 2009, Krejčí was named the winner of the Boston Bruins' 2009 Seventh Player Award. The award is given annually to the player who "goes beyond the call of duty and exceeds all expectations" throughout the course of the season. During the game, Krejčí assisted on a goal by Milan Lucic, the 2008 winner of the Seventh Player Award, in a 2–1 home ice victory over the Ottawa Senators. He completed his second NHL season with 73 points in 82 games to go with a league-high +37 plus-minus rating.

In 2008-09, Krejčí had a career-high 73 points in the regular season.[1] On June 2, 2009, Krejčí signed a multi-year contract with the Bruins,[3] reportedly a three-year deal averaging $3.75 million a year.[4]

At the beginning of November 2009, Krejčí was noticeably ill, and this was confirmed on November 5, 2009 with a diagnosis of infection with the H1N1 virus, which sidelined Krejčí for a period of time.[5]

On May 5, 2010, during the playoffs, Krejčí dislocated his wrist less than five minutes into a game when he was leveled at the Bruins' blue line by Flyers center Mike Richards. Surgery was needed and was performed following the game at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, and Krejčí missed the remainder of the playoffs.

Krejčí in 2012

2011–present[edit]

On May 25, 2011 Krejčí recorded his second NHL career hat trick against the Tampa Bay Lightning during Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals during the Stanley Cup playoffs. He was the first Bruin to record a playoff hat trick since Cam Neely, two decades prior. On June 15, 2011 Krejčí and the Bruins won the team's first Stanley Cup in 39 years, beating the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 in Game 7. Krejčí finished the 2011 playoffs with a league-leading 12 goals, 23 points and 4 game-winning goals.

Krejčí is known for his puck control and his playmaking ability from the pivot position for the Bruins.

On March 1, 2012, Krejčí got his third career hat trick versus the New Jersey Devils. He scored goals in the first, third, and overtime period in a 4-3 win. In the fourth game of the 2013 opening round playoffs against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Krejčí scored a hat trick, including the game winner in overtime.

On October 1, 2013 Krejcí was named alternate captain of the Bruins. On October 25, 2013, Krejcí scored a game-winning goal with 0.8 seconds left against the San Jose Sharks and goalie Antti Niemi.[6]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  Czech Republic
World Championships
Bronze 2012 Helsinki
World Junior Championships
Bronze 2005 USA
IIHF World U18 Championship
Bronze 2004 Minsk

After the Bruins' 2007–08 season ended, Krejčí was named to the Czech national team on April 26, 2008 for the 2008 IIHF World Championships.[7] He was named to the Czech national team for the 2010 Winter Olympics, playing center on a line with wingers Tomáš Fleischmann and Martin Erat to open the Games.

Awards[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Bolded numbers indicate season/playoff leader

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 HC Kladno Czech-Jr 50 23 37 60 37
2004–05 Gatineau Olympiques QMJHL 62 22 41 63 31 10 2 7 9 10
2005–06 Gatineau Olympiques QMJHL 55 27 54 81 54 17 10 22 32 24
2006–07 Providence Bruins AHL 69 31 43 74 47 13 3 13 16 22
2006–07 Boston Bruins NHL 6 0 0 0 2
2007–08 Providence Bruins AHL 25 7 21 28 19
2007–08 Boston Bruins NHL 56 6 21 27 20 7 1 4 5 2
2008–09 Boston Bruins NHL 82 22 51 73 26 11 2 6 8 2
2009–10 Boston Bruins NHL 79 17 35 52 26 9 4 4 8 2
2010–11 Boston Bruins NHL 75 13 49 62 28 25 12 11 23 10
2011–12 Boston Bruins NHL 79 23 39 62 36 7 1 2 3 4
2012–13 HC Pardubice CZE 24 16 11 27 22
2012–13 Boston Bruins NHL 47 10 23 33 20 22 9 17 26 8
2013–14 Boston Bruins NHL 80 19 50 69 28 12 0 4 4 4
NHL totals 504 110 268 378 186 93 29 48 77 38

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2004 Czech Republic WJC18 Bronze medal icon.svg 7 3 4 7 0
2005 Czech Republic WJC Bronze medal icon.svg 7 0 1 1 2
2006 Czech Republic WJC 6th 6 3 3 6 4
2008 Czech Republic WC 5th 5 0 0 0 2
2010 Czech Republic Oly 7th 5 2 1 3 6
2012 Czech Republic WC Bronze medal icon.svg 10 3 4 7 4
2014 Czech Republic Oly 6th 5 1 2 3 0
Junior totals 20 6 8 14 6
Senior totals 25 6 7 13 12

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