Filip Kuba

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Filip Kuba
Filip Kuba 2011-11-25.JPG
Kuba as a member of the Ottawa Senators in 2011.
Born (1976-12-29) December 29, 1976 (age 37)
Ostrava, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 226 lb (103 kg; 16 st 2 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
team
Former teams
Free Agent
HC Vitkovice
Florida Panthers
Minnesota Wild
Tampa Bay Lightning
Ottawa Senators
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 192nd overall, 1995
Florida Panthers
Playing career 1995–present
Kuba with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Filip Kuba (born December 29, 1976) is a Czech professional ice hockey player. Kuba most recently played for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has previously played for the Minnesota Wild, Tampa Bay Lightning, and the Ottawa Senators of the NHL.

Playing career[edit]

Kuba was drafted in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft by the Florida Panthers in the 8th round, 192nd overall, after playing with HC Vítkovice junior team in his native Czech Republic. Upon being drafted, he remained in the Czech Republic for one more season, playing with HC Vítkovice's senior team of the Czech Extraliga.

Moving to North America, he played the majority of his four seasons with the Panthers in the minor leagues before being traded to the Calgary Flames for Rocky Thompson on March 16, 2000.[1] However, before the 2000–01 season began, Kuba was left unprotected by the Flames for the 2000 NHL Expansion Draft and was claimed by the Minnesota Wild.[2]

He played his first full NHL season with the Wild in the subsequent season and recorded 9 goals and 30 points. In 2003, the Wild advanced to the semi-finals of the playoffs, defeating division rivals Colorado Avalanche and Vancouver Canucks before falling to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in four games. Kuba set career playoff marks, appearing in 18 games and scoring 8 points during Minnesota's run. After five seasons with the Wild, he became an unrestricted free agent and on July 1, 2006, he signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning. He left the Wild as the franchise's all-time leader in scoring among defencemen with 33 goals and 132 points in 357 games. During his time with Minnesota, he was named team captain on two occasions, in November 2001 and November 2005,[3][4] as part of the Wild's monthly rotating captaincy system. Kuba represented the Wild along with teammate Dwayne Roloson in the 2004 All-Star game.

In 2006–07, his first season with Tampa Bay, he recorded a career-high 15 goals, 22 assists and 37 points. On August 29, 2008, Kuba was traded to the Ottawa Senators, along with Alexandre Picard and San Jose's first-round draft pick for defenceman Andrej Meszaros.[5]

With Ottawa, Kuba broke an NHL record for defensemen with an assist on October 25, 2008, against the Toronto Maple Leafs, giving him at least one point in each of the team's first eight games of the season. The previous best was set in 1981–82 by Brad Park, who recorded a point in each of the Boston Bruins' first seven games.[6]

On July 1, 2012, Kuba returned to his original draft team, the Florida Panthers, signing a two-year contract worth $8 million.[7] In the lockout-shortened 2012–13 season, Kuba was unable to live up to his contract registering 10 points in 44 games for the cellar-dwelling Panthers. On July 3, 2013, Kuba was bought out from the remaining year of his deal with the Panthers.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1994–95 HC Vítkovice Jr. CZE-Jr. 35 10 15 25
1994–95 HC Vítkovice CZE 4 0 0 0 2
1995–96 HC Vítkovice CZE 19 0 1 1
1996–97 Carolina Monarchs AHL 51 0 12 12 38
1997–98 Beast of New Haven AHL 77 4 13 17 58 3 1 1 2 0
1998–99 Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 45 2 8 10 33 10 0 1 1 4
1998–99 Florida Panthers NHL 5 0 1 1 2
1999–00 Houston Aeros IHL 27 3 6 9 13 11 1 2 3 4
1999–00 Florida Panthers NHL 13 1 5 6 2
2000–01 Minnesota Wild NHL 75 9 21 30 28
2001–02 Minnesota Wild NHL 62 5 19 24 32
2002–03 Minnesota Wild NHL 78 8 21 29 29 18 3 5 8 24
2003–04 Minnesota Wild NHL 77 5 19 24 28
2005–06 Minnesota Wild NHL 65 6 19 25 44
2006–07 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 81 15 22 37 36 6 1 4 5 4
2007–08 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 75 6 25 31 40
2008–09 Ottawa Senators NHL 71 3 37 40 28
2009–10 Ottawa Senators NHL 53 3 25 28 28
2010–11 Ottawa Senators NHL 64 2 14 16 16
2011–12 Ottawa Senators NHL 73 6 26 32 26 7 0 2 2 10
2012–13 HC Vitkovice CZE 11 0 4 4 10
2012–13 Florida Panthers NHL 44 1 9 10 24
NHL totals 836 70 263 333 361 31 4 11 15 38

International play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  Czech Republic
Ice hockey
Winter Olympics
Bronze 2006 Turin
World Championships
Gold 2001 Germany

Kuba played his first game for the national team in 2001, and has played 30 times for the Czech national team (as of Jan 3 2009)[9]

Played for the Czech Republic in:

International statistics[edit]

Year Event   GP G A Pts PIM
2001 WC 9 1 1 2 8
2002 WC 7 0 3 3 18
2006 Oly 8 1 0 1 0
2008 WC 7 1 2 3 4
2010 Oly 5 0 1 1 0
Senior int'l totals 36 3 7 10 30

References[edit]

  1. ^ "March 16, 2000 Transactions". CNN Sports Illustrated. 2000-03-16. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  2. ^ "2000 NHL Expansion Draft List". CNN Sports Illustrated. 2000-06-23. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  3. ^ "Kings' Robitaille out 2-4 weeks with broken leg". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  4. ^ "Kuba gets promotion to captain". 2001-11-03. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  5. ^ "Sens trade Meszaros". Globe and Mail. 2008-08-29. Retrieved 2008-10-11. 
  6. ^ "Gerber, Auld, now Elliott gets to show his stuff after call-up". =CANOE. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  7. ^ "Panthers add free agents Kuba, Parros; Re-up Clemmensen". The Sports Network. 2012-07-01. Retrieved 2012-07-01. 
  8. ^ "Panthers clear roster spot; Buy out Kuba". The Sun Sentinel. 2013-07-03. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  9. ^ Stats at hokej.cz (Czech)

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Jim Dowd
Minnesota Wild team captain
November 2001
Succeeded by
Brad Brown
Preceded by
Alex Henry
Minnesota Wild team captain
November 2005
Succeeded by
Willie Mitchell