February 3, 1968 |
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)|
|Played for||Chicago Blackhawks
Columbus Blue Jackets
|National team||Czech Republic|
|NHL Draft||77th overall, 1986
|Olympic medal record|
|Men's ice hockey|
|Gold||1998 Nagano||Ice Hockey|
František Kučera (born February 3, 1968) is a retired Czech professional ice hockey defenseman who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Chicago Blackhawks, Hartford Whalers, Vancouver Canucks, Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals.
Originally drafted in 1986 by the Chicago Blackhawks, Kučera played parts of four seasons in the Windy City before he was traded to the Hartford Whalers. He would also play for the Vancouver Canucks and Philadelphia Flyers before he returned to play hockey in the Czech Republic at the end of the 1996–97 NHL season.
Three years later, when the NHL expanded again, Kučera returned to North America and signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Midway through the season, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was traded again, this time to the Washington Capitals in the deal that also sent Jaromír Jágr to Washington. After playing a season, he once again returned to the Czech Republic to play hockey.
Kučera played 465 NHL games, scoring 24 goals and 95 assists. In 1998 he was a member of the Czech Olympic Team and won the golden Olympic medal.
- František Kučera's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- František Kučera's biography at Legends of Hockey
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