František Kaberle

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František Kaberle
Frantisek Kaberle1.jpg
Born (1973-11-08) November 8, 1973 (age 41)
Kladno, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for HC Kladno
Modo Hockey
Los Angeles Kings
Atlanta Thrashers
Carolina Hurricanes
HC Pardubice
HC Plzeň
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 76th overall, 1999
Los Angeles Kings
Playing career 1991–2012

František "Frank" Kaberle (Czech pronunciation: [ˈfrancɪʃɛk ˈkabɛrlɛ]) (born November 8, 1973) is a Czech former professional ice hockey defenceman. His playing career extended over 20 seasons, most notably in the National Hockey League with the Los Angeles Kings, Atlanta Thrashers, and the Carolina Hurricanes.

Playing career[edit]

Kaberle was drafted 76th overall in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft by the Kings. During the 1999-2000 season, he was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers for whom he would score his first career NHL goal on April 8, 2000 against Artūrs Irbe and the Carolina Hurricanes in a 4-3 Thrashers loss.[1] Coincidentally, after the 2004-05 lockout, Kaberle would sign with Carolina.

In the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals, Kaberle scored a power play goal in the second period of Game 7 against the Edmonton Oilers, which would turn out to be the game and Stanley Cup winning goal. It would mark Kaberle's only Stanley Cup win.

During the off-season before the 2006–07 season, Kaberle suffered a shoulder injury, and was placed on the injured reserve on September 13, 2006. He was removed from the injured reserve on February 6, 2007, and scored the game winner that same night.

After four seasons with the Hurricanes, Kaberle was declared a free agent after he was bought out his final year of his contract on July 28, 2009.[2] With his North American career at a close, he returned to his native Czech Republic and re-joined his original club, HC Kladno, for the 2009–10 season.[3]

Kaberle played two more seasons in the Czech Extraliga with HC Pardubice and HC Plzeň before concluding his professional career after the 2011–12 season.[4]

International play[edit]

František Kaberle and Tomáš Kaberle.JPG
František (left) with his brother Tomáš in 2005
Medal record
Competitor for  Czech Republic
Ice hockey
Olympic Games
Bronze 2006 Turin
World Championships
Gold 1996 Vienna
Bronze 1998 Switzerland
Gold 1999 Norway
Gold 2000 Russia
Gold 2001 Germany
Gold 2005 Vienna
Competitor for  Czechoslovakia
World Junior Championships
Bronze 1993 Sweden
European Junior Championships
Gold 1991 Czechoslovakia

František Kaberle won the Ice Hockey World Championships five times: in 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2005. In 2006, he won the bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Turin. That same year, he would become the third player (first and second were Igor Larionov and Pavel Datsyuk in 2002) to win both bronze medal and Stanley Cup.

Personal life[edit]

František Kaberle married his wife Kateřina on May 30, 1998. They have two daughters named Francesca and Vanessa.

His brother Tomáš Kaberle is a free agent and is also a fellow Stanley Cup winner with the Boston Bruins in 2011. Both of the Kaberle brothers were named to the Czech national ice hockey team for the 2006 Winter Olympics.

His father František Kaberle, Sr. used to play for the Czechoslovak national ice hockey team as well.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1991–92 HC Kladno TCH 37 1 4 5 8 8 0 1 1 0
1992–93 HC Kladno TCH 49 6 9 15 10
1993–94 HC Kladno CZE 41 4 16 20 8 11 1 1 2 0
1994–95 HC Kladno CZE 40 7 17 4 10 8 0 3 3 2
1995–96 Modo Hockey SEL 40 5 7 12 34 8 0 1 1 0
1996–97 Modo Hockey SEL 50 3 11 14 28
1997–98 Modo Hockey SEL 46 5 4 9 22 9 1 1 2 4
1998–99 Modo Hockey SEL 45 15 18 33 4 13 2 5 7 8
1999–00 Long Beach Ice Dogs IHL 18 2 8 10 8
1999–00 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 4 0 2 2 0
1999–00 Los Angeles Kings NHL 37 0 9 9 4
1999–00 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 14 1 6 7 6
2000–01 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 51 4 11 15 18
2001–02 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 61 5 20 25 24
2002–03 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 79 7 19 26 32
2003–04 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 67 3 26 29 30
2004–05 HC Kladno CZE 22 5 11 16 34
2004–05 Modo Hockey SEL 8 2 2 4 0 6 1 0 1 27
2005–06 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 77 6 38 44 46 25 4 9 13 8
2006–07 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 27 2 6 8 20
2007–08 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 80 0 22 22 30
2008–09 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 30 1 7 8 8 7 0 1 1 2
2009–10 HC Kladno CZE 52 4 12 16 70
2010–11 HC Pardubice CZE 52 5 9 14 34 9 0 3 3 6
2011–12 HC Plzeň CZE 29 3 10 13 26 8 0 1 1 2
NHL totals 523 29 164 193 218 32 4 10 14 10

International[edit]

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
1991 Czechoslovakia EJC 5 2 3 5 2
1992 Czechoslovakia WJC 7 1 0 1 6
1993 Czechoslovakia WJC 7 0 1 1 4
1995 Czech Republic WC 6 0 0 0 0
1996 Czech Republic WCH 2 0 0 0 2
1996 Czech Republic WC 8 2 3 5 4
1997 Czech Republic WC 9 0 3 3 0
1998 Czech Republic WC 9 0 4 4 0
1999 Czech Republic WC 10 3 3 6 0
2000 Czech Republic WC 8 2 3 5 6
2001 Czech Republic WC 9 1 0 1 4
2002 Czech Republic WC 7 1 0 1 0
2004 Czech Republic WC 7 0 4 4 6
2006 Czech Republic OG 8 0 1 1 6
Junior int'l totals 19 3 4 7 12
Senior int'l totals 83 9 21 30 28

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Carolina Hurricanes at Atlanta Thrashers Box Score, April 8, 2000". Hockey-Reference.com. 2000-04-08. Retrieved 2012-06-10. 
  2. ^ "Hurricanes buy-out defenseman Kaberle". The Sports Network. 2009-07-28. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  3. ^ "Kladno reports big comeback, after years in the NHL Kaberle is back" (in Czech). hokej.cz. 2009-08-27. Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
  4. ^ "Frantisek Kaberle ends storied career". National Hockey League. 2012-08-30. Retrieved 2012-08-30. 

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