Jaroslav Špaček

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Jaroslav Špaček
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Born (1974-02-11) February 11, 1974 (age 40)
Rokycany, Czechoslovakia
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 206 lb (93 kg; 14 st 10 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for HC Plzen
Färjestads BK
Florida Panthers
Chicago Blackhawks
Columbus Blue Jackets
HC Sparta Praha
Edmonton Oilers
Buffalo Sabres
Montreal Canadiens
Carolina Hurricanes
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 117th overall, 1998
Florida Panthers
Playing career 1992–2012

Jaroslav Spacek (Czech pronunciation: [ˈjaroslaf ˈʃpatʃɛk]) (born February 11, 1974) is a retired Czech professional ice hockey defenceman who played in the National Hockey League over 13 seasons with the Florida Panthers, Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Edmonton Oilers, Buffalo Sabres, Montreal Canadiens and the Carolina Hurricanes.

Playing career[edit]

Špaček was drafted in the 5th round, 117th overall by the Florida Panthers in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

On January 26, 2006, the Chicago Blackhawks traded Špaček to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Tony Salmelainen. In 2005–06, Špaček was part of the Cinderella Edmonton Oilers team that made a run to the Stanley Cup Finals. However, the Oilers lost in game 7 of the finals to the Carolina Hurricanes. Špaček had three goals and 11 assists in the 2006 Playoffs.

On July 5, 2006, Špaček signed a three-year contract with the Buffalo Sabres. In the 2006–07 season, Špaček helped the Sabres reach the Eastern Conference Finals. Špaček was named an alternate captain for the month of December 2007 and captain for the month of January under the Sabres 2007–08 rotating captain and alternate captains system. In the 2008–09 season, Špaček tied a career-high with 45 points in 80 games for the Sabres.

On July 1, 2009, Špaček signed a three-year contract worth $11.5 million with the Montreal Canadiens.[1]

In the final year of his contract in the 2011–12 season, on December 9, 2011, Montreal traded Špaček to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Tomas Kaberle.[2]

A free agent and with the 2012 NHL lockout in effect well into the 2012–13 season, Špaček effectively announced his retirement on November 19, 2012.[3] He became assistant coach for HC Škoda Plzeň and was also added to Plzeň's roster before trade deadline. He was forced into playing again in the final series because of injuries of Plzeň's defensemen, and helped Plzeň win its first ever title of the Czech Extraliga.[4]

In 2014, Spacek was named assistant coach for the Czech team at the 2014 IIHF World Championship.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1992–93 HC Plzen CZE 16 1 3 4 0
1993–94 HC Plzen CZE 34 2 10 12 0 4 0 2 2 0
1994–95 HC Plzen CZE 41 5 8 13 16
1995–96 HC Plzen CZE 40 3 10 13 42 3 0 1 1 4
1996–97 HC Plzen CZE 52 9 29 38 44
1997–98 Färjestads BK SEL 45 10 16 26 63 12 2 5 7 14
1998–99 Florida Panthers NHL 63 3 12 15 28
1998–99 Beast of New Haven AHL 14 4 8 12 15
1999–00 Florida Panthers NHL 82 10 26 36 53 4 0 0 0 0
2000–01 Florida Panthers NHL 12 2 1 3 8
2000–01 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 50 5 18 23 20
2001–02 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 60 3 10 13 29
2001–02 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 14 2 3 5 24
2002–03 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 81 9 36 45 70
2003–04 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 58 5 17 22 45
2004–05 HC Plzen CZE 30 3 8 11 26
2004–05 HC Slavia Praha CZE 17 4 9 13 29 7 0 2 2 8
2005–06 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 45 7 17 24 72
2005–06 Edmonton Oilers NHL 31 5 14 19 24 24 3 11 14 24
2006–07 Buffalo Sabres NHL 65 5 16 21 62 16 0 0 0 10
2007–08 Buffalo Sabres NHL 60 9 23 32 42
2008–09 Buffalo Sabres NHL 80 8 37 45 38
2009–10 Montreal Canadiens NHL 74 3 18 21 50 10 1 3 4 6
2010–11 Montreal Canadiens NHL 59 1 15 16 45 7 0 0 0 4
2011–12 Montreal Canadiens NHL 12 0 3 3 2
2011–12 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 34 5 7 12 6
2012–13 HC Plzen CZE 3 0 0 1 0
NHL totals 880 82 273 355 618 61 4 14 18 44

International[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  Czech Republic
Ice hockey
Winter Olympics
Gold 1998 Nagano
Bronze 2006 Torino
World Championships
Gold 1999 Lillehammer
Gold 2001 Nuremberg
Gold 2005 Vienna
Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
1994 Czech Republic WJC 7 2 0 2 8
1998 Czech Republic OG 6 0 0 0 4
1999 Czech Republic WC 12 1 5 6 8
2001 Czech Republic WC 9 0 3 3 4
2002 Czech Republic OG 4 0 0 0 0
2002 Czech Republic WC 7 1 2 3 8
2003 Czech Republic WC 9 1 5 6 4
2004 Czech Republic WC 6 2 1 3 6
2004 Czech Republic WCH 4 0 0 0 0
2005 Czech Republic WC 9 1 0 1 0
2006 Czech Republic OG 8 0 1 1 2
Junior int'l totals 7 2 0 2 8
Senior int'l totals 74 6 17 23 36

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Habs ink Jaroslav Spacek". Montreal Canadiens. 2009-07-01. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  2. ^ "Canadiens acquire Kaberle from Hurricanes for Spacek". ' 'TSN' '. 2011-12-09. Retrieved 2011-12-09. 
  3. ^ "Spacek wanted at Philadelphia, What did he say? Ends career..." (in Czech). isport.cz. 2012-11-19. Retrieved 2012-11-19. 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Spacek named assistant coach

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Brian Campbell
Buffalo Sabres captain
January 2008
Succeeded by
Jochen Hecht