Jiří Dopita

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Jiří Dopita
Born (1968-12-02) December 2, 1968 (age 45)
Šumperk, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 227 lb (103 kg; 16 st 3 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
CZE team
Former teams
HC Olomouc
HC Olomouc (CSSR)
Berlin Polar Bears (DEL)
HC Vsetin (CZE)
Philadelphia Flyers (NHL)
Edmonton Oilers (NHL)
Pardubice HC (CZE)
HC Znojemští Orli (CZE)
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 133rd overall, 1992
Boston Bruins
123rd overall, 1998
New York Islanders
Playing career 1990–2013

Jiří Dopita (Czech pronunciation: [ˈjɪr̝iː ˈdopɪta], born December 2, 1968 in Šumperk, Czechoslovakia) is Czech professional ice hockey player who has played in the Czech Elite League most of his career. He briefly played in the National Hockey League. Dopita has primarily played center throughout his career.

Playing career[edit]

Early in his career, Dopita attracted little notice as a professional prospect. At age 23, Dopita was selected in the sixth round of the 1992 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins, but never came to North America while the Bruins owned his rights. However, starting in 1993, Dopita joined the German Bundesliga with the Berlin Polar Bears, averaging over a point per game in the Bundeliga and with Berlin's later entry in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.

Starting in the 1995–96 season, Dopita returned to his native Czech Republic and played with Vsetín HC of the Czech Extraliga. Dopita continued his scoring pace in the Czech Republic, averaging over a point per game every year in six seasons with Vsetín, compiling 315 career points, and being selected again in the NHL draft, this time in 1998 being selected in the 5th round at 123rd overall by the New York Islanders. However, once again, Dopita would not play with the Islanders. And at the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, his right were traded to the Florida Panthers for a 5th round choice that year.

By the late 1990s, some, such as the Hockey News, considered Dopita the best player outside the NHL. He was a member of the gold medal-winning Czech team at the 1998 Winter Olympics, and was named Czech player of the year in 2001, the first non-NHLer to win the award since Roman Turek in 1994. When it became clear that Dopita still did not seem to have interest in coming to North America, his NHL rights were moved again at the 2001 NHL Entry Draft to the Philadelphia Flyers for a 2nd round selection that year, the Flyers made a concerted effort to bring Dopita to the NHL. The Flyers had convinced Dopita's former Vsetin HC teammate Roman Cechmanek to come to North America prior to the previous season and the 32-year old Dopita agreed to join him in Philadelphia for the 2001–02 NHL season.

However, Dopita's time in the NHL was to be disappointing. He recorded respectable totals getting limited ice time with Philadelphia, but a knee injury limited him to 52 games. After the season, his rights were traded to the Edmonton Oilers, where he was expected to be a top-two centre. However, Dopita had a terrible season, recording only six points in 21 games.

After only two years in the NHL, Dopita returned to the Czech Republic, this time with Pardubice HC. In his second year with Pardubice, at age 36, Dopita recorded less than a point per game in European competition for the first time since his time with Olomouc HC. For 2005–06, Dopita joined HC JME Znojemští Orli and has remained with the team for 2006–07 season too.

On 5 May 2006 Dopita became the majority shareholder of Olomouc HC.

Dopita now plays for HC Olomouc.

Awards and achievements[edit]

  • Olympic gold medal winner for the Czech Republic in the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano
  • IIHF World Champion: 1996, 2000, 2001
  • Golden Stick Award: 2001 (the highest trophy an ice hockey player can get in the Czech Republic)
  • Czech Extraliga - Champion: 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2005
  • Czech Extraliga - Regular Season MVP: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
  • Czech Extraliga - Play-Off MVP: 1994, 1996, 2001
  • Czech Extraliga - Leading Goal Scorer: 1997, 2000
  • German DEL - Leading Point Scorer: 1995

Records[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1989–90 Dukla Jihlava HC CSSR Extraliga 5 1 2 3 0 -- -- -- -- --
1990–91 Olomouc HC CSSR Extraliga 42 11 13 24 26 -- -- -- -- --
1991–92 Olomouc HC CSSR Extraliga 38 22 19 41 28 3 1 4 5 0
1992–93 Olomouc HC CSSR Extraliga 28 12 17 29 0 -- -- -- -- --
1992–93 Berlin Polar Bears Bundesliga 11 7 8 15 49 -- -- -- -- --
1993–94 Berlin Polar Bears Bundesliga 42 23 21 44 52 -- -- -- -- --
1993–94 Olomouc HC Czech Extraliga -- -- -- -- -- 12 4 7 11 0
1994–95 Berlin Polar Bears DEL 42 28 40 68 55 -- -- -- -- --
1995–96 Vsetín HC Czech Extraliga 38 19 20 39 20 13 9 11 20 10
1996–97 Vsetín HC Czech Extraliga 52 30 31 61 55 10 7 4 11 22
1997–98 Vsetín HC Czech Extraliga 50 21 34 55 64 10 12 6 18 4
1998–99 Vsetín HC Czech Extraliga 50 19 32 51 43 12 1 6 7 0
1999–00 Vsetín HC Czech Extraliga 49 30 29 59 83 9 0 4 4 6
2000–01 Vsetín HC Czech Extraliga 46 19 31 50 53 14 8 13 21 18
2001–02 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 52 11 16 27 8 -- -- -- -- --
2002–03 Edmonton Oilers NHL 21 1 5 6 11 -- -- -- -- --
2003–04 Pardubice HC Czech Extraliga 47 20 28 48 44 7 1 9 10 4
2004–05 Pardubice HC Czech Extraliga 44 4 23 27 12 16 2 3 5 18
2005–06 HC JME Znojemští Orli Czech Extraliga 43 9 14 23 26 11 4 4 8 4
2006–07 HC JME Znojemští Orli Czech Extraliga 48 14 14 28 62 10 2 2 4 26
2007–08 HC Znojemští Orli Czech Extraliga 42 14 16 30 18 3 0 1 1 2
2008–09 HC Znojemští Orli Czech Extraliga 40 10 21 31 8 -- -- -- -- --
2009–10 HC Kometa Brno Czech Extraliga 51 20 21 41 -- -- -- -- -- --
2010–11 HC Kometa Brno Czech Extraliga 26 3 4 7 0 -- -- -- -- --
2011–12 HC Olomouc Czech First national hockey league 32 8 14 22 22 14 1 5 6 12
NHL Totals 73 12 21 33 19 0 0 0 0 0
CZE Totals 771 286 383 669 564 144 52 79 131 126
Career Totals 939 356 473 798 739 144 52 79 131 126

International play[edit]

Jiří Dopita
Medal record
Men's Ice hockey
Olympic Games
Gold 1998 Nagano Ice Hockey
World Championships
Gold 1996 Vienna Ice hockey
Gold 2000 Russia Ice hockey
Gold 2001 Germany Ice hockey
Bronze 1997 Helsinki Ice hockey
Bronze 1998 Zürich Ice hockey

International statistics[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Jaromir Jagr
Golden Hockey Stick
2001
Succeeded by
Jaromir Jagr