Joel Kwiatkowski

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Joel Kwiatkowski
Born (1977-03-22) March 22, 1977 (age 37)
Kindersley, SK, CAN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 202 lb (92 kg; 14 st 6 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NLA team
Former teams
HC Fribourg-Gottéron
NHL
 Atlanta Thrashers
 Ottawa Senators
 Washington Capitals
 Florida Panthers
 Pittsburgh Penguins
KHL
 Severstal Cherepovets
 SKA St. Petersburg
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 194th overall, 1996
Dallas Stars
Playing career 1998–present

Joel Kwiatkowski (born March 22, 1977) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. Kwiatkowski currently plays in Switzerland's National League A for HC Fribourg-Gottéron.

Playing career[edit]

Kwiatkowski was drafted in the 8th round, 194th overall by the Dallas Stars in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. After finishing junior hockey, he signed with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim as a free-agent, but never played in the NHL for the Ducks, instead he spent two seasons with the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks of the American Hockey League. He was traded to the Ottawa Senators for Patrick Traverse in 2000 and played a handful of games with the Sens. As well as that, he was a key player in the IHL with the Grand Rapids Griffins, becoming an all-star in 2001.

After three seasons with the Senators organization, he was traded to the Washington Capitals for a 9th round draft in the 2003 draft (a draft pick traded back to Washington just months later). He played much more ice time in his one full season with the Capitals, playing 80 games and scoring 6 goals and 12 points. He signed with the Florida Panthers in 2004, but spent the season with the San Antonio Rampage due to the NHL Lockout which canceled the 2004–05 season. He was later loaned to the St. John's Maple Leafs for a run in the playoffs. When the lockout was resolved, he finally played for the Panthers and in 73 games, he tied his NHL best of 12 points and scored 10 points in 41 games before being dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins where he played just one game. He signed with the Atlanta Thrashers on August 30, 2007 as a free-agent and was assigned to the Chicago Wolves. He played one season in Chicago before going to the KHL where he spent the 08-09 season playing for the Cherepovets Sevestral. He played the 09-10 season for St. Petersburg SKA. Played for SC Bern in the Swiss National League from 2010-2012 and played for HC FRIBOURG-GOTTÉRON during the 2012-2013 season compiling 23 points in 46 games. He is signed with HC FRIBOURG-GOTTÉRON through the 2013-2014 season.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1994–95 Tacoma Rockets WHL 70 4 13 17 66 4 0 0 0 2
1995–96 Kelowna Rockets WHL 40 6 17 23 85
1995–96 Prince George Cougars WHL 32 6 11 17 48
1996–97 Prince George Cougars WHL 72 16 36 52 94 15 4 2 6 24
1997–98 Prince George Cougars WHL 62 21 43 64 65 11 3 6 9 6
1998–99 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 80 12 21 33 48 3 2 0 2 0
1999–00 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 70 4 22 26 28
2000–01 Ottawa Senators NHL 4 1 0 1 0
2000–01 Grand Rapids Griffins IHL 77 4 17 21 58 10 1 0 1 4
2001–02 Ottawa Senators NHL 11 0 0 0 12
2001–02 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 65 8 21 29 94 5 1 2 3 12
2002–03 Binghamton Senators AHL 1 0 0 0 2
2002–03 Ottawa Senators NHL 20 0 2 2 6
2002–03 Washington Capitals NHL 34 0 3 3 12 6 0 0 0 2
2003–04 Washington Capitals NHL 80 6 6 12 89
2004–05 San Antonio Rampage AHL 64 13 19 32 76
2004–05 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 17 7 6 13 16 5 0 4 4 23
2005–06 Florida Panthers NHL 73 4 8 12 86
2006–07 Florida Panthers NHL 41 5 5 10 20
2006–07 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2007–08 Chicago Wolves AHL 59 21 29 50 119 24 10 13 23 30
2007–08 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 18 0 5 5 20
2008–09 Cherepovets Severstal KHL 52 13 12 25 64
2009–10 St. Petersburg SKA KHL 50 7 12 19 147 4 0 0 0 10
2010–11 SC Bern Swiss-A 35 9 9 18 20
2011–12 SC Bern Swiss-A 42 8 12 20 52
2012–13 Fribourg-Gotteron Swiss-A 46 14 9 23 81
2013–14 Fribourg-Gotteron Swiss-A 49 5 17 22 54
NHL Totals 282 16 29 45 245 6 0 0 0 2

International career[edit]

Kwiatkowski was a member of Team Canada at the 2009 IIHF World Championship in Switzerland.[1] Named to the alternate roster on April 13, 2009,[2] Team Canada GM Doug Armstrong activated the journeyman defenceman to suit up for the tournament game against Slovakia on April 28, 2009.[3]

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