December 23, 1977 |
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||206 lb (93 kg; 14 st 10 lb)|
Toronto Maple Leafs
HC Sparta Praha
HC CSKA Moscow
Växjö Lakers Hockey
|National team||Czech Republic|
|NHL Draft||39th overall, 2001
Toronto Maple Leafs
Pilař made his North American hockey debut during the 2001–02 NHL season, playing 52 games for the St. John's Maple Leafs of the AHL and earning himself a promotion to their parent club, the Toronto Maple Leafs, for the remainder of the season.
The following season, Karel's career was jeopardized when a viral infection attacked his heart and sidelined him on two occasions. However, he fought back from his illness to play in 50 games for Toronto in the 2003–04 NHL season.
Unfortunately for Pilař, he suffered a relapse of the heart condition that had plagued him three years earlier, forcing him to miss the majority of the next two seasons. Once healthy, Pilař returned to North American ice 2007, playing the final 10 games of the season with the Toronto Marlies of the AHL.
Seeking an opportunity for an NHL comeback, Pilař signed with the Atlanta Thrashers for the 2007–2008 season. After being claimed by the Chicago Blackhawks from waivers during training camp and re-claimed by the Thrashers, he was assigned to their AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves. On January 14, 2009 he left Metallurg Magnitogorsk and returned to the Czech Republic, where he signed a contract to play for HC Sparta Praha.
Having played for HC Litvínov of the Czech Extraliga as well as HC CSKA Moscow and Lev Poprad of the KHL after that, he signed a half-year contract with Växjö Lakers Hockey of the Swedish Elitserien (SEL) on January 30, 2012.
|2001–02||St. John's Maple Leafs||AHL||52||10||14||24||26||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001–02||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||23||1||3||4||8||11||0||4||4||12|
|2002–03||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||17||3||4||7||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||St. John's Maple Leafs||AHL||7||2||5||7||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||St. John's Maple Leafs||AHL||6||3||4||7||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||50||2||17||19||22||1||1||0||1||0|
|2004–05||HC Sparta Praha||CZE||52||13||15||28||70||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||HC Sparta Praha||CZE||6||0||1||1||20||14||3||3||6||45|
|2008–09||HC Sparta Praha||CZE||13||2||3||5||32||11||0||3||3||50|
|2011–12||HC Lev Poprad||KHL||31||1||16||17||34||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||HC Sparta Praha||CZE||25||1||12||13||62||7||5||1||6||6|
- Casey, Elizabeth (2008-03-29). "Lessons of the heart". theahl.com. Archived from the original on 2008-05-16. Retrieved 2008-09-14.
- Ulmer, Mike (2007-03-09). "Pilar Hoping to Return to Lineup". The Official Site of the Toronto Marlies. Retrieved 2008-09-14.
- "Thrashers re-claim defenseman Karel Pilar on waivers". Atlanta Thrashers' Official Website. 2007-10-02. Retrieved 2008-09-14.
- "Pilar returns home signs with Praha" (in Czech). HC Sparta Praha. 2009-01-14. Retrieved 2009-01-14.
- Gustavsson, Jonas (2012-01-30). "Växjö Lakers värvar Pilar" (in Swedish). Växjö Lakers Hockey. Retrieved 2012-01-30.