April 13, 1972 |
Radomsko, Łódź, POL
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
|Played for||Boston Bruins
New York Islanders
Toronto Maple Leafs
|NHL Draft||106th overall, 1991
Mariusz Czerkawski (pronounced [ˈmarjuʂ t͡ʂɛrˈkafski]; born April 13, 1972) is a retired Polish ice hockey player. He played for the Boston Bruins, Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders, Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs in the National Hockey League (NHL). In addition to playing in the NHL, Czerkawski played for several different European-based teams. A consistent scorer, Czerkawski was the first person born and trained in Poland to play in the NHL.
He is sometimes known by his nickname the "Polish Prince."
After a good season with the GKS Tychy in 1990–91, the Boston Bruins drafted him in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft in the 5th round, 105th overall. Czerkawski joined that year the Djurgårdens IF of the Elitserien. If his first season numbers were unimpressive, reflecting his rookie status, he posted good results in his second season in Stockholm, with 34 points in 39 games.
Czerkawski made his NHL debut in 1993–94 with the Bruins, playing in 4 games, a long enough stint to collect two goals and an assist and introduce himself as a promising youngster. The next season, he played 47 games with Boston, collecting 12 goals and 14 assists in the shortened season.
In 1996, Czerkawski was traded to the Edmonton Oilers. He played about a season and a half there before another trade sent him to the New York Islanders, where Czerkawski would have his best years, including two 30-goal plus seasons. After being traded to the Montreal Canadiens in 2002, however, he found himself waived to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League. His contract was bought out and he signed a one year deal with the Islanders in 2003, netting another 25-goal season.
Czerkawski made his only NHL All Star game appearance in 2000.
Next season, he joined the Toronto Maple Leafs. There again, he had a disappointing season, being benched for the most part of the first half of the season. A light resurrection occurred in December when he was paired with Mats Sundin, but overall, he only gathered 5 points in the 19 games he played in. The Bruins claimed him off waivers on March 8; however, he only played 16 games with Boston, scoring four goals and one assist.
After retiring from Hockey, he actively plays golf, where after 2 years he plays to a handicap 5.
Regular season and playoffs
|1988–89||GKS Tychy Jr.||Poland Jr.||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1989–90||GKS Tychy Jr.||Poland Jr.||30||35||11||46||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997–98||New York Islanders||NHL||68||12||13||25||23||—||—||—||—||—|
|1998–99||New York Islanders||NHL||78||21||17||38||14||—||—||—||—||—|
|1999–00||New York Islanders||NHL||79||35||35||70||34||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000–01||New York Islanders||NHL||82||30||32||62||48||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001–02||New York Islanders||NHL||82||22||29||51||48||7||2||2||4||4|
|2003–04||New York Islanders||NHL||81||25||24||49||16||5||0||1||1||0|
|2005–06||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||19||4||1||5||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|Junior int'l totals||25||27||12||39||26|
|Senior int'l totals||36||17||17||34||20|
All Star Games
- All statistics taken from NHL.com
|IIHF U-20 Division I Best Player||1990|
Czerkawski was married from 1996 to 1998 to Polish-Swedish actress Izabella Scorupco, best known from the 1995 James Bond film GoldenEye. They have a daughter Julia (b. September 16, 1997). Since September 1, 2007 he is married to Emilia Raszyńska (1st vice miss Polonia, 1999), they have a son named Iwo, born in 2009.
- NHL.com (2009). "Mariusz Czerkawski's NHL Profile". NHL.com. Retrieved 2009-07-08.