Martin Škoula

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Martin Škoula
Martin Skoula, HC Avangard, 2011.jpg
Born (1979-10-28) October 28, 1979 (age 34)
Litoměřice, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 226 lb (103 kg; 16 st 2 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
Czech team
Former teams
HC Bílí Tygři Liberec
HC Litvínov
Colorado Avalanche
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Dallas Stars
Minnesota Wild
Pittsburgh Penguins
New Jersey Devils
Avangard Omsk
Lev Praha
Slovan Bratislava
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 17th overall, 1998
Colorado Avalanche
Playing career 1999–present

Martin Škoula (born October 28, 1979) is a Czech professional ice hockey defenceman, currently with HC Bílí Tygři Liberec of the Czech Extraliga.

Playing career[edit]

Škoula was selected in the first round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, 17th overall, by the Colorado Avalanche. After playing two seasons in the Czech Republic, Škoula came over to North America in 1997, playing for the Barrie Colts of the OHL. His size and offensive ability made him an instant success. After only one game in the American Hockey League, with the Hershey Bears, Škoula joined the Avalanche.

In 2001, Škoula was a part of the Avalanche team that won the Stanley Cup. The following season, he played for his native country at the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.

On February 21, 2004, Škoula was dealt by the Avalanche to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim for Kurt Sauer and a 4th round pick (Raymond Macias).[1] After playing 20 games with the Ducks, Škoula left as an unrestricted free agent. He spent the 2004 NHL Lockout in the Czech Extraliga with HC Litvínov.

Martin Škoula (left) with the Penguins in October 2009.

On August 3, 2005, prior to the 2005–06 season, Škoula was signed by the Dallas Stars to a two-year contract.[2] He stayed less than a season before he was dealt at the trade deadline by the Stars, along with Shawn Belle, to the Minnesota Wild for Willie Mitchell and a 2nd round pick.[3]

On September 29, 2009, Škoula signed a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins for the 2009-10 season.[4] Škoula played in 33 games with the Penguins as a reserve defenceman before he was included in a trade with prospect Luca Caputi to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Alexei Ponikarovsky on March 3, 2010.[5] The same day, Škoula was then traded to the New Jersey Devils for a fifth-round pick in 2010.[6]

On June 23, 2010, after 11 years in the NHL, Škoula returned to Europe signing a one-year contract with Russian team Avangard Omsk of the KHL.[7] After one season in the KHL, Martin signed a new two-year contract with Avangard.[8]

In the second year of his extension, after nine games in the 2012–13 season, Skoula was released by Omsk and was transferred to newcomer KHL Czech based, HC Lev Praha on September 27, 2012. After 21 games with Lev Praha for 7 points, Skoula was placed on the unprotected list and went unclaimed. He was then re-assigned to join hometown club, HC Stadion Litoměřice, of the 1. národní hokejová liga on December 26, 2012.[9]

On April 21, 2013, Skoula signed as a free agent to return to the KHL with HC Slovan Bratislava on a one-year contract.[10] In the 2013–14 season, Skoula was one of only four Bratislava players to appear in every game with 54, helping contribute from the blueline with 13 points. He was unable to help elevate Slovan to the playoffs.

After signalling an intention to move closer to his native Litomerice at seasons end, he returned to the Czech Extraliga signing a one-year contract with HC Bílí Tygři Liberec on May 27, 2014.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1995–96 HC Litvínov CZE 1 0 0 0 0
1996–97 HC Litvínov CZE 1 0 0 0 0
1997–98 Barrie Colts OHL 66 8 36 44 36 6 1 3 4 4
1998–99 Barrie Colts OHL 67 13 46 59 46 12 3 10 13 13
1998–99 Hershey Bears AHL 1 0 0 0 0
1999–00 Colorado Avalanche NHL 80 3 13 16 20 17 0 2 2 4
2000–01 Colorado Avalanche NHL 82 8 17 25 38 23 1 4 5 8
2001–02 Colorado Avalanche NHL 82 10 21 31 42 21 0 6 6 2
2002–03 Colorado Avalanche NHL 81 4 21 25 68 7 0 1 1 4
2003–04 Colorado Avalanche NHL 58 2 14 16 30
2003–04 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 21 2 7 9 2
2004–05 HC Litvínov CZE 47 4 15 19 101 6 0 0 0 6
2005–06 Dallas Stars NHL 61 4 11 15 36
2005–06 Minnesota Wild NHL 17 1 5 6 10
2006–07 Minnesota Wild NHL 81 0 15 15 36 5 0 0 0 4
2007–08 Minnesota Wild NHL 80 3 8 11 26 6 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Minnesota Wild NHL 81 4 12 16 10
2009–10 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 33 3 5 8 6
2009–10 New Jersey Devils NHL 19 0 3 3 4 4 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Avangard Omsk KHL 52 3 19 22 21 14 0 3 3 4
2011–12 Avangard Omsk KHL 52 2 13 15 16 21 2 8 10 4
2012–13 Avangard Omsk KHL 9 0 1 1 0
2012–13 Lev Praha KHL 21 1 6 7 8
2012–13 HC Litoměřice CZE.1 1 0 0 0 2
2013–14 Slovan Bratislava KHL 54 2 11 13 18
NHL totals 776 44 152 196 328 83 1 13 14 22
KHL totals 188 8 50 58 63 35 2 11 13 8

International[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  Czech Republic
Ice hockey
World Championships
Silver 2006 Riga
Bronze 2011 Bratislava
Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2002 Czech Republic OG 7th 4 0 0 0 0
2004 Czech Republic WC 5th 7 1 0 1 4
2004 Czech Republic WCH 3rd 2 0 0 0 2
2006 Czech Republic WC 9 0 2 2 6
2011 Czech Republic WC 9 0 2 2 0
Senior totals 31 1 4 5 12

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
OHL
Second All-Star Team 1999
Plus/Minus Award 1999
CHL All-Rookie Team 1999
NHL
Stanley Cup 2001
KHL
All-Star Game 2011

Transactions[edit]

  • June 27, 1998 - Škoula drafted by Colorado Avalanche
  • February 21, 2004 - Škoula traded by Colorado to Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Kurt Sauer and a 4th round draft pick (Raymond Macias)
  • August 3, 2005 - Škoula signs with Dallas Stars.
  • March 9, 2006 - Škoula traded by the Dallas along with Shawn Belle to the Minnesota Wild for Willie Mitchell and the Wild's second-round pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
  • September 29, 2009 - Škoula signs a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
  • March 3, 2010 - Škoula was traded by the Pittsburgh to the Toronto Maple Leafs, along with teammate prospect Luca Caputi, for Alexei Ponikarovsky
  • March 3, 2010 - Škoula was traded from the Toronto Maple Leafs to the New Jersey Devils for a fifth round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dillman, Lisa (February 21, 2004). "Sauer joins Avalanche in trade for Skoula". latimes.com. Retrieved February 19, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Stars sign free agent defenseman Skoula". tsn.ca. August 3, 2005. Retrieved February 19, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Wild acquires Skoula, Belle for Mitchell". Minnesota Wild. March 9, 2006. Retrieved February 19, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Penguins sign Skoula to one-year deal". Pittsburgh Penguins. September 29, 2009. Retrieved March 3, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Pens send Caputi, Skoula to Leafs". ESPN. March 2, 2010. Retrieved March 3, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Leafs flip Skoula to Devils". CBC News. March 3, 2010. Retrieved March 3, 2010. 
  7. ^ "After ten seasons Skoula farewells the NHL, heads to Omsk joining Jagr". Hockey.cz (in Czech). June 23, 2010. Retrieved June 23, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Martin Skoula stays with Avangard". Hawk.ru (in Russian). May 3, 2011. Retrieved May 3, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Christmas brings new Litomerice addition" (in Czech). HC Stadion Litoměřice. 2012-12-26. Retrieved 2012-12-26. 
  10. ^ "Skoula goes to Slovan" (in Slovak). HC Slovan Bratislava. 2013-04-21. Retrieved 2013-04-21. 
  11. ^ "White Tigers catch resounding reinforcement in Stanley Cup winner Skoula" (in Czech). isport.blesk.cz. 2014-05-27. Retrieved 2014-05-27. 

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Preceded by
Alex Tanguay
Colorado Avalanche first round draft pick
1998
Succeeded by
Robyn Regehr