Michael Kostka

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Michael Kostka
Michael Kostka - New York Rangers.jpg
Kostka as a Ranger in October 2014.
Born (1985-11-28) November 28, 1985 (age 29)
Ajax, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
New York Rangers
Toronto Maple Leafs
Chicago Blackhawks
Tampa Bay Lightning
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2008–present

Michael Christopher Kostka (born November 28, 1985) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman. He is currently playing with the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]

Kostka in 2014 with the Lightning.

After playing four seasons at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, he was signed to a professional contract by the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League on March 25, 2008. He was assigned to the organization's American Hockey League affiliate (at the time), the Rochester Americans. In his second professional season he moved with the Sabres to new affiliate, the Portland Pirates before returning after two years to sign with the Rochester Americans for the 2010–11 season on August 24, 2010.[1]

On June 30, 2011, Kostka was signed to a one-year NHL contract with then Rochester affiliate, the Florida Panthers.[2]

On December 2, 2011, Kostka was traded by the Panthers, along with Evan Oberg, to the Tampa Bay Lightning for James Wright and Mike Vernace.[3]

After helping Norfolk capture the Calder Cup, on July 1, 2012, Kostka was signed as a free agent to a one-year contract by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Kostka got his first NHL point in his debut NHL game against the Montreal Canadiens on January 19, 2013.[4]

On July 19, 2013, Kostka signed as a free agent to a one-year, two way contract with the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Chicago Blackhawks.[5] He then scored his first NHL goal against the Leafs on October 19, 2013, against Jonathan Bernier. After only nine games with the Blackhawks and approaching the last quarter of the season, on February 23, 2014, Kostka was claimed off waivers by the Tampa Bay Lightning.[6]

After a successful stint with the Lightning, Kostka left as a free agent to sign a one-year contract with the New York Rangers on July 1, 2014.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 Ajax-Pickering Raiders OMHA-ETA 39 5 13 18 28
2001–02 Ajax-Pickering Raiders OMHA-ETA 23 6 11 17 38
2001–02 Ajax Axemen OPJHL 19 1 4 5 8
2002–03 Ajax Axemen OPJHL 39 4 11 15 32
2003–04 Aurora Tigers OPJHL 42 9 27 36 4
2004–05 U. of Massachusetts-Amherst HE 32 1 5 6 14
2005–06 U. of Massachusetts-Amherst HE 36 2 6 8 20
2006–07 U. of Massachusetts-Amherst HE 39 3 15 18 20
2007–08 U. of Massachusetts-Amherst HE 36 9 12 21 20
2007–08 Rochester Americans AHL 1 0 0 0 2
2008–09 Portland Pirates AHL 80 4 26 30 33 4 1 0 1 6
2009–10 Portland Pirates AHL 76 2 25 27 37 4 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Rochester Americans AHL 80 16 39 55 46
2011–12 San Antonio Rampage AHL 18 2 4 6 14
2011–12 Norfolk Admirals AHL 52 7 25 32 43 18 6 6 12 8
2012–13 Toronto Marlies AHL 34 6 28 34 38
2012–13 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 35 0 8 8 27 1 0 0 0 0
2013–14 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 9 2 1 3 8
2013–14 Rockford IceHogs AHL 2 0 1 1 2
2013–14 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 19 2 6 8 0 3 0 2 2 0
NHL totals 63 4 15 19 35 4 0 2 2 0

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-Hockey East Second Team 2007–08

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