Paul Szczechura

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Paul Szczechura
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Born (1985-11-30) November 30, 1985 (age 28)
Brantford, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Right
KHL team
Former teams
Dinamo Minsk
Dinamo Riga
Tampa Bay Lightning
Buffalo Sabres
HC Lev Praha
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2007–present

Paul Szczechura /ʃəˈhʊrə/[1] (born November 30, 1985) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. He is currently playing with Belarusian team Dinamo Minsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

Playing career[edit]

Szczechura grew up in his hometown of Brantford, Ontario playing minor hockey for both the Brantford Saints and Brant Bandits AAA hockey programs. After being drafted in the 11th round of the 2001 OHL Priority Selection by the Barrie Colts, Szczechura decided to pursue an NCAA scholarship and played three seasons with the Brantford Golden Eagles of the OHA Midwestern Ontario Jr.B. League. He accepted a scholarship to Western Michigan University in 2003.

Previously, Szczechura played for Western Michigan University (CCHA), the Iowa Stars (AHL) and the Norfolk Admirals (AHL). He signed with the Lightning as a free agent on April 24, 2008, and debuted against the Philadelphia Flyers on December 2, 2008. He scored his first NHL goal against Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins on December 8, 2008.[2] Szczechura scored his second career goal and assisted on another Lightning goal on December 23, 2008 against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and was named the first star of the game. He is currently signed with the Buffalo Sabres to play with their AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans. On November 26, 2011, The Buffalo Sabres recalled Szczechura.[3] He was promoted to the first line on December 13, 2011.[4]

On May 22, 2012, it was announced that Szczechura signed a one-year contract to join Czech team, HC Lev, for their first foray into the Kontinental Hockey League.[5] Szczechura appeared in three games to start the 2012–13 season, before losing his place in the high flying Lev squad. On September 26, 2012, Szczechura signed contract to transfer over with fellow KHL, club Dinamo Riga.[6] After two seasons, in May 2014 he signed a two-year contract with HC Dinamo Minsk.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 Brantford Golden Eagles OMHA 42 29 41 70 28
2003–04 Western Michigan University NCAA 39 9 11 20 12
2004–05 Western Michigan University NCAA 37 6 23 29 22
2005–06 Western Michigan University NCAA 40 10 26 36 47
2006–07 Western Michigan University NCAA 37 19 26 45 26
2006–07 Iowa Stars AHL 14 3 4 7 19 10 3 1 4 8
2007–08 Iowa Stars AHL 29 2 3 5 15
2007–08 Norfolk Admirals AHL 24 14 12 26 16
2008–09 Norfolk Admirals AHL 33 13 16 29 26
2008–09 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 31 4 5 9 12
2009–10 Norfolk Admirals AHL 35 8 21 29 24
2009–10 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 52 5 2 7 18
2010–11 Norfolk Admirals AHL 79 22 30 52 43 3 1 0 1 4
2011–12 Rochester Americans AHL 56 21 26 47 26 3 0 1 1 0
2011–12 Buffalo Sabres NHL 9 1 3 4 4
2012–13 HC Lev Praha KHL 3 0 0 0 2
2012–13 Dinamo Rīga KHL 46 8 20 28 20
2013–14 Dinamo Rīga KHL 53 17 18 35 42
2014–15 Dinamo Minsk KHL
NHL totals 92 10 10 20 20
KHL totals

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCgaXyr6BKY
  2. ^ "Paul Szczechura player profile". Tampa Bay Lightning. 2010-12-12. Retrieved 2010-12-12. 
  3. ^ "SABRES SIGN MICHAEL RYAN, PAUL SZCZECHURA TO ONE-YEAR DEALS". Buffalo Sabres. 2011-08-09. Retrieved 2011-08-11. 
  4. ^ Vogl, John (2011-12-13). Szczechura's production earns top line promotion. The Buffalo News. Retrieved 2011-12-13.
  5. ^ "Szczechura thanks fans for support". SabreNoise.com. 2012-05-22. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  6. ^ "Dinamo Riga agree with Paul Szczechura" (in Latvian). Dinamo Riga. 2012-09-26. Retrieved 2012-09-26. 
  7. ^ "КХЛ. Канадский форвард Щехура перешел в минское «Динамо»" (in Russian). 2014-05-05. 

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