Petr Svoboda

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For the defenceman for the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2000–01, see Petr Svoboda (ice hockey b. 1980). For the Czech hurdler, see Petr Svoboda (athlete).
Petr Svoboda
Born (1966-02-14) February 14, 1966 (age 48)
Most, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for CHZ Litvínov
Montreal Canadiens
Buffalo Sabres
Philadelphia Flyers
Tampa Bay Lightning
National team  Czechoslovakia 
 Czech Republic
NHL Draft 5th overall, 1984
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 1982–2001

Petr Svoboda (born February 14, 1966) is a Czech former professional ice hockey defenceman who played 17 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Montreal Canadiens, Buffalo Sabres, Philadelphia Flyers and Tampa Bay Lightning. He was the first Czech to play over 1,000 games in the NHL. He is currently working as a sports agent in Santa Monica, California.

Playing career[edit]

In 1984, Svoboda had participated in the world Under-18 ice hockey championships in then-West Germany as a part of the Czechoslovak team, and after playing one game, he defected to the West in order to play hockey at a higher professional level. That spring, he was selected fifth overall in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens. His career highlights include winning the Stanley Cup with the Canadiens in 1986, and participating with the Czech team in the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, where he scored the only goal in the gold medal game against Russia. He retired from professional hockey in 2001 and now works as a player agent.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1982–83 CHZ Litvínov CZE 4 0 0 0 2
1983–84 CHZ Litvínov CZE 18 3 1 4 20
1984–85 Montreal Canadiens NHL 73 4 27 31 65 7 1 1 2 12
1985–86 Montreal Canadiens NHL 73 1 18 19 93 8 0 0 0 21
1986–87 Montreal Canadiens NHL 70 5 17 22 63 14 0 5 5 10
1987–88 Montreal Canadiens NHL 69 7 22 29 149 10 0 5 5 12
1988–89 Montreal Canadiens NHL 71 8 37 45 147 21 1 11 12 16
1989–90 Montreal Canadiens NHL 60 5 31 36 98 10 0 5 5 2
1990–91 Montreal Canadiens NHL 60 4 22 26 52 2 0 1 1 2
1991–92 Montreal Canadiens NHL 58 5 16 21 94
1991–92 Buffalo Sabres NHL 13 1 6 7 52 7 1 4 5 6
1992–93 Buffalo Sabres NHL 40 2 24 26 59
1993–94 Buffalo Sabres NHL 60 2 14 16 89 3 0 0 0 4
1994–95 HC Chemopetrol Litvínov CE 8 2 0 2 50
1994–95 Buffalo Sabres NHL 26 0 5 5 60
1994–95 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 11 0 3 3 10 14 0 4 4 8
1995–96 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 73 1 28 29 105 12 0 6 6 22
1996–97 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 67 2 12 14 94 16 1 2 3 16
1997–98 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 56 3 15 18 83 3 0 1 1 4
1998–99 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 25 4 2 6 28
1998–99 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 34 1 16 17 53
1999–00 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 70 2 23 25 170
2000–01 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 19 1 3 4 41
NHL totals 1028 58 341 399 1605 127 4 45 49 135

International[edit]

Olympic medal record
Men's Ice hockey
Gold 1998 Nagano Ice hockey
Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1983 Czechoslovakia EJC 5 0 0 0 8
1984 Czechoslovakia WJC 7 0 4 4 16
1984 Czechoslovakia EJC 5 1 1 2 16
1998 Czech Republic OG 6 1 1 2 39
Junior int'l totals 17 1 5 6 40
Senior int'l totals 6 1 1 2 39

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Preceded by
Alfie Turcotte
Montreal Canadiens' first round draft pick
1984
Succeeded by
Shayne Corson