Roman Hamrlík

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Roman Hamrlík
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Born (1974-04-12) April 12, 1974 (age 40)
Gottwaldov, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 223 lb (101 kg; 15 st 13 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for ZPS Zlín
Tampa Bay Lightning
Edmonton Oilers
New York Islanders
Calgary Flames
Montreal Canadiens
Washington Capitals
New York Rangers
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 1st overall, 1992
Tampa Bay Lightning
Playing career 1990–2013

Roman Hamrlík (born April 12, 1974) is a retired Czech professional ice hockey defenceman who played twenty seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected first overall in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Playing career[edit]

Drafted first overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft from ZPS Zlín, Hamrlík plays as a defenceman who typically takes on an offensive role for his team, especially on the powerplay. His offensive prowess has earned him the role of the "powerplay quarterback", as he often heads the offense in a powerplay.

He was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Calgary Flames on August 12, 2005, to a reported two-year, seven million dollar contract. On July 2, 2007, he signed a four-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens worth a total of $22 million.

Hamrlík has also played for the Edmonton Oilers and New York Islanders, and, on the international level, represented the Czech Republic at the 1998 Winter Olympics, where he was part of the gold medal-winning team.

After four productive seasons with the Montreal Canadiens Hamrlik signed as a free agent to a two-year contract worth $7 million with the Washington Capitals on July 1, 2011.[1]

In his second year with Washington during the lockout shortened 2012–13 season, Hamrlik was limited to only four games as a reserve defenseman before he was placed on waivers by the Capitals on March 5, 2013.[2] He was claimed by the New York Rangers on March 6, 2013.[3]

Hamrlík announced his retirement on October 21, 2013.[4]

Awards[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Hamrlik has an older brother, Martin Hamrlík, who was drafted by Hartford in 1991, but who never reached the NHL. He played principally for Zlín, retiring in 2013. Hamrlík has been referred to by the nickname "The Hammer" since his younger days in the NHL, referring to both a play on his name and the tremendous impact he has when hitting other players into the boards.

Career statistics[edit]

Hamrlík as a member of the Calgary Flames

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1990–91 ZPS Zlín CZE 14 2 2 4 18
1991–92 ZPS Zlín CZE 34 5 4 9 50
1992–93 Atlanta Knights IHL 2 1 1 2 2
1992–93 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 67 6 15 21 71
1993–94 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 64 3 18 21 135
1994–95 ZPS Zlín CZE 2 1 0 1 0
1994–95 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 48 12 11 23 86
1995–96 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 82 16 49 65 103 5 0 1 1 4
1996–97 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 79 12 28 40 57
1997–98 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 37 3 12 15 22
1997–98 Edmonton Oilers NHL 41 6 20 26 48 12 0 6 6 12
1998–99 Edmonton Oilers NHL 75 8 24 32 70 3 0 0 0 2
1999–00 ZPS Zlín CZE 6 0 3 3 4
1999–00 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 8 37 45 68 5 0 1 1 4
2000–01 New York Islanders NHL 76 16 30 46 92
2001–02 New York Islanders NHL 70 11 26 37 78 7 1 6 7 6
2002–03 New York Islanders NHL 73 9 32 41 87 5 0 2 2 2
2003–04 New York Islanders NHL 81 7 22 29 68 5 0 1 1 2
2004–05 ZPS Zlín CZE 45 2 14 16 70 17 1 3 4 24
2005–06 Calgary Flames NHL 51 7 19 26 56 7 0 2 2 2
2006–07 Calgary Flames NHL 75 7 31 38 88 6 0 1 1 8
2007–08 Montreal Canadiens NHL 77 5 21 26 38 12 1 2 3 8
2008–09 Montreal Canadiens NHL 81 6 27 33 62 4 0 0 0 2
2009–10 Montreal Canadiens NHL 75 6 20 26 56 19 0 9 9 15
2010–11 Montreal Canadiens NHL 79 5 29 34 81 7 0 3 3 6
2011–12 Washington Capitals NHL 68 2 11 13 34 14 1 3 4 12
2012–13 Washington Capitals NHL 4 0 1 1 2
2012–13 New York Rangers NHL 12 0 0 0 6 2 0 1 1 2
NHL totals 1395 155 483 638 1408 113 3 38 41 87

International[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  Czech Republic
Ice hockey
Winter Olympics
Gold 1998 Nagano
Competitor for  Czechoslovakia
European Junior Championships
Gold 1991
Gold 1992
Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
1991 Czechoslovakia EJC-18 5 0 3 3 2
1992 Czechoslovakia EJC-18 6 1 1 2 8
1992 Czechoslovakia WJC 7 3 0 3 8
1994 Czech Republic WC 1 0 0 0 2
1996 Czech Republic WCH 3 0 0 0 4
1998 Czech Republic OG 6 1 0 1 2
2002 Czech Republic OG 4 0 1 1 2
2004 Czech Republic WCH 4 0 2 2 0
2004 Czech Republic WC 7 0 0 0 0
Junior int'l totals 18 4 4 8 18
Senior int'l totals 25 1 3 4 10

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NHL Free Agent Tracker". The Sports Network. Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Capitals Waive Roman Hamrlik". The Washington Post. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Rangers claim Roman Hamrlik". ESPN. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  4. ^ http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=687814

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Eric Lindros
NHL first overall draft pick
1992
Succeeded by
Alexandre Daigle
Preceded by
None
Tampa Bay Lightning first round draft pick
1992
Succeeded by
Chris Gratton