Václav Varaďa

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Václav Varaďa
Born (1976-04-26) April 26, 1976 (age 38)
Vsetín, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 207 lb (94 kg; 14 st 11 lb)
Position Winger
Shot Left
Extraliga team
Former teams
HC Vítkovice
HC Oceláři Třinec

NHL
Buffalo Sabres
Ottawa Senators
NLA
HC Davos
NHL Draft 89th overall, 1994
San Jose Sharks
Playing career 1996–2014

Václav Varaďa (Czech pronunciation: [ˈvaːtslaf ˈvaraɟa]; born April 26, 1976) is a Czech professional ice hockey player currently playing for HC Vítkovice of the Czech Extraliga. He formerly played in the National Hockey League (NHL) in a ten-year span. In his professional career, he has previously played for the Buffalo Sabres and the Ottawa Senators. Varaďa is known for his physicality in a third or fourth line role.

Playing career[edit]

Varaďa spent his young years with the Czech League from 1992 to 1994, and that year he became drafted. To get closer to earn a spot in the NHL, Varaďa moved up to the Western Hockey League (WHL), and then the NHL's affiliate, the American Hockey League (AHL). He was traded to the Buffalo Sabres in a deal for Doug Bodger, to Varaďa's original team, the San Jose Sharks. Rotating from the AHL for a few years, he created a reputation as a pest and a solid checking line player.

He played some of his best hockey for the Buffalo Sabres during their trip to the Stanley Cup finals amassing 24 assists, three shy of his professional career. Despite the large help of Dominik Hašek, the Sabres lost to the Dallas Stars in six games by a controversial goal by winger Brett Hull.

He was later traded to the Ottawa Senators for Jakub Klepiš before the 2003 trade deadline in an attempt by the Senators to become a tougher and gritty team, en route to the Senators' first Eastern Conference championship series against the defensive-minded team, New Jersey Devils. In a dramatic seven game series, New Jersey came out on top to eventually win the Stanley Cup.

After spending his career with the Vítkovice of the Czech League during the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Varaďa spent one more year with the Senators. In a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Varaďa was ready to check defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo skating down to the Senators' end. Varaďa collided with him, then Colaiacovo spun into the boards, hard enough for a concussion. After taken off by a stretcher, there were fans complaining about an intent to injure, especially with Colaiacovo's history of serious injuries. However, video has shown Colaiacovo was skating hard enough to actually rebound off Varaďa.

Once the playoffs came for the heavily-favoured Senators, the team fell to the Sabres in a five game series, with Varaďa only totaling two assists. In August 2006, Varaďa signed with HC Davos of the Swiss National League A (NLA).

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts +/- PIM GP G A Pts +/- PIM
1992–93 HC Vítkovice Czech 1 0 0 0 0 0
1993–94 HC Vítkovice Czech 29 7 8 15 0 4 4 3 7 11
1994–95 Tacoma Rockets WHL 68 50 38 88 108 6 3 3 6 16
1995–96 Kelowna Rockets WHL 59 39 46 85 100
1995–96 Rochester Americans AHL 5 3 0 3 4
1995–96 Buffalo Sabres NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1996–97 Buffalo Sabres NHL 5 0 0 0 2 --
1997–98 Rochester Americans AHL 45 30 26 56 74
1997–98 Buffalo Sabres NHL 27 5 6 11 0 15 15 3 4 7 +3 18
1998–99 Buffalo Sabres NHL 72 7 24 31 +11 61 21 5 4 9 +2 14
1999–00 Vítkovice HC Czech 5 2 3 5 12
1999–00 Buffalo Sabres NHL 76 10 27 37 +12 62 5 0 0 0 +1 8
2000–01 Buffalo Sabres NHL 75 10 21 31 -2 81 13 0 4 4 +2 8
2001–02 Buffalo Sabres NHL 76 7 16 23 -7 82
2002–03 Buffalo Sabres NHL 44 7 4 11 -2 23
2002–03 Ottawa Senators NHL 11 2 6 8 +3 8 18 2 4 6 +4 18
2003–04 Ottawa Senators NHL 30 5 5 10 +2 26 7 1 1 2 0 4
2004–05 Vítkovice HC Czech 44 8 19 27 83
2005–06 Ottawa Senators NHL 76 5 16 21 +2 50 4 0 2 2 0 8
2006–07 HC Davos NLA 30 5 5 10 +2 26 7 1 1 2 0 4
2007–08 HC Langnau NLA 37 12 30 32 56
2008–09 HC Vítkovice Czech 16 5 5 10 22 4 2 2 4 2
NHL totals 493 58 125 183 +19 410 87 11 19 30 +12 78
Czech League totals 79 17 30 47 47 11 3 3 6 37

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