Vlastimil Kroupa

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Vlastimil Kroupa
Vlastimil Kroupa - Fribourg-Gottéron vs. HC Litvinov, Exhibition game, 20th February 2010.jpg
Born (1975-04-27) April 27, 1975 (age 39)
Most, TCH
Height 6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Weight 202 lb (92 kg; 14 st 6 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Czech Extraliga team
Former teams
HC Oceláři Třinec
San Jose Sharks
New Jersey Devils
NHL Draft 45th overall, 1993
San Jose Sharks
Playing career 1992–2011

Vlastimil Kroupa (born April 27, 1975 in Most, Czechoslovakia) is a retired Czech professional ice hockey defenceman. Chosen in the second round of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft (#45 overall) by the San Jose Sharks, Kroupa played in parts of 5 seasons with the San Jose Sharks and New Jersey Devils. A tall and skilled defenceman, Kroupa was known for a puck-moving transitional style and a heavy point shot. However, he struggled with the longer NHL season (in comparison to Europe), as well as the more rugged and tough physical aspects of the North American game. After several seasons in the late 1990s spent mostly in the AHL refining his game, Kroupa elected to return to play in his native Czech Republic before the start of the 2000–01 season.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1993–94 San Jose Sharks NHL 27 1 3 4 20 14 1 2 3 21
1994–95 San Jose Sharks NHL 14 0 2 2 16 6 0 0 0 4
1995–96 San Jose Sharks NHL 27 1 7 8 18 -- -- -- -- --
1996–97 San Jose Sharks NHL 35 2 6 8 12 -- -- -- -- --
1997–98 New Jersey Devils NHL 2 0 1 1 0 -- -- -- -- --
NHL Totals 105 4 19 23 66 20 1 2 3 25

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