Daniel Tkaczuk

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Daniel Tkaczuk
Born (1979-06-10) June 10, 1979 (age 37)
Toronto, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 189 lb (86 kg; 13 st 7 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
EIHL team
Former teams
Nottingham Panthers
Calgary Flames
ERC Ingolstadt
EV Duisburg Die Füchse
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 6th overall, 1997
Calgary Flames
Playing career 1999–2011

Daniel Tkaczuk (born June 10, 1979 in Toronto, Ontario) is a former Canadian professional ice hockey player of Polish extraction who played mainly as a minor league journeyman in North America and in Europe. He is currently an assistant coach with the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Tkaczuk was selected 6th overall in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft by the Calgary Flames. He represented Canada at the 1999 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, where he won a silver medal and led the team in scoring. Tkaczuk was named to the American Hockey League's All-Rookie Team the following season. He played in the National Hockey League for the Calgary Flames during the 2001–02 campaign, but returned to the minors and never saw NHL action again.

Tkaczuk left the Flames system at the end of 2000–01 after winning the Calder Cup, and played two more years in the AHL for the Worcester IceCats and Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Unhappy with his shaky status in the minors, he tried his luck in Europe, spending the 2003–04 season with Lukko of Finland's major league, the SM-liiga, where his numbers were respectable, but not impressive enough to earn him a significant profile in Finland.

Tkaczuk then turned to Milan, the highest paying club in the Italian league, where he enjoyed considerable success, maintaining his preeminence even during the 2004-5 season, when the squad was strengthened by the arrival of NHL players during the NHL lockout. He led Milan in goals( 23), assists (33) and points (56) during the regular season and playoffs, good enough for third place overall in Serie A scoring. Thanks to those solid numbers, Tkaczuk was one of three Milan players, along with defenceman Marc Savard and veteran forward Ryan Savoia, named to Team Canada's roster for the 2004 Loto Cup in Slovakia. Milan went on to win the national title, their fourth in a row, defeating Cortina in the finals.

In the late summer of 2005, Tkaczuk held talks with Krefeld Pinguine of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL), Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League, and Lada Togliatti of the Russian Super League before eventually returning to Milan.

In 2006, Tkaczuk signed for ERC Ingolstadt of the DEL. In 2007 he moved to EV Duisburg Die Füchse and played there until the completion of the 2008–09 season. Tkaczuk was second in goals during the 2007–08 season (17)

After six years abroad, Tkaczuk returned to North America and signed with the Charlotte Checkers of the ECHL on November 13, 2009.[2] He would later be loaned to the Rochester Americans on December 7, 2009. On January 6, 2010, the Hartford Wolf Pack signed Tkaczuk to a professional tryout (PTO) contract.[3] Tkaczuk finished the season with 45 points in 46 games for the Checkers.

In the following season, Tkaczuk signed a one-year contract with the EC TREND-Dornbirn of the second-tier Austrian National League on September 16, 2010[4] After scoring 33 points in 26 games with Trend, Tkaczuk signed for the Nottingham Panthers of the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) in the United Kingdom, on January 19, 2011.[5]

Personal[edit]

Tkaczuk is the President of iHockeyTrainer.com, an online hockey school for training and skill development.[6] He is also a columnist for The Hockey News, often providing insight from a player's perspective[7]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1994–95 Mississauga Reps GTHL 53 65 66 131 20
1995–96 Barrie Colts OHL 61 22 39 61 38 7 1 2 3 8
1996–97 Barrie Colts OHL 62 45 48 93 49 9 7 2 9 2
1997–98 Barrie Colts OHL 57 35 40 75 38 6 2 3 5 8
1998–99 Barrie Colts OHL 58 43 62 105 58 12 7 8 15 10
1999–00 Saint John Flames AHL 80 25 41 66 56 3 0 0 0 0
2000–01 Saint John Flames AHL 50 15 21 36 48 14 10 9 19 10
2001–02 Calgary Flames NHL 19 4 7 11 14
2001–02 Worcester IceCats AHL 75 10 27 37 37 3 1 1 2 2
2002–03 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 69 9 18 27 44 9 3 7 10 16
2003–04 Lukko SML 36 7 11 18 16 4 0 0 0 18
2004–05 HC Milano Vipers ITL 34 23 36 59 28 13 6 10 16 18
2005–06 HC Milano Vipers ITL 30 13 31 44 55 4 4 2 6 8
2006–07 ERC Ingolstadt DEL 48 9 23 32 36 6 1 4 5 16
2007–08 EV Duisburg DEL 44 17 16 33 54
2008–09 EV Duisburg DEL 37 3 8 11 34
2009–10 Charlotte Checkers ECHL 46 11 34 45 18 4 4 1 5 2
2009–10 Syracuse Crunch AHL 3 0 0 0 2
2009–10 Rochester Americans AHL 7 0 2 2 4
2009–10 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 2 0 0 0 0
2010–11 EC Trend Dornbirn AUS2 26 16 17 33 65
2011–12 Nottingham Panthers EIHL 6 2 4 6 8
NHL totals 19 4 7 11 14

International[edit]

Daniel Tkaczuk
Medal record
Representing  Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Silver medal – second place 1999 Winnipeg
Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
1995 Canada Int18 5 1 1 2 4
1998 Canada WJC 7 2 1 3 4
1999 Canada WJC 7 6 4 10 10
Junior int'l totals 19 9 6 15 18

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Derek Morris
Calgary Flames' first round draft pick
1997
Succeeded by
Rico Fata