Dave Karpa

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Dave Karpa
Born (1971-05-07) May 7, 1971 (age 46)
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Right
Played for Quebec Nordiques
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Carolina Hurricanes
New York Rangers
NHL Draft 68th overall, 1991
Quebec Nordiques
Playing career 1992–2006

David James Karpa (born May 7, 1971) is a former Canadian ice hockey player who played in the National Hockey League for the Quebec Nordiques, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Carolina Hurricanes and New York Rangers between 1993 and 2003. Drafted 68th overall by the Nordiques in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft.

Coaching career[edit]

On May 19, 2015, Karpa was named the assistant head coach for the Flint Firebirds of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).[1] In a highly publicized incident, he was fired a month into the season, along with head coach John Gruden. Following a successful player walkout, Karpa was reinstated as the Firebirds assistant head coach.[2][3] On February 17, 2016, Karpa was again fired by the Firebirds.[4]

On August 8, 2016, Karpa was named the head coach and general manager of the Peoria Mustangs in the Tier III junior level North American 3 Hockey League.[5] His tenure in Peoria ended after just one season.


  1. ^ McMann, Aaron (May 19, 2015). "Flint Firebirds hire former NHL defenseman Dave Karpa as assistant coach". MLive. Retrieved May 19, 2015. 
  2. ^ Seravalli, Frank (November 9, 2015). "Flint Firebirds re-hire coaches after player protest". TSN.ca. TSN. Retrieved November 9, 2015. 
  3. ^ Woodyard, Eric (November 9, 2015). "Report: Flint Firebirds players walk out after coach is fired". MLive. Retrieved November 9, 2015. 
  4. ^ Sipple, George (February 17, 2016). "Flint Firebirds fire coaches for second time this season". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Peoria names David Karpa as new head coach". NA3HL. August 8, 2016. 

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