28 April 1986|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||188 lb (85 kg; 13 st 6 lb)|
|National team||Czech Republic|
63rd overall, 2004|
David Krejčí (Czech pronunciation: [ˈdavɪt ˈkrɛjtʃiː], born 28 April 1986) is a Czech professional ice hockey centre and alternate captain for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was part of the Bruins' Stanley Cup win in 2011 and led the NHL in points during the 2011 and 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs. Internationally he has played for the Czech national team at several tournaments, including the 2010, 2014, and 2022 Winter Olympics and four World Championships.
Krejčí was drafted by the Boston Bruins in the third round, 63rd overall, of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He was drafted out of Czech junior leagues, having played for HC Kladno. Following his selection, he moved to North America to play major junior hockey in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) for the Gatineau Olympiques for two seasons. In his two seasons with the Gatineau Olympiques, Krejčí played in 117 games recording 49 goals, recording 144 points.
Boston Bruins (2006–2021)
Krejčí turned professional in 2006–07, playing for the Bruins' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Providence Bruins. He played in his first NHL game on 30 January 2007 in a 7–1 loss against the Buffalo Sabres but suffered a concussion from Buffalo's Adam Mair during his third shift. He recorded just 2:07 minutes of ice time. Krejčí played increasingly with Boston the following season, appearing in 56 NHL games to go with 25 games for Providence. On 19 February 2008, Krejčí was involved in a shootout tie-breaker round in a Bruins road game against the Carolina Hurricanes and scored to help the Bruins take the shootout 2–1. Krejčí's shootout tally would not register as his first NHL goal, as shootout goals do not count towards a player's statistical totals. Krejčí scored his first official NHL goal one week later, on 26 February against Martin Gerber of the Ottawa Senators, the second Bruins' goal in a 4–0 home shutout. He finished his rookie NHL season with 6 goals and 27 points.
During the 2008–09 season, Krejčí scored his first NHL hat-trick on 18 December 2008 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. He registered his first two goals against starter Vesa Toskala and his third against Curtis Joseph in an 8–5 Bruins win. About the midpoint of that season, NESN's play-by-play TV announcer Jack Edwards for televised Bruins games gave Krejčí the nickname "The Matrix" due to his ability to slow down the pace of a game through his skating style and abilities on the ice. Before a game on 2 April 2009, Krejčí was named the winner of the Boston Bruins' 2009 Seventh Player Award. The award is given annually to the player who "goes beyond the call of duty and exceeds all expectations" throughout the course of the season. During the game, Krejčí assisted on a goal by Milan Lucic, the 2008 winner of the Seventh Player Award, in a 2–1 home ice victory over the Ottawa Senators. He completed his second NHL season with a then-career-high 73 points in 82 games to go with a league-high +37 plus-minus rating. On 2 June 2009, he signed a multi-year contract extension with the Bruins, reportedly a three-year contract paying an average of $3.75 million per year.
At the beginning of November 2009, Krejčí was noticeably ill; on 5 November 2009, it was confirmed that Krejčí had been diagnosed with the H1N1 virus, which sidelined him for some time.
On 5 May 2010, during the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs, Krejčí dislocated his wrist less than five minutes into a game when he was checked at the Bruins' blue line by Philadelphia Flyers' centre Mike Richards. Surgery was needed and was performed following the game at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, and Krejčí missed the remainder of the playoffs.
On 25 May 2011, in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Krejčí recorded his second NHL career hat-trick. He was the first Bruin to record a playoff hat-trick since Cam Neely, two decades prior. On 15 June, Krejčí and the Bruins won the team's first Stanley Cup in 39 years after defeating the Vancouver Canucks 4–0 in Game 7 of the Finals. Krejčí finished the 2011 playoffs with a playoff-leading 12 goals, 23 points and 4 game-winning goals.
On 1 March 2012, in a game against the New Jersey Devils, Krejčí scored his third career hat-trick, scoring in the first, third and overtime periods in a 4–3 win. In Game 4 of the 2013 opening round playoffs against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Krejčí scored a hat-trick, including the game-winning goal in overtime. Krejčí would also lead the league again in points in the playoffs with 26, but his team fell short to the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 in the Finals.
On 1 October 2013, Krejčí was named an alternate captain of the Bruins. On 25 October 2013, he scored a game-winning goal with 0.8 seconds left against the San Jose Sharks and goaltender Antti Niemi.
On 3 September 2014, Krejčí signed a six-year contract extension with the Bruins. During a road game on 20 February 2015 against the St. Louis Blues, Krejčí suffered a partial tear of his MCL in his left knee, forcing him off the ice for 4–6 weeks for recovery.
During the Bruins' home game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on 8 December 2018, Krejčí became the tenth-highest scoring Bruins player of all-time (surpassing Cam Neely) when he recorded a goal and an assist in a 6–3 Bruins' win, bringing his points total to 592. Three days later, on 11 December, Krejčí played his 800th NHL game, recording three assists in a Bruins' 4–3 home win over the Arizona Coyotes. Just one week later, on 20 December, Krejčí recorded his 600th career NHL point after scoring the Bruins' third goal in a 4–1 home ice defeat of the Anaheim Ducks.
As of the end of the 2020–21 season, Krejčí's 42 playoff goals ranked him seventh on the Bruins' all-time list of postseason scorers. At that time, he was also ranked 16th in Boston history in regular-season goals scored (215), seventh in assists (515) and eighth in total points (730).
On 30 July 2021, Krejčí announced that he was leaving the NHL and intended to return to the Czech Republic to continue his career. The Bruins' general manager, Don Sweeney, indicated that the team would "keep the door open" for a return in the future if Krejčí decided to return.
HC Olomouc (2021–2022)
In his return to his roots, Krejčí returned to his first club as a junior, agreeing to a one-year contract with Czech club, HC Olomouc of the Czech Extraliga (ELH), on 2 August 2021. In the 2021–22 season, as an alternate captain with Olomouc, Krejčí led the team in scoring, notching 20 goals and 46 points through 51 regular season games. He added 5 points through 5 post-season games in a qualifying round defeat to HC Vítkovice Ridera.
Return to Boston (2022–present)
After concluding his one-year contract with Olomouc, Krejčí opted to return for a 16th season with the Bruins, agreeing to a bonus laden one-year, $1 million contract on 8 August 2022. He played his 1,000th NHL game on 16 January 2023 at TD Garden against the Philadelphia Flyers, dishing out three assists in a 6–0 victory.
|Representing Czech Republic|
|World Junior Championships|
|2005 United States|
|IIHF World U18 Championship|
After the Bruins' 2007–08 season ended, Krejčí was named to the Czech national team on 26 April 2008, for the 2008 IIHF World Championships. He was named to the Czech national team for the 2010 Winter Olympics, playing centre on a line with wingers Tomáš Fleischmann and Martin Erat to open the Games.
Following the Bruins' defeat to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second round of the 2018 playoffs, Krejčí was invited to participate at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.
Regular season and playoffs
Bold indicates led league
|2002–03||HC Vagnerplast Kladno||CZE U18||22||12||24||36||42||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||HC Vagnerplast Kladno||CZE U20||12||4||5||9||2||12||5||5||10||8|
|2003–04||HC Rabat Kladno||CZE U20||50||23||37||60||37||7||3||6||9||4|
|2012–13||HC ČSOB Pojišťovna Pardubice||ELH||24||16||11||27||22||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honours
|Golden Hockey Stick||2013|||
|NHL Plus-Minus Award||2009, 2014|
|Stanley Cup champion||2011|
|IIHF World U18 Championship bronze medal||2004|
|IIHF World Junior Championship bronze medal||2005|
|IIHF World Championship bronze medal||2012|
|IIHF World Championships bronze medal||2022|
|Seventh Player Award||2009|||
|Bruins Three Stars Awards||2010, 2014, 2016|
|Elizabeth C. Dufresne Trophy||2014|
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- ^ Russo, Eric (8 December 2018). "Team Effort Spurs Bruins in Win Over Leafs". NHL.com. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
But it was David Krejci's evening that stood out. ... The pivot's two-point output - while centering Marchand and Pastrnak - pushed him past Cam Neely for 10th place on the Bruins' all-time scoring list with 592 points. Krejci leapfrogged Boston's president with an assist on Krug's second-period tally and later added his fourth goal of the season - and second in the last two games - to extend the Bruins' lead to 5-1 at 4:37 of the third.
- ^ Russo, Eric (11 December 2018). "Krejci Connecting With Bruins Top Line". NHL.com. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
But to Marchand and Pastrnak, it was Krejci - playing in his 800th career game - who made the line go. The 32-year-old pivot, twice the NHL's leading playoff scoring, picked up helpers on all three goals, with each play prettier than the next.
- ^ Kalman, Matt (20 December 2018). "Pastrnak has three points, Bruins top Ducks". nhl.com/bruins. National Hockey League. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
David Krejci extended the lead to 3-0 at 5:21 of the third period. After Marchand lost the puck, Pastrnak recovered it, skated back toward the top of the circle and fed Krejci for a one-timer from the top of the right circle..."Yeah, I was looking for a one-timer, I was coming late," said Krejci, whose goal was his 600th NHL point.
- ^ "Krejci leaving Bruins, NHL after 15 seasons to play in Czech Republic". NHL.com. 30 July 2021. Retrieved 30 July 2021.
- ^ Mullen, Logan (6 August 2021). "Don Sweeney Leaving Door Open For David Krejci To Rejoin Bruins". nesn.com. NESN. Retrieved 13 August 2021.
For now, David Krejci is off to play in his native Czech Republic...But if he decides down the road he'd like to return to the Boston Bruins, general manager Don Sweeney is keeping that door ajar..."We're wondering whether or not he may return at some point in time, but that's open-ended," Sweeney said Friday over Zoom.
- ^ "Magnificent return home confirmed! Star David Krejci will wear Olomouc jersey" (in Czech). HC Olomouc. 2 August 2021. Retrieved 2 August 2021.
- ^ "Bruins sign David Krejci to one-year contract". Boston Bruins. 8 August 2022. Retrieved 8 August 2022.
- ^ Conor, Ryan (16 January 2023). "Unassuming, understated, and brilliant: David Krejci's 1,000th game encapsulates his value to Bruins". Boston.com. Retrieved 18 January 2023.
- ^ "HOME". Iihf.com. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
- ^ "Bruins Pastrnak, Krejci to join Czechs at ice hockey worlds". sportsnet.ca. 9 May 2018. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
- ^ "Czech Torch Passed: Krejci Wins Golden Stick". Stanley Cup of Chowder. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
- ^ "Krejci Wins NESN's Seventh Player Award". NHL.com. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Eurohockey.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
- 1986 births
- Boston Bruins draft picks
- Boston Bruins players
- Czech expatriate ice hockey players in Canada
- Czech expatriate ice hockey players in the United States
- Czech ice hockey centres
- Gatineau Olympiques players
- HC Dynamo Pardubice players
- Ice hockey players at the 2010 Winter Olympics
- Ice hockey players at the 2014 Winter Olympics
- Ice hockey players at the 2022 Winter Olympics
- Living people
- Olympic ice hockey players of the Czech Republic
- HC Olomouc players
- People from Šternberk
- Providence Bruins players
- Rytíři Kladno players
- Stanley Cup champions
- Sportspeople from the Olomouc Region