David Kudla

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David Kudla
Born (1990-10-21) 21 October 1990 (age 25)
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Height 6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Weight 231 lb (105 kg; 16 st 7 lb)
Position Defence/Forward
Shoots Left
AIHL team
Former teams
Perth Thunder
Kiekko-67
Northern Vikings
ParSport U20
Perth Thunder
UJK
UJK U20
WAIHA
National team  Australia
Playing career 2007–present

David Kudla (born 21 October 1990) is an Australian ice hockey player currently playing for the Perth Thunder in the Australian Ice Hockey League.

Playing career[edit]

Kudla first played for the Finnish club UJK of the 2. Divisioona in 2007.[1] Kudla played for UJK in the 2. Divisioona league for the 2007-08 season but was moved to the club's under-20 team which play in the Jr. A III-divisioona for the 2008-09 season. During the season he played for UJK U20 in the Jr. A II-divisioona Qualifications.[1] Starting the 2009-10 season Kudla competed for UJK U20 in the Jr. A II-divisioona league before the team returned to play in the Jr. A III-divisioona. He also returned to the senior UJK team where he played seven games of the 2. Divisioona season. Following the end of the 2009-10 season Kudla left UJK and signed with Kiekko-67 also of the 2. Divisioona league.[1] During the 2010-11 season Kudla also signed on with ParSport U20 of the Jr. A III-divisioona. Following the end of the 2010-11 season in Finland Kudla returned to Australia and signed with the Western Australian Ice Hockey Association (WAIHA) to compete in the 2011 season of the Western Australian Super League (WASL).[1] In 2012 Kudla left WAIHA and signed with the Perth Thunder to compete in the Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL) as well as signing on with WASL club, the Northern Vikings.[1]

Kudla was first selected to represent Australia in 2010 where he joined the national under-20 team to compete in the 2010 IIHF World U20 Championship Division III tournament being held in Istanbul, Turkey.[2] Australia won the tournament and were promoted to Division II for the following year while Kudla recorded seven points for the tournament and was named the top defenceman by the IIHF directorate.[3] In 2013 Kudla was selected for the national senior team to compete in the 2013 IIHF World Championship Division II Group A tournament being held in Zagreb, Croatia. Australia finished the tournament in fourth place while Kudla failed to record any points and finished with a plus/minus of zero.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Kudla was born on 21 October 1990 in Perth, Western Australia, Australia.[1] He has a twin brother, Simon, who also plays for the Perth Thunder in the Australian Ice Hockey League.[5] Kudla previously played inline hockey before moving across to ice hockey.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

David Kudla
Medal record
Competitor for  Australia
Ice hockey
IIHF World U20 Championships
Gold medal – first place 2010 Istanbul Division III
Regular season and playoffs
Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007-08 UJK 2. Divisioona 6 0 0 0 0
2008-09 UJK U20 Jr. A II-divisioona Q 9 2 0 2 4
2008-09 UJK U20 Jr. A III-divisioona 10 6 5 11 20
2009-10 UJK U20 Jr. A II-divisioona 5 0 2 2 4
2009-10 UJK U20 Jr. A III-divisioona 13 9 6 15 70
2009-10 UJK 2. Divisioona 7 1 0 1 6
2010-11 Kiekko-67 2. Divisioona 19 3 0 3 2
2010-11 ParSport U20 Jr. A III-divisioona 12 2 3 5 10
2011 WAIHA WASL 14 7 6 13 24 1 1 2 0 0
2012 Northern Vikings WASL 12 8 15 23 12
2012 Perth Thunder AIHL 24 3 12 15 8
International
Year Team Competition   GP G A Pts PIM +/–
2010 Australia U20 2010 IIHF World U20 Championship Division III 4 3 4 7 0 +4
2013 Australia 2013 IIHF World Championship Division II Group A 5 0 0 0 0 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "David Kudla". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2013-01-06. 
  2. ^ "2010 IIHF World U20 Championship Div. III". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2013-01-06. 
  3. ^ "Best Players Selected by the Directorate" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. Archived from the original on 2013-01-06. Retrieved 2013-01-06. 
  4. ^ "2013 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Div. II Group A". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2013-04-23. 
  5. ^ "Simon Kudla". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2013-01-06. 
  6. ^ "David Kudla". Perth Thunder. Archived from the original on 2013-01-06. Retrieved 2013-01-06.