November 8, 1973 |
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)|
|Played for||HC Kladno
Los Angeles Kings
|National team|| Czechoslovakia
|NHL Draft||76th overall, 1999
Los Angeles Kings
František "Frank" Kaberle (Czech pronunciation: [ˈfrancɪʃɛk ˈkabɛrlɛ]) (born November 8, 1973) is a Czech former professional ice hockey defenceman. His playing career extended over 20 seasons, most notably in the National Hockey League with the Los Angeles Kings, Atlanta Thrashers, and the Carolina Hurricanes.
Kaberle was drafted 76th overall in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft by the Kings. During the 1999-2000 season, he was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers for whom he would score his first career NHL goal on April 8, 2000 against Artūrs Irbe and the Carolina Hurricanes in a 4-3 Thrashers loss. Coincidentally, after the 2004-05 lockout, Kaberle would sign with Carolina.
In the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals, Kaberle scored a power play goal in the second period of Game 7 against the Edmonton Oilers, which would turn out to be the game and Stanley Cup winning goal. It would mark Kaberle's only Stanley Cup win.
During the off-season before the 2006–07 season, Kaberle suffered a shoulder injury, and was placed on the injured reserve on September 13, 2006. He was removed from the injured reserve on February 6, 2007, and scored the game winner that same night.
After four seasons with the Hurricanes, Kaberle was declared a free agent after he was bought out his final year of his contract on July 28, 2009. With his North American career at a close, he returned to his native Czech Republic and re-joined his original club, HC Kladno, for the 2009–10 season.
František (left) with his brother Tomáš in 2005
|Representing Czech Republic|
|World Junior Championships|
|European Junior Championships|
František Kaberle won the Ice Hockey World Championships five times: in 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2005. In 2006, he won the bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Turin. That same year, he would become the third player (first and second were Igor Larionov and Pavel Datsyuk in 2002) to win both bronze medal and Stanley Cup.
František Kaberle married his wife Kateřina on May 30, 1998. They have two daughters named Francesca and Vanessa.
His brother Tomáš Kaberle is a free agent and is also a fellow Stanley Cup winner with the Boston Bruins in 2011. Both of the Kaberle brothers were named to the Czech national ice hockey team for the 2006 Winter Olympics.
Regular season and playoffs
|1999–00||Long Beach Ice Dogs||IHL||18||2||8||10||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|1999–00||Lowell Lock Monsters||AHL||4||0||2||2||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|1999–00||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||37||0||9||9||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|Junior int'l totals||19||3||4||7||12|
|Senior int'l totals||83||9||21||30||28|
- "Carolina Hurricanes at Atlanta Thrashers Box Score, April 8, 2000". Hockey-Reference.com. 2000-04-08. Retrieved 2012-06-10.
- "Hurricanes buy-out defenseman Kaberle". The Sports Network. 2009-07-28. Retrieved 2011-11-12.
- "Kladno reports big comeback, after years in the NHL Kaberle is back" (in Czech). hokej.cz. 2009-08-27. Retrieved 2012-01-02.
- "Frantisek Kaberle ends storied career". National Hockey League. 2012-08-30. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
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