Joel Kwiatkowski

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Joel Kwiatkowski
Born (1977-03-22) March 22, 1977 (age 40)
Kindersley, SK, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 203 lb (92 kg; 14 st 7 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Ottawa Senators
Washington Capitals
Florida Panthers
Pittsburgh Penguins
Atlanta Thrashers
Severstal Cherepovets
SKA St. Petersburg
SC Bern
HC Fribourg-Gottéron
Modo Hockey
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 194th overall, 1996
Dallas Stars
Playing career 1998–2016

Joel Kwiatkowski (born March 22, 1977) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenseman. Kwiatkowski played 282 games in the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]

Kwiatkowski was drafted in the eighth round, 194th overall by the Dallas Stars in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. After finishing junior hockey, he signed with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim as a free-agent, but never played in the NHL for the Ducks, instead he spent two seasons with the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks of the American Hockey League. He was traded to the Ottawa Senators for Patrick Traverse in 2000 and played a handful of games with the Sens. As well as that, he was a key player in the IHL with the Grand Rapids Griffins, becoming an all-star in 2001.

After three seasons with the Senators organization, he was traded to the Washington Capitals for a ninth-round draft pick in the 2003 draft (a draft pick traded back to Washington just months later). He played much more ice time in his one full season with the Capitals, playing 80 games and scoring 6 goals and 12 points. He signed with the Florida Panthers in 2004, but spent the season with the San Antonio Rampage due to the NHL Lockout which canceled the 2004–05 season. He was later loaned to the St. John's Maple Leafs for a run in the playoffs. When the lockout was resolved, he finally played for the Panthers and in 73 games, he tied his NHL best of 12 points and scored 10 points in 41 games before being dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins where he played just one game.

He signed with the Atlanta Thrashers on August 30, 2007 as a free-agent and was assigned to the Chicago Wolves. He played one season in Chicago before going to the Kontinental Hockey League where he spent the 2008–09 season playing for the Severstal Cherepovets. He remained in the KHL for the 2009–10 season with SKA St. Petersburg.

Kwiatkowski moved to the Swiss National League and first played for SC Bern from 2010–2012 before transferring to HC Fribourg-Gottéron for the 2012–13 season compiling 23 points in 46 games.

In his final professional season in 2015–16, Kwiatkowski opted to play in the Swedish Hockey League with Modo Hockey. Unable to help Modo avoid relegation, he produced 5 points in 42 games from the blueline.

On September 12, 2016, Kwiatkowski confirmed the end of his playing career in accepting an assistant coaching position with the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL.[1]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Ice hockey
Representing  Canada
IIHF World Championship
Silver medal – second place 2009 Switzerland

Kwiatkowski was a member of Team Canada at the 2009 IIHF World Championship in Switzerland.[2] Named to the alternate roster on April 13, 2009,[3] Team Canada GM Doug Armstrong activated the journeyman defenceman to suit up for the tournament game against Slovakia on April 28, 2009.[4]

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 Tacoma Rockets WHL 70 4 13 17 66 4 0 0 0 2
1995–96 Kelowna Rockets WHL 40 6 17 23 85
1995–96 Prince George Cougars WHL 32 6 11 17 48
1996–97 Prince George Cougars WHL 72 16 36 52 94 15 4 2 6 24
1997–98 Prince George Cougars WHL 62 21 43 64 65 11 3 6 9 6
1998–99 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 80 12 21 33 48 3 2 0 2 0
1999–00 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 70 4 22 26 28
2000–01 Ottawa Senators NHL 4 1 0 1 0
2000–01 Grand Rapids Griffins IHL 77 4 17 21 58 10 1 0 1 4
2001–02 Ottawa Senators NHL 11 0 0 0 12
2001–02 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 65 8 21 29 94 5 1 2 3 12
2002–03 Binghamton Senators AHL 1 0 0 0 2
2002–03 Ottawa Senators NHL 20 0 2 2 6
2002–03 Washington Capitals NHL 34 0 3 3 12 6 0 0 0 2
2003–04 Washington Capitals NHL 80 6 6 12 89
2004–05 San Antonio Rampage AHL 64 13 19 32 76
2004–05 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 17 7 6 13 16 5 0 4 4 23
2005–06 Florida Panthers NHL 73 4 8 12 86
2006–07 Florida Panthers NHL 41 5 5 10 20
2006–07 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2007–08 Chicago Wolves AHL 59 21 29 50 119 24 10 13 23 30
2007–08 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 18 0 5 5 20
2008–09 Severstal Cherepovets KHL 52 13 12 25 64
2009–10 SKA Saint Petersburg KHL 50 7 12 19 147 4 0 0 0 10
2010–11 SC Bern NLA 35 9 9 18 20 10 0 4 4 34
2011–12 SC Bern NLA 42 8 12 20 52 14 2 2 4 16
2012–13 HC Fribourg-Gottéron NLA 46 14 9 23 81 18 1 5 6 18
2013–14 HC Fribourg-Gottéron NLA 49 5 17 22 54 10 2 3 5 8
2014–15 HC Fribourg-Gottéron NLA 42 3 10 13 67
2015–16 Modo Hockey SHL 42 2 3 5 30
NHL totals 282 16 29 45 245 6 0 0 0 2

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2009 Canada WC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 5 0 0 0 2
Senior totals 5 0 0 0 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Joel Kwiatkowski named assistant coach". Kalamazoo Wings. 2016-09-12. Retrieved 2016-09-12. 
  2. ^ "Team Canada 2009 WC roster announced". The Sports Network. 2009-04-13. Retrieved 2009-04-13. 
  3. ^ "Kwiatkowski including in squad". Hockey Canada. 2009-04-13. Retrieved 2009-04-13. 
  4. ^ "Canada defeat Slovakia at World Championships". National Hockey League. 2009-04-28. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 

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