March 22, 1977 |
Kindersley, SK, CAN
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||203 lb (92 kg; 14 st 7 lb)|
|Played for||Ottawa Senators
SKA St. Petersburg
|NHL Draft||194th overall, 1996
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.
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.
|IIHF World Championship|
Kwiatkowski was a member of Team Canada at the 2009 IIHF World Championship in Switzerland. Named to the alternate roster on April 13, 2009, Team Canada GM Doug Armstrong activated the journeyman defenceman to suit up for the tournament game against Slovakia on April 28, 2009.
Regular season and playoffs
|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||Grand Rapids Griffins||IHL||77||4||17||21||58||10||1||0||1||4|
|2001–02||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||65||8||21||29||94||5||1||2||3||12|
|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|
|2009–10||SKA Saint Petersburg||KHL||50||7||12||19||147||4||0||0||0||10|
- "Joel Kwiatkowski named assistant coach". Kalamazoo Wings. 2016-09-12. Retrieved 2016-09-12.
- "Team Canada 2009 WC roster announced". The Sports Network. 2009-04-13. Retrieved 2009-04-13.
- "Kwiatkowski including in squad". Hockey Canada. 2009-04-13. Retrieved 2009-04-13.
- "Canada defeat Slovakia at World Championships". National Hockey League. 2009-04-28. Retrieved 2009-04-28.