Kristián Kudroč

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Kristián Kudroč
Born (1981-05-21) May 21, 1981 (age 35)
Michalovce, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 7 in (201 cm)
Weight 225 lb (102 kg; 16 st 1 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
team
Former teams
Free Agent
Tampa Bay Lightning
Florida Panthers
SaiPa
Ilves
Södertälje SK
Brynäs IF
Frölunda HC
Ässät
Sibir Novosibirsk
Barys Astana
HC Plzeň
HC TWK Innsbruck
Nottingham Panthers
National team  Slovakia
NHL Draft 28th overall, 1999
New York Islanders
Playing career 2000–present

Kristián Kudroč (born May 21, 1981) is a Slovak professional ice hockey defenceman, who is currently an unrestricted free agent who last played for the Nottingham Panthers of the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL).

Playing career[edit]

Kudroč was drafted by the New York Islanders as their first-round pick, 28th overall, in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. He is a large, physical defenceman with an impressive slapshot. He played in North America from 1999 to 2005, and represented SaiPa in the Finnish SM-liiga in the 2005–06 season, where SaiPafanit (the SaiPa fan club) elected Kudroč Player of the Year.

Kudroc suffered a pre-season injury in a Tournament game with Barys Astana prior to the 2014–15 season. Kudroc was ruled out for the duration of the season in order to rehabilitate. As a free agent, Kudroc moved on from Astana and signed a one-year contract with Metallurg Novokuznetsk on June 4, 2015.[1] On August 17, 2015, Kudroc sought a release from his contract with Metallurg due to personal reasons. He returned to Czech Republic, signing a contract after a years hiatus with HC Plzeň of the Extraliga on December 14, 2015.[2]

On July 14, 2016, Kudroc agreed to a one-year contract as a free agent to move to Austria, with EBEL club HC TWK Innsbruck.[3] He featured in 8 games with Innsbruck before on November 6, 2016, he moved to the UK to sign for Nottingham Panthers of the EIHL.[4]However, in December 2016, after playing in another 8 games, Kudroc again ceased his playing contract with Nottingham, departing for personal reasons relating to a serious illness within his family in his native Slovakia.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1999–00 Quebec Remparts QMJHL 57 9 22 31 172 11 2 5 7 29
2000–01 Detroit Vipers IHL 44 4 3 7 80
2000–01 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 22 2 2 4 36
2001–02 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2001–02 Springfield Falcons AHL 55 0 8 8 126
2001–02 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 10 0 3 3 14 5 1 1 2 21
2002–03 Springfield Falcons AHL 35 0 4 4 58
2003–04 San Antonio Rampage AHL 47 1 4 5 120
2003–04 Florida Panthers NHL 2 0 0 0 2
2004–05 Quebec Radio X LNAH 11 0 2 2 65
2004–05 Hammarby IF Allsv 46 1 10 11 36
2005–06 SaiPa SM-l 48 10 12 22 227 7 1 1 2 29
2006–07 Ilves SM-l 37 7 7 14 174 6 1 1 2 4
2007–08 Södertälje SK SEL 51 2 7 9 156
2008–09 Södertälje SK SEL 52 4 8 12 103
2009–10 Brynäs IF SEL 10 0 0 0 16
2009–10 Frölunda HC SEL 28 1 5 6 92
2009–10 Ässät SM-l 13 0 7 7 20
2010–11 Ässät SM-l 52 3 9 12 130 3 1 0 1 8
2011–12 Ässät SM-l 60 9 18 27 58 4 0 1 1 12
2012–13 HC Sibir Novosibirsk KHL 49 9 11 20 55 7 3 1 4 10
2013–14 HC Sibir Novosibirsk KHL 40 5 5 10 92
2013–14 Barys Astana KHL 8 0 4 4 6 9 1 2 3 14
2015–16 HC Plzeň ELH 21 1 3 4 63 7 0 0 0 10
2016–17 HC TWK Innsbruck EBEL 8 1 2 3 16
2016–17 Nottingham Panthers EIHL 8 0 3 3 10
NHL totals 26 2 2 4 38
Medal record
Representing  Slovakia
Ice hockey
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2012 Helsinki

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1999 Slovakia WJC18 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 7 0 1 1 11
2000 Slovakia WJC 9th 7 0 0 0 8
2012 Slovakia WC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1 0 0 0 0
Junior totals 14 0 1 1 19
Senior totals 1 0 0 0 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Metallurg signs Kristian Kudroc" (in Russian). Metallurg Novokuznetsk. 2015-06-04. Retrieved 2015-06-04. 
  2. ^ "HC Plzen 2015-16 Czech Extraliga season". hockeydb.com. 2015-11-02. Retrieved 2015-11-02. 
  3. ^ "A giant for Sharks defense" (in German). HC TWK Innsbruck. 2016-07-14. Retrieved 2016-07-14. 
  4. ^ "Panthers sign Kritian Kudrov". Elite Ice Hockey League. 2016-11-06. Retrieved 2016-11-06. 
  5. ^ "Defenesman Kudroc leaves Panthers". Elite Ice Hockey League. 2016-12-06. Retrieved 2016-12-06. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Branislav Mezei
New York Islanders first round draft pick
1999
Succeeded by
Rick DiPietro