Martin Prusek

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Martin Prusek
Born (1975-12-11) December 11, 1975 (age 41)
Ostrava, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 171 lb (78 kg; 12 st 3 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
KHL team
Former teams
Dinamo Riga
Ottawa Senators (NHL)
Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL)
HC Vitkovice (Czech)
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 164th overall, 1999
Ottawa Senators
Playing career 1994–2011

Martin Prusek (born December 11, 1975) is a Czech a former professional ice hockey goaltender and currently ice-hockey goaltender coach. Prusek has played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Ottawa Senators and Columbus Blue Jackets. Prusek currently is a coach in Czech Extraliga's HC Vítkovice Steel.

Playing career[edit]

Martin Prusek started his professional ice hockey career in 1994 when he joined HC Vitkovice of the Czech Extraliga. After playing there for five seasons, Prusek was drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the sixth round of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft with the 164th overall pick. He made his North American debut with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League during the 2001–02 season. He also made his National Hockey League debut that same season, appearing in one game with the Senators.

Prusek appeared in 47 games with the Senators over the following two seasons. During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, he returned to the Czech Republic to play for Vitkovice and HC JME Znojemští Orli. He came back to North America for the 2005–06 season, joining the Columbus Blue Jackets. After spending most of the 2005–06 season with the Blue Jackets AHL affiliate Syracuse Crunch, Prusek left North America and joined SKA Saint Petersburg in the Russian Super League. During 2007–08, he rejoined HC Vitkovice in the Czech Extraliga. In 2008-09 Prusek played in Kontinental Hockey League and after a brief contract with HC Spartak Moscow, he joined Dinamo Riga for 2 seasons. After the 2009-10 season, Prusek once again rejoined HC Vítkovice Steel. Although he was suffered with carditis and played just in 2 Extraliga games during all the 2010-11 season, he reached a silver medal.

In summer 2011, he stepped into HC Vítkovice Steel pre-season players' camp, but on July 26 he announced his retirement decision and also he accepted the club's offer for the position of goaltender coach.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1995–96 HC Vítkovice CZE 40 2336 113 1 2.90 .911 4 250 10 1 2.40 .935
1996–97 HC Vítkovice CZE 49 2841 109 8 2.30 .921 9 546 19 1 2.09 .935
1997–98 HC Vítkovice CZE 50 2901 129 0 2.67 .948 9 529 26 1 2.95 .910
1998–99 HC Vítkovice CZE 37 1905 85 0 2.68 .917 4 250 12 0 2.88 .923
1999–00 HC Vítkovice CZE 50 2647 132 0 2.99 .911
2000–01 HC Vítkovice CZE 30 1679 64 0 2.29 .924 9 460 25 0 3.26 .919
2001–02 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 33 18 8 5 1903 58 4 1.83 .930 5 2 3 278 10 0 2.16 .896
2001–02 Ottawa Senators NHL 1 0 1 0 62 3 0 2.90 .800
2002–03 Ottawa Senators NHL 18 12 2 1 935 37 0 2.37 .911
2002–03 Binghamton Senators AHL 4 1 2 1 243 7 1 1.73 .925
2003–04 Ottawa Senators NHL 29 16 6 3 1528 54 3 2.12 .917 1 0 0 40 1 0 1.50 .933
2004–05 HC Vítkovice CZE 14 672 28 0 2.50 .931
2004–05 HC Znojemsti Orli Znojmo CZE 8 453 18 0 2.38 .932
2005–06 Syracuse Crunch AHL 23 12 7 1 1203 60 2 2.99 .911
2005-06 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 9 3 3 0 373 20 0 3.22 .879
2006–07 SKA St. Petersburg RSL 22 1161 52 3 2.69
2007–08 HC Vítkovice CZE 43 17 26 0 2366 106 3 2.69 .932
2008–09 Spartak Moscow KHL 22 8 9 4 1280 64 2 3.00 .879
2008–09 Dynamo Riga KHL 20 10 6 2 1164 33 6 1.70 .941 3 0 3 167 13 0 4.67 .859
2009–10 Dynamo Riga KHL 28 7 15 2 1477 77 0 3.13 .903 4 1 3 210 9 0 2.57 .921
2010–11 HC Vítkovice CZE 2 106 4 0 2.26 .923
NHL totals 57 31 12 4 2898 114 3 2.36 .909 1 0 0 40 1 0 1.50 .933

Awards[edit]

International achievements[edit]

Martin Prusek's first international team game was the game against Russia on December 17, 1995 in Moscow.

Year Total
Ice Hockey World Championships WC 1997 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
WC 1998 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
WC 1999 1st, gold medalist(s)
WC 2009 6th place
4x

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Tom Askey and Mika Noronen
Winner of the Hap Holmes Memorial Award
(with Mathieu Chouinard and Simon Lajeunesse)

2001–2002
Succeeded by
Marc Lamothe and Joey MacDonald