Michal Birner

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Michal Birner
Michal Birner 2013.JPG
Born (1986-03-02) 2 March 1986 (age 31)
Litoměřice, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 183 lb (83 kg; 13 st 1 lb)
Position Winger
Shoots Left
NLA team
Former teams
HC Fribourg-Gottéron
HC Slavia Praha
Peoria Rivermen
Portland Pirates
Iowa Chops
Pelicans
Turku TPS
HC Lev Praha
KalPa
HC Bílí Tygři Liberec
Traktor Chelyabinsk
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 116th overall, 2004
St. Louis Blues
Playing career 2006–present

Michal Birner (born 2 March 1986) is a Czech ice hockey forward who is currently playing for HC Fribourg-Gottéron in the National League A (NLA).

Playing career[edit]

Birner was drafted 116th overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the St. Louis Blues. Prior to being drafted in the NHL, Birner was a CHL Import Draft- Barrie Colts 1st Round(8th) 2004

On 15 December 2007, the Blues traded Birner, along with Doug Weight and a 7th round draft choice to the Anaheim Ducks for Andy McDonald.[1] Birner was assigned to the Ducks affiliate, the Portland Pirates where he remained for the rest of the 2007–08 season.

Birner started the 2008–09 season with the Iowa Chops before he was assigned to ECHL affiliate the Bakersfield Condors on 20 November 2008. Birner didn't report to the Condors and returned to Europe to play in the Finnish SM-liiga with Pelicans on 27 November 2008.[2] Birner's season was cut short as he suffered a fractured hand after playing in only 6 games.

On 7 July 2009, Birner was signed by TPS for the 2009–10 season.[3]

After two seasons with HC Lev Prague of the Kontinental Hockey League, with the team unable to offer him a new contract due to financial bankruptcy, Birner returned to continue his professional career in Finland, joining his third Liiga club KalPa on a one-year deal on 15 July 2014.[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
2003–04 HC Slavia Praha ELH 1 0 0 0 0
2004–05 Barrie Colts OHL 28 4 10 14 12
2004–05 Saginaw Spirit OHL 31 7 21 28 29
2005–06 Saginaw Spirit OHL 60 31 54 85 91 4 1 3 4 8
2006–07 Peoria Rivermen AHL 66 11 17 28 20
2007–08 Peoria Rivermen AHL 18 2 5 7 4
2007–08 Portland Pirates AHL 40 7 6 13 14 15 2 1 3 6
2008–09 Iowa Chops AHL 2 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Pelicans SM-l 6 0 2 2 14
2009–10 TPS SM-l 58 15 30 45 38 15 4 6 10 22
2010–11 TPS SM-l 48 4 13 17 24
2011–12 TPS SM-l 60 11 14 25 36 2 2 0 2 2
2012–13 TPS SM-l 10 4 3 7 10
2012–13 HC Lev Praha KHL 24 1 3 4 8 2 1 2 3 0
2013–14 HC Lev Praha KHL 40 5 5 10 12 13 1 3 4 8
2014–15 KalPa Liiga 60 15 21 36 32 6 2 1 3 0
2015–16 HC Bílí Tygři Liberec ELH 51 13 26 39 69 13 2 9 11 18
2016–17 Traktor Chelyabinsk KHL 12 0 1 1 6
Liiga totals 242 49 83 132 154 23 8 7 15 24
Medal record
Representing  Czech Republic
Ice hockey
IIHF U18 Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2004 Minsk

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2004 Czech Republic WJC18 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 7 3 2 5 8
2006 Czech Republic WJC 6th 6 0 2 2 4
2016 Czech Republic WC 5th 8 4 3 7 0
2016 Czech Republic WCH 6th 2 0 0 0 0
Junior totals 13 3 4 7 12
Senior totals 10 4 3 7 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cup Champion Ducks send McDonald skating to Blues". USA Today. 2007-12-15. Retrieved 2009-07-23. 
  2. ^ "Michal Birner moves to Pelicans". (in Finnish) SM-liiga. 2008-11-27. Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
  3. ^ "Juraj Mikus and Michal Birner strengthen TPS". (in finnish)turkulainen.com. 2009-07-07. Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
  4. ^ "Michal Birner in KalPa" (in Finnish). KalPa. 2014-07-15. Retrieved 2014-07-15. 

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