Kostka as a Ranger in October 2014.
November 28, 1985 |
Ajax, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)|
Toronto Maple Leafs
Tampa Bay Lightning
New York Rangers
Michael Christopher Kostka (born November 28, 1985) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman. He is currently playing with the Ottawa Senators organization of the National Hockey League (NHL).
After playing four seasons at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, he was signed to a professional contract by the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League on March 25, 2008. He was assigned to the organization's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate (at the time), the Rochester Americans. In his second professional season he moved with the Sabres to their new AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates.
Kostka returned to the Rochester Americans, now the Florida Panther affiliate for the 2010–11 season on August 24, 2010. On June 30, 2011, Kostka signed a two-way contract with the Florida Panthers and was assigned again to the Americans. On December 2, 2011, Kostka was traded by the Panthers, along with Evan Oberg, to the Tampa Bay Lightning for James Wright and Mike Vernace. Kostka joined the Lightning's AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals and was a part of their Calder Cup championship.
On July 1, 2012, Kostka was signed as a free agent to a one-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Kostka got his first NHL point in his debut NHL game against the Montreal Canadiens on January 19, 2013. Kostka split the season with the Maple Leafs and their AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies.
On July 19, 2013, Kostka signed as a free agent to a one-year, two way contract with the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Chicago Blackhawks. He then scored his first NHL goal against the Leafs on October 19, 2013, against Jonathan Bernier. After only nine games with the Blackhawks and approaching the last quarter of the season, on February 23, 2014, Kostka was claimed off waivers by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Kostka finished the season with the Lightning.
On July 1, 2015, Kostka signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Ottawa Senators. Kostka was assigned to the Senators' AHL affiliate Binghamton Senators. Kostka made his Ottawa debut on March 6, 2016.
|2004–05||U. of Massachusetts-Amherst||HE||32||1||5||6||14||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||U. of Massachusetts-Amherst||HE||36||2||6||8||20||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||U. of Massachusetts-Amherst||HE||39||3||15||18||20||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||U. of Massachusetts-Amherst||HE||36||9||12||21||20||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||18||2||4||6||14||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||35||0||8||8||27||1||0||0||0||0|
|2013–14||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||19||2||6||8||0||3||0||2||2||0|
|2014–15||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||63||5||25||30||35||15||1||4||5||6|
|2014–15||New York Rangers||NHL||7||0||1||1||0||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honors
|All-Hockey East Second Team||2007–08|
- "Panthers sign Foster, Kostka to American League deals". Florida Panthers. 2010-08-24. Retrieved 2011-03-13.
- "Panthers sign Mike Kostka to two-way deal". Sun-Sentinel. 2011-06-30. Retrieved 2011-06-30.
- "Lightning trade Wright, Vernace to Panther for Kostka, Oberg". The Sports Network. 2011-12-02. Retrieved 2011-12-02.
- "Leafs sign McClement & Kostka". Toronto Maple Leafs. 2012-07-01. Retrieved 2012-07-01.
- Blackhawks agree with LeBlanc, Peckham, Kostka, National Hockey League, 2013-07-18, retrieved 2013-07-19
- "Lightning claim defenseman Mike Kostka off waivers". Tampa Bay Lightning. 2014-02-23. Retrieved 2014-02-23.
- "Rangers agree to terms with Mike Kostka". New York Rangers. 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2014-07-01.
- "Senators agree to terms with Michael Kostka on one-year deal". Ottawa Senators. 2015-07-01. Retrieved 2015-07-01.