Petr Buzek

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Petr Buzek
Born (1977-04-26) April 26, 1977 (age 42)
Jihlava, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 202 lb (92 kg; 14 st 6 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for HC Dukla Jihlava
Dallas Stars
Atlanta Thrashers
Calgary Flames
HC Sparta Praha
HC Litvínov
HC Slovan Bratislava
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 63rd overall, 1995
Dallas Stars
Playing career 1994–2005

Petr Buzek (born April 26, 1977) is a Czech former ice hockey defenceman. He was drafted in the third round, 63rd overall, by the Dallas Stars in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. After five seasons in the NHL, he returned to the Czech Extraliga in 2003 until his retirement in 2005.

Playing career[edit]

Prior to his selection at the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, Buzek was involved in a serious car collision in 1995 after falling asleep at the wheel and colliding with a tree. He broke both his legs, nose and wrist, shattered his right kneecap, fractured his left cheekbone and cracked his forehead. After numerous operations, he had a metal plate and ten screws inserted into his left leg, a plate and seven screws inserted into right ankle, two screws in his right knee and two screws in his left wrist.[1] The accident dropped his stock considerably as he was projected as a top 10 pick, before he was drafted in the third round by the Dallas Stars.

Buzek played three seasons with the Michigan K-Wings of the International Hockey League, during which he also appeared in four games with the Stars. Buzek joined the Atlanta Thrashers in the 1999 NHL Expansion Draft, and was named to the 2000 All-Star Game as the Thrashers' first-ever representative.

Despite his success in their inaugural season, Buzek appeared in only 14 more games with the Thrashers in the next two seasons before being traded to the Calgary Flames, along with a draft pick, in exchange for Jeff Cowan and Kurtis Foster. Buzek appeared in 76 games in a season and a half with the Flames.

Buzek returned to the Czech Republic for the 2003–04 season, playing for HC Sparta Praha. The next season, he played for HC Jihlava and then moved to HC Litvínov before moving to the Slovak Extraliga to play for HC Slovan Bratislava. On October 18, 2005, Buzek announced his retirement from hockey, citing personal reasons for his decision.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1993–94 ASD Dukla Jihlava ELH 3 0 0 0 2
1994–95 HC Dukla Jihlava ELH 43 2 5 7 47
1996–97 Michigan K-Wings IHL 67 4 6 10 48
1997–98 Michigan K-Wings IHL 60 10 15 25 58 2 0 1 1 17
1997–98 Dallas Stars NHL 2 0 0 0 2
1998–99 Michigan K-Wings IHL 74 5 14 19 68 5 0 0 0 10
1998–99 Dallas Stars NHL 2 0 0 0 2
1999–2000 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 63 5 14 19 41
2000–01 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 5 0 0 0 8
2001–02 Chicago Wolves AHL 4 0 1 1 2
2001–02 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 9 0 0 0 13
2001–02 Calgary Flames NHL 32 1 3 4 14
2002–03 Calgary Flames NHL 44 3 5 8 14
2003–04 HC Sparta Praha ELH 5 0 0 0 10
2004–05 HC Dukla Jihlava ELH 34 0 2 2 38
2004–05 HC Chemopetrol, a.s. ELH 7 0 2 2 6
2005–06 HC Slovan Bratislava SVK 12 0 0 0 28
ELH totals 92 2 9 11 103
IHL totals 201 19 35 54 174 7 0 1 1 27
NHL totals 157 9 22 31 94

International[edit]

Medal record
Representing  Czech Republic
Ice hockey
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2000 Russia
Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1994 Czech Republic EJC18 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 5 0 0 0 4
1995 Czech Republic EJC18 5th 5 2 2 4 10
1995 Czech Republic WJC 6th 7 2 2 4 10
2000 Czech Republic WC 1st, gold medalist(s) 9 1 3 4 24
Junior totals 17 4 4 8 24
Senior totals 9 1 3 4 24

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
NHL
All-Star Game 2000 [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Buzek's NHL career no accident". ESPN. 2000-10-05. Retrieved 2009-07-08.
  2. ^ "Most unusual All-Stars in NHL history". The Sports Network. 2015-01-21. Retrieved 2015-01-22.

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