Petr Vrána

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Petr Vrána
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Born (1985-03-29) March 29, 1985 (age 32)
Šternberk, TCH
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 184 lb (83 kg; 13 st 2 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
ELH team
Former teams
HC Sparta Praha
HC Havířov
New Jersey Devils
Vitkovice HC
Amur Khabarovsk
HC Lev Praha
Atlant Moscow Oblast
Ak Bars Kazan
Brynäs IF
NHL Draft 42nd overall, 2003
New Jersey Devils
Playing career 2005–present

Petr Vrána (born March 29, 1985 in Šternberk, Czechoslovakia) is a Czech professional ice hockey centre. Petr currently plays for HC Sparta Praha.

Career[edit]

Vrána is a native of Sternberk and logged his first minutes in the Czech elite league with HC Havirov during the 2001-02 season and moved to Canada for the following year, joining the Halifax Mooseheads in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He was drafted in the second round, 42nd overall, by the New Jersey Devils in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft and signed with the Devils in May 2004. He remained with the Mooseheads until the end of the 2004-05 campaign and then gained three years of AHL experience with the Albany River Rats and the Lowell Devils.[1] He made his NHL debut with the New Jersey Devils on October 18, 2008 against the Washington Capitals, becoming the 13th player in Devils' history to chip in with a goal in his first NHL contest: He scored against Brent Johnson with assists by Patrik Eliáš and Johnny Oduya.[2]

Vrána returned to the Czech Republic in 2009, signing with HC Vitkovice where he would play until 2011, when he agreed to terms with Amur Khabarovsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). After spending the 2011-12 season with Amur, he moved to fellow KHL side HC Lev Praha in 2012. On July 2, 2014, Vrána left HC Lev, after it declared bankruptcy and folded, as a free agent to sign with fellow KHL club, Atlant Moscow Oblast.[3] Later during the 2014-15 season, he transferred to another KHL team, Ak Bars Kazan.

Vrána signed with Brynäs IF of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) for the 2015-16 campaign and left Sweden after the season to join HC Sparta Praha of the Czech Extraliga for 2016-17.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TheAHL.com | The American Hockey League". theahl.com. Retrieved 2016-05-04. 
  2. ^ "Vrana scores first NHL goal in New Jersey Devils' shootout victory". NJ.com. Retrieved 2016-05-04. 
  3. ^ "Nemen, Vrana and Engren move to Atlant". HC Lev Praha. 2014-07-02. Retrieved 2014-07-02. 

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Preceded by
Benoît Mondou
Winner of the Michel Bergeron Trophy
2003
Succeeded by
Sidney Crosby
Preceded by
Benoît Mondou
Winner of the RDS Cup
2003
Succeeded by
Sidney Crosby