April 12, 1974 |
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||223 lb (101 kg; 15 st 13 lb)|
|Played for||ZPS Zlín
Tampa Bay Lightning
New York Islanders
New York Rangers
|National team||Czech Republic|
|NHL Draft||1st overall, 1992
Tampa Bay Lightning
Roman Hamrlík (born April 12, 1974) is a Czech former professional ice hockey defenceman who played 20 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL). He was originally selected first overall in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning, going on to begin his career with the team before later playing for the Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders, Calgary Flames, Montreal Canadiens, Washington Capitals and New York Rangers. In total, he has played over 1,300 games during his NHL career and participated in three NHL All-Star Games, in 1996, 1999 and 2003.
Hamrlík has also represented the Czech Republic on numerous occasions at the international level, including at the 1998 Winter Olympics, where he was part of the gold medal-winning Czech team. He also played in the 2002 Winter Olympics, as well as two Ice Hockey World Championships, in 1994 and 1994, and two World Cup of Hockey tournaments, in 1996 and 2004 World Cup of Hockey.
Drafted first overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft from ZPS Zlín, Hamrlík plays as a defenceman who typically takes on an offensive role for his team, especially on the powerplay. His offensive prowess has earned him the role of the "powerplay quarterback," as he often heads the offense in a powerplay.
After his draft, Hamrlík would make the immediate leap to North American to play for the Lightning in the 1992–93 season. In 1995–96, he posted career-highs in goals (16), assists (49) and points (65). After five-and-a-half seasons with the organization, Hamrlík was traded to the Edmonton Oilers midway through the 1997–98 season.
Hamrlík signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Calgary Flames on August 12, 2005, to a two-year, $7 million contract. In 2006–07, he posted a career-high in plus-minus with +22. On July 2, 2007, again as as free agent, Hamrlík signed a four-year, $22 million contract with the Montreal Canadiens.
After four productive seasons with Montreal, Hamrlík signed as a free agent on a two-year, $7 million contract with the Washington Capitals on July 1, 2011. In his second season with Washington during the lockout-shortened 2012–13 season, Hamrlik was limited to just four games as a reserve defenceman before he was ultimately placed on waivers by the team on March 5, 2013. He was claimed by the New York Rangers on March 6, 2013.
Hamrlík announced his retirement from professional hockey on October 21, 2013.
Roman Hamrlík has been referred to by the nickname "The Hammer" since his younger days in the NHL, referring to both a play on his name and the tremendous impact he has when hitting other players into the boards.
Regular season and playoffs
|1992–93||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||67||6||15||21||71||—||—||—||—||—|
|1993–94||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||64||3||18||21||135||—||—||—||—||—|
|1994–95||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||48||12||11||23||86||—||—||—||—||—|
|1995–96||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||82||16||49||65||103||5||0||1||1||4|
|1996–97||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||79||12||28||40||57||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997–98||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||37||3||12||15||22||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000–01||New York Islanders||NHL||76||16||30||46||92||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001–02||New York Islanders||NHL||70||11||26||37||78||7||1||6||7||6|
|2002–03||New York Islanders||NHL||73||9||32||41||87||5||0||2||2||2|
|2003–04||New York Islanders||NHL||81||7||22||29||68||5||0||1||1||2|
|2012–13||New York Rangers||NHL||12||0||0||0||6||2||0||1||1||2|
|Competitor for Czech Republic|
|Competitor for Czechoslovakia|
|European Junior Championships|
|Junior int'l totals||18||4||4||8||18|
|Senior int'l totals||25||1||3||4||10|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Roman Hamrlík.|
- Roman Hamrlík's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Roman Hamrlík's player profile at NHL.com
|NHL first overall draft pick
|Tampa Bay Lightning first round draft pick