Prospal with the Lightning in 2009
February 17, 1975|
České Budějovice, Czechoslovakia
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)|
Tampa Bay Lightning
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
New York Rangers
Columbus Blue Jackets
HC České Budějovice
|National team||Czech Republic|
71st overall, 1993|
Václav "Vinny" Prospal (born February 17, 1975) is a Czech former professional ice hockey player. He played 16 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Philadelphia Flyers, Ottawa Senators, Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, New York Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets. On January 24, 2014, he announced his retirement from professional hockey.
Prospal was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, third round, 71st overall. While with the Flyers, Prospal suffered a fractured arm during the 1997 playoffs. Prospal and another player collided during the Flyers' practice session. During the 1997–98 season, Prospal, who was named to the 1998 Czech Olympic hockey team, broke his leg while fighting for the puck with Lance Pitlick during a game with the Ottawa Senators; Prospal was unable to play in the 1998 Winter Olympics. Prospal was traded to the Senators a few months later. During the 2004–05 lockout, Prospal played for his hometown team HC České Budějovice, leading them in scoring and helping the team return to the Czech Extraliga.
At the beginning of the 2007–08 season, while with the Lightning, Prospal posted 12 goals and 10 assists making it his best career start. On February 25, 2008, Prospal was dealt back to the Flyers for defenseman Alexandre Picard and a 2009 second-round draft pick.
On June 18, 2008, the Lightning acquired the rights to Prospal in exchange for the Nashville Predators' seventh-round pick (previously acquired), 196th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. The Lightning signed Prospal to a four-year contract on June 30, in a deal worth $14 million overall to the player.
On July 28, 2009, Prospal was bought out from the remaining three years of his contract with the Lightning and became a free agent. On August 16, 2009, Prospal signed a one-year, $1.1 million contract with the New York Rangers. He was named an alternate captain of the Rangers on November 3, 2009. On July 1, 2010, Prospal was re-signed by the Rangers to another one-year deal worth $2.1 million. After he was not re-signed in 2011, he agreed to a 1-year $1.75 million deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets in the summer of 2011, followed by one-year, $2.5 million contract for the 2012–13 season, after which Prospal announced his retirement from professional hockey.
Prospal worked as a scout for the New York Rangers until the end of the 2013–14 season. He currently lives with his wife and four children in Tampa, Florida. He also served as an assistant coach for the Czech national team in the World Cup of Hockey in September 2016.
Regular season and playoffs
|1991–92||TJ Motor České Budějovice||TCH U18||36||16||16||32||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|1992–93||HC České Budějovice||TCH U18||32||26||31||57||24||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001–02||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||81||18||37||55||38||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||80||22||57||79||53||11||4||2||6||8|
|2003–04||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||82||19||35||54||54||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||HC České Budějovice||CZE II||39||28||60||88||82||16||15||15||30||32|
|2005–06||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||81||25||55||80||50||5||0||2||2||0|
|2006–07||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||82||14||41||55||36||6||1||4||5||4|
|2007–08||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||62||29||28||57||31||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||82||19||26||45||52||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||New York Rangers||NHL||75||20||38||58||32||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||New York Rangers||NHL||29||9||14||23||8||5||1||0||1||0|
|2011–12||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||82||16||39||55||36||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||48||12||18||30||32||—||—||—||—||—|
|Men's ice hockey|
|2006 Torino||Ice hockey|
|2005 Vienna||Ice hockey|
|2000 Saint Petersburg||Ice hockey|
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