Mariusz Czerkawski

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Mariusz Czerkawski
Mariusz Czerkawski.jpg
Born (1972-04-13) 13 April 1972 (age 47)
Radomsko, Poland
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Right wing
Shot Left
Played for GKS Tychy
Djurgårdens IF
Boston Bruins
Kiekko-Espoo
Edmonton Oilers
New York Islanders
Montreal Canadiens
Toronto Maple Leafs
Rapperswil-Jona Lakers
National team  Poland
NHL Draft 106th overall, 1991
Boston Bruins
Playing career 1990–2008

Mariusz Krzysztof Czerkawski (pronounced [ˈmarjuʂ t͡ʂɛrˈkafskʲi]; born 13 April 1972) is a Polish former professional ice hockey player who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Boston Bruins, Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders, Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs. In addition to playing in the NHL, Czerkawski played for several different European-based teams. A consistent scorer, Czerkawski was the first player born and trained in Poland to play in the NHL. Internationally, Czerkawski represented Poland at several international tournaments, including the 1992 Winter Olympics and the 1992 and 2002 World Championships.

Playing career[edit]

After a strong season with the GKS Tychy in 1990–91, the Boston Bruins drafted him in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft in the fifth round, 105th overall, while Czerkawski joined Djurgårdens IF of the Elitserien for the 1991–92 season, his first season numbers were unimpressive, reflecting his rookie status. He posted good results in his second season in Stockholm, with 34 points in 39 games.

Czerkawski made his National Hockey League (NHL) debut in 1993–94 with the Bruins, playing in four games, scoring two goals and an assist, and becoming the first Polish-trained player in the NHL (other players had been born in Poland but raised elsewhere);[1] the next season, he played 47 games with the Bruins, collecting 12 goals and 14 assists in a lockout-shortened season.

In 1996, Czerkawski was traded to the Edmonton Oilers, he played season and a half there before another trade sent him to the New York Islanders, where he would have his most productive years, including two 30-goal plus seasons and being named to the 2000 NHL All-Star Game. However, after being traded to the Montreal Canadiens in 2002, he found himself sent to the their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs, his contract was then bought-out by Montreal, after which he signed a one-year contract with the Islanders in 2003, recording another 25-goal season.[2]

For the 2005–06 season, Czerkawski joined the Toronto Maple Leafs. With Toronto, he had another disappointing season, being benched for the most part of the first half of the campaign. A light resurrection occurred in December when he was paired with Mats Sundin, but overall, he only gathered 5 points in the 19 games he played in. On 8 March 2006, the Boston Bruins claimed him off waivers; however, he only played 16 games with the Bruins, scoring four goals and one assist.

Czerkawski joined the Rapperswil-Jona Lakers of the Swiss National League A (NLA) in 2006, he played two seasons for the club, collecting respectively 41 and 53 points. He retired in 2008.

Personal life[edit]

Czerkawski was married from 1996 to 1998 to Polish-Swedish actress Izabella Scorupco, and they have a daughter.[2] Since 1 September 2007, he has been married to Emilia Raszyńska, with whom he has a son. After retiring from ice hockey, he took up golf.[3]

For his contribution to the development of Polish ice hockey, Czerkawski received the Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (5th Class) in 2004.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1988–89 GKS Tychy POL Jr
1989–90 GKS Tychy POL Jr 30 35 11 46
1990–91 GKS Tychy POL 24 25 15 40
1991–92 Djurgårdens IF SEL 39 8 5 13 4 3 0 0 0 2
1992–93 Hammarby IF SWE II 32 39 30 69 74 13 16 7 23 34
1993–94 Djurgårdens IF SEL 39 13 21 34 20 6 3 1 4 2
1993–94 Boston Bruins NHL 4 2 1 3 0 13 3 3 6 4
1994–95 Kiekko-Espoo SM-l 7 9 3 12 10
1994–95 Boston Bruins NHL 47 12 14 26 31 5 1 0 1 0
1995–96 Boston Bruins NHL 33 5 6 11 10
1995–96 Edmonton Oilers NHL 37 12 17 29 8
1996–97 Edmonton Oilers NHL 76 26 21 47 16 12 2 1 3 10
1997–98 New York Islanders NHL 68 12 13 25 23
1998–99 New York Islanders NHL 78 21 17 38 14
1999–2000 New York Islanders NHL 79 35 35 70 34
2000–01 New York Islanders NHL 82 30 32 62 48
2001–02 New York Islanders NHL 82 22 29 51 48 7 2 2 4 4
2002–03 Montréal Canadiens NHL 43 5 9 14 16
2002–03 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 20 8 12 20 12 6 1 3 4 6
2003–04 New York Islanders NHL 81 25 24 49 16 5 0 1 1 0
2004–05 Djurgårdens IF SEL 46 15 9 24 20 5 1 0 1 2
2005–06 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 19 4 1 5 6
2005–06 Boston Bruins NHL 16 4 1 5 4
2006–07 Rapperswil-Jona Lakers NLA 43 21 20 41 70 7 6 6 12 16
2007–08 Rapperswil-Jona Lakers NLA 49 22 31 53 30 5 1 0 1 4
2008–09 GKS Tychy POL 1 0 0 0 0
SEL totals 124 36 35 71 44 14 4 1 5 6
NHL totals 745 215 220 435 274 42 8 7 15 18
NLA totals 92 43 51 94 100 12 7 6 13 20

International[edit]

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1989 Poland EJC B 5 5 6 11 6
1990 Poland EJC 6 9 3 12 14
1990 Poland WJC 7 1 0 1 4
1991 Poland WJC B 7 12 3 15 2
1991 Poland WC B 7 6 2 8 4
1992 Poland OG 4 0 0 0 4
1992 Poland WC 6 0 0 0 4
1998 Poland WC B 3 2 1 3 0
2000 Poland WC B 7 4 7 11 2
2002 Poland WC 3 2 2 4 4
2005 Poland OGQ 6 6 4 10 4
2006 Poland WC D1 5 3 4 7 2
Junior totals 13 10 3 13 18
Senior totals 41 23 20 43 24

All Star Games[edit]

Year Location G A Pts
2000 Toronto 0 1 1
All-Star Totals 0 1 1

  • All statistics taken from NHL.com[5]

Awards[edit]

International[edit]

Award Year
IIHF U-20 Division I Best Player 1990

References[edit]

  1. ^ Clinton, Jared (31 July 2017). "History Makers: 11 players who became the first NHLers from their respective countries". The Hockey News. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b Woo, Andrea (17 November 2003). "The Polish Prince". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  3. ^ Silverman, David (11 October 2018). "Alumni Corner: Mariusz Czerkawski". NHL.com. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Postanowienie Prezydenta Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej". 56 (933). Monitor Polski (Official Gazette of the Republic of Poland). 21 June 2004: 3019. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  5. ^ NHL.com (2009). "Mariusz Czerkawski's NHL Profile". NHL.com. Retrieved 8 July 2009.

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