Radek Dvořák

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Radek Dvořák
Radek Dvořák 2013.jpg
Dvořák in 2013
Born (1977-03-09) March 9, 1977 (age 42)
Tábor, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Right wing
Shot Right
Played for HC České Budějovice
Florida Panthers
New York Rangers
Edmonton Oilers
St. Louis Blues
Atlanta Thrashers
Dallas Stars
HC Davos
Anaheim Ducks
Carolina Hurricanes
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 10th overall, 1995
Florida Panthers
Playing career 1993–2014

Radek Dvořák (born March 9, 1977) is a Czech retired professional ice hockey right winger. Dvořák was drafted in the first round of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, tenth overall, by the Florida Panthers. A veteran of 1,260 NHL games, Radek has played for the Panthers, New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues, Atlanta Thrashers, Dallas Stars, Anaheim Ducks and the Carolina Hurricanes.

Playing career[edit]

Florida Panthers[edit]

Dvořák began his NHL career as an 18-year-old with the Florida Panthers in the 1995–96 season. In 77 games, Dvořák scored 13 goals and 27 points, as the Panthers reached the playoffs for the first time in club history. Dvořák helped the Panthers to the 1996 Stanley Cup Finals, earning four points in 16 games, he saw his numbers improve in his second season, scoring 18 goals and 39 points in 78 games to finish fourth in team scoring. He missed 18 games during the 1997–98 NHL season, but still scored 12 goals and 24 assists for 36 points. In his fourth season, Dvořák played in every game, scoring 19 goals and 43 points, he scored four shorthanded goals which placed him in a tie for fourth in the NHL. In 1999–2000, Dvořák scored 7 goals and 17 points in 35 games before being traded. On December 30, 1999, the Panthers traded him to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Mike Vernon and the Sharks' third-round pick in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, after which the Sharks traded Dvořák to the New York Rangers for Todd Harvey and the Rangers' fourth-round pick in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

New York Rangers[edit]

Dvořák finished the 1999–2000 season with the Rangers, scoring 11 goals and 33 points in 46 games. In 2000–01, Dvořák was placed on a line with fellow Czechs Petr Nedvěd and Jan Hlavac and he would have a breakout season. In 79 games, Dvořák scored 31 goals and 36 assists for 67 points to finish fourth in team scoring. However, the Rangers would once again miss the playoffs. Dvořák saw his production fall during the 2001–02 season, scoring 17 goals and 37 points in 65 games, his production continued to fall during the 2002–03 season, as Dvořák had six goals and 27 points in 63 games with the Rangers. On March 11, 2003, the Rangers traded Dvořák and Cory Cross to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Anson Carter and Aleš Píša.

Edmonton Oilers[edit]

Dvořák appeared in 12 games with the Oilers in 2002–03, scoring four goals and eight points, as Edmonton qualified for the playoffs. In his first playoff action since 1997, Dvorak scored a highlight reel goal in which he skated from end to end, scoring a game-winning goal, it would be his only point in four playoff games. Dvořák returned to the Oilers in 2003–04, where he scored 15 goals and 50 points in 78 games, however, Edmonton failed to make the playoffs. During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Dvorak played with HC České Budějovice, he returned to the Oilers in 2005–06, where he had only eight goals and 28 points in 64 games. In the playoffs, Dvořák had two assists in 16 games, as the Oilers lost to the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals, he left the Oilers during the off-season, as he signed a one-year contract with the St. Louis Blues on September 14, 2006.

St. Louis Blues[edit]

Dvořák spent the 2006–07 season with the Blues, where in 82 games, he scored 10 goals and recorded 27 assists for 37 points; the Blues failed to qualify for the playoffs, and Dvořák left as a free agent after the season, returning to the Florida Panthers on July 1, 2007.

Florida Panthers[edit]

Dvořák returned to his original NHL team in the 2007–08 season. In 67 games with the Panthers, Dvořák had only 8 goals and 17 points, he saw his numbers rebound in the 2008–09 season, with 15 goals and 36 points in 81 games. On July 1, 2009, Dvořák signed a two-year, $3.4 million contract extension with Florida. In the 2009–10 season, he had 14 goals and 32 points in 76 games. On December 7, 2009, he played in his 1,000th NHL game against his former club, the Edmonton Oilers, at the BankAtlantic Center.[1]

During the 2010–11 season, the Panthers honoured Dvořák for playing more career games as a Panther than anyone in franchise history on November 23 before a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. In 53 games that year, Dvořák had 7 goals and 14 assists for 21 points.

Atlanta Thrashers[edit]

On February 28, 2011, the Panthers traded Dvořák (along with a fifth-round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft) to the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for Patrick Rissmiller and Niclas Bergfors.[2]

Dallas Stars[edit]

On July 1, 2011, Dvořák signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Dallas Stars.[3] On December 1, 2011, Radek Dvořák recorded his 350th career assist.

Anaheim Ducks[edit]

During the 2012–13 NHL lockout, and as a free agent, Dvořák signed a contract with HC Davos of the Swiss National League A, he played in the final seven regular season games with Davos and contributed in their post-season campaign before he signed for the remainder of the shortened 2012–13 NHL season with the Anaheim Ducks on March 24, 2013.[4]

Carolina Hurricanes[edit]

On September 3, 2013, it was announced by Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford that Dvořák would be invited to attend the Carolina Hurricanes' training camp, he subsequently signed a two-way contract with Carolina on October 2, 2013.[5] He scored his first goal for the Hurricanes in the second period of a game against the Philadelphia Flyers.[6]

Retirement[edit]

Dvořák retired from professional hockey on January 27, 2015, after 18 seasons and 1,260 games played in the NHL.[7]

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 HC České Budějovice CZE Jr 20 17 18 35
1993–94 HC České Budějovice ELH 8 0 0 0 0
1994–95 HC České Budějovice ELH 10 3 5 8 2 9 5 1 6 2
1995–96 Florida Panthers NHL 77 13 14 27 20 16 1 3 4 0
1996–97 Florida Panthers NHL 78 18 21 39 30 3 0 0 0 0
1997–98 Florida Panthers NHL 64 12 24 36 33
1998–99 Florida Panthers NHL 82 19 24 43 29
1999–2000 Florida Panthers NHL 35 7 10 17 6
1999–2000 New York Rangers NHL 46 11 22 33 10
2000–01 New York Rangers NHL 82 31 36 67 20
2001–02 New York Rangers NHL 65 17 20 37 14
2002–03 New York Rangers NHL 63 6 21 27 16
2002–03 Edmonton Oilers NHL 12 4 4 8 14 4 1 0 1 0
2003–04 Edmonton Oilers NHL 78 15 35 50 26
2004–05 HC České Budějovice CZE II 32 23 35 58 18 11 3 9 12 12
2005–06 Edmonton Oilers NHL 64 8 20 28 26 16 0 2 2 4
2006–07 St. Louis Blues NHL 82 10 27 37 48
2007–08 Florida Panthers NHL 67 8 9 17 16
2008–09 Florida Panthers NHL 81 15 21 36 42
2009–10 Florida Panthers NHL 76 14 18 32 20
2010–11 Florida Panthers NHL 53 7 14 21 20
2010–11 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 13 0 1 1 4
2011–12 Dallas Stars NHL 73 4 17 21 12
2012–13 HC Davos NLA 7 3 4 7 2 7 1 1 2 2
2012–13 Anaheim Ducks NHL 9 4 0 4 2
2013–14 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 60 4 5 9 41
NHL totals 1260 227 363 590 449 39 2 5 7 4

International[edit]

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1994 Czech Republic EJC 5 2 3 5 6
1995 Czech Republic EJC 5 4 3 7 6
1999 Czech Republic WC 10 4 4 8 6
2001 Czech Republic WC 9 4 4 8 8
2002 Czech Republic OG 4 0 0 0 0
2004 Czech Republic WC 7 0 7 7 16
2004 Czech Republic WCH 4 1 0 1 0
2005 Czech Republic WC 9 1 1 2 4
Junior totals 10 6 6 12 12
Senior totals 43 10 16 26 34

Transactions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dvorak reaches 1,000 NHL games played milestone". Florida Panthers. December 7, 2009. Archived from the original on March 27, 2012. Retrieved January 3, 2010.
  2. ^ "Panthers trade Dvorak to Thrashers for Bergfors, Rissmiller". The Sports Network. February 28, 2011. Archived from the original on March 3, 2011. Retrieved February 28, 2011.
  3. ^ "NHL Free Agent Tracker". The Sports Network. Archived from the original on July 3, 2011. Retrieved July 1, 2011.
  4. ^ "Ducks sign right wing Radek Dvorak". Anaheim Ducks. March 24, 2013. Archived from the original on March 28, 2013. Retrieved March 24, 2013.
  5. ^ "Hurricanes Sign Forward Radek Dvorak". Carolina Hurricanes. March 24, 2013. Archived from the original on October 5, 2013. Retrieved March 24, 2013.
  6. ^ "Hurricanes win, drop Flyers to 0-3". USA Today. October 6, 2013. Retrieved June 21, 2014.
  7. ^ "Dvorak retires after 18 NHL seasons". NBC Sports. January 27, 2015. Retrieved January 27, 2015.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ed Jovanovski
Florida Panthers first round draft pick
1995
Succeeded by
Marcus Nilson