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Jaroslav Špaček
Jaroslav Spacek
Position Defence
Shoots Left
Nickname(s) Spacegoat, Pigface
Height
Weight
5 ft 11 in (1.8 m)
206 lb (94 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Carolina Hurricanes
Florida Panthers
Chicago Blackhawks
Columbus Blue Jackets
Edmonton Oilers
Buffalo Sabres
Montreal Canadiens
Nationality Flag of the Czech Republic Czech
Born February 11 1974 (1974-02-11) (age 42),
Rokycany, TCH
NHL Draft 117th overall, 1998
Florida Panthers
Pro Career 1992 – present

Jaroslav "Spacho" Špaček (born February 11, 1974, in Rokycany, Czechoslovakia), is a Czech professional ice hockey defenceman who currently plays for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing careerEdit

Špaček was drafted in the 5th round, 117th overall by the Florida Panthers in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

On January 26, 2006, the Chicago Blackhawks traded Špaček to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Tony Salmelainen. In 2005-06, Špaček was part of the Edmonton Oilers team that made a run to the Stanley Cup Finals. However, the Oilers lost in game 7 of the finals to the Carolina Hurricanes. Špaček had three goals and 11 assists in the 2006 Playoffs.

On July 5, 2006, Špaček signed a three-year contract with the Buffalo Sabres. In the 2006-07 season, Špaček helped the Sabres reach the Eastern Conference Finals. Špaček was named an alternate captain for the month of December 2007 and captain for the month of January under the Sabres 2007–08 rotating captain and alternate captains system. In the 2008-09 season, Špaček tied a career-high with 45 points in 80 games for the Sabres.

On July 1, 2009, Špaček signed a three-year contract worth $11.5 million with the Montreal Canadiens.

On December 9, 2011, Montreal traded Špaček in exchange for Tomas Kaberle.

Career statisticsEdit

Olympic medal record
Men's ice hockey
Gold 1998 Nagano Ice hockey
Bronze 2006 Torino Ice hockey
Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1992–93 HC Plzen CZE 16 1 3 4 0
1993–94 HC Plzen CZE 34 2 10 12 0 4 0 2 2 0
1994–95 HC Plzen CZE 41 5 8 13 16
1995–96 HC Plzen CZE 40 3 10 13 42 3 0 1 1 4
1996–97 HC Plzen CZE 52 9 29 38 44
1997–98 Färjestads BK SEL 45 10 16 26 63 12 2 5 7 14
1998–99 Florida Panthers NHL 63 3 12 15 28
1998–99 Beast of New Haven AHL 14 4 8 12 15
1999–00 Florida Panthers NHL 82 10 26 36 53 4 0 0 0 0
2000–01 Florida Panthers NHL 12 2 1 3 8
2000–01 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 50 5 18 23 20
2001–02 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 60 3 10 13 29
2001–02 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 14 2 3 5 24
2002–03 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 81 9 36 45 70
2003–04 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 58 5 17 22 45
2004–05 HC Plzen CZE 30 3 8 11 26
2004–05 HC Slavia Praha CZE 17 4 9 13 29 7 0 2 2 8
2005–06 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 45 7 17 24 72
2005–06 Edmonton Oilers NHL 31 5 14 19 24 24 3 11 14 24
2006–07 Buffalo Sabres NHL 65 5 16 21 62 16 0 0 0 10
2007–08 Buffalo Sabres NHL 60 9 23 32 42
2008–09 Buffalo Sabres NHL 80 8 37 45 38
NHL totals 701 73 230 303 515 44 3 11 14 34

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Brian Campbell
Buffalo Sabres captains
January 2008
Succeeded by
Jochen Hecht

Spacek played the 2009-2010 season with the Montreal Canadiens.

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