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Tomas Kaberle
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Position Defense
Shoots Left
Nickname(s) Kabbie, Kabs
Height
Weight
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
198 lb (90 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Montreal Canadiens
Toronto Maple Leafs
Boston Bruins
Carolina Hurricanes
Nationality Flag of the Czech Republic Czech
Born March 2 1978 (1978-03-02) (age 38),
Rakovník, CZE
NHL Draft 204th overall, 1996
Toronto Maple Leafs
Pro Career 1994 – present
Kaberle Montreal

Kaberle in 2012

Tomáš Kaberle (born March 2, 1978) is a Czech professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL). A four time NHL All-Star, Kaberle also plays for the Czech national ice hockey team and won a bronze medal with the team at the 2006 Winter Olympics.

His brother František, plays for the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes; their father, František, Sr. played for the Czechoslovakian national ice hockey team in the 1970s.

Playing careerEdit

Kaberle was drafted 204th in the 8th round of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft by Toronto, and saw limited playing time in the 1998–99 NHL season. After being eased into the Leafs lineup, he saw a significant increase in playing time in order to help fill in the gap on the Leafs after an injury to Bryan Berard in the 1999–2000 NHL season. By the 2001–02 campaign, Kaberle had improved enough to be selected to the World team at the 2002 NHL All-Star game. Later that year, he was named to the Czech national ice hockey team for the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Kaberle started the 2001–02 campaign as a restricted free agent without a contract, and ended up playing in the Czech Extraliga for HC Rabat Kladno while a new contract was negotiated. Ultimately, he signed a contract with the Leafs securing his services through 2005–06. On February 11, 2006, Tomáš Kaberle was re-signed to a five-year contract extension worth $21.25 million with a no-trade clause for the first three years of the contract, effective July 1, 2006. This deal locked him in until the end of the 2010–11 NHL season.

On October 28, 2006, he scored his first career hat-trick against the Montreal Canadiens. He also scored in his first shootout attempt that night. Kaberle was named as an Eastern Conference All-Star Game participant for the second time in his career on January 12, 2007.

During a March 2, 2007 game against the New Jersey Devils, Kaberle suffered a concussion, and was carried off the ice on a stretcher, as a result of a late hit to the head by Cam Janssen. After missing eight games, he returned to the Leafs lineup on March 23.

Although Kaberle has scored relatively few goals, he has scored seven times in overtime.

During the 2008 NHL All Star Game Skills Competition, Kaberle became the fourth player, after Ray Bourque, Mark Messier, and Jeremy Roenick, to hit all four targets in four shots in the accuracy challenge. Kaberle again participated in the accuracy challenge during the 2009 NHL All-Star Game in Montreal, although he was unable to defend his title against Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

On February 18, 2011, he was traded to the Boston Bruins for Joe Colborne and the Bruins' first-round draft pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft in order to get him as a rental player, with a conditional second-round pick traded away because the Bruins won the Stanley Cup that year. His poor performance during the SCF prompted the Bruins not to re-sign him, signing with the Carolina Hurricanes instead, for 3 years at $4.25 million per year.

On December 9, 2011, he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens for Jaroslav Špaček.

InternationalEdit

Tomáš was selected to the Czech national team in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, where they were eliminated in the quarterfinals.

Tomáš and František were members of the Czech national ice hockey team at the 2005 World Ice Hockey Championships in Vienna, where they won gold. While František won the World Championships for the fifth time, it was the first victory for Tomáš. In December 2005 they were both named for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, where they won bronze medals with the team. The next year Tomáš accepted his nomination for 2006 World Championships in Riga where the Czech team won silver medals.

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1994–95 Kladno CZEx 4 0 1 1 0
1995–96 Kladno CZEx 23 0 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 0
1996–97 Kladno CZEx 49 0 5 5 26 3 0 0 0 2
1997–98 Kladno CZEx 47 4 19 23 12
1997–98 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 2 0 0 0 0
1998–99 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 57 4 18 22 12 14 0 3 3 2
1999–00 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 7 33 40 24 12 1 4 5 0
2000–01 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 6 39 45 24 11 1 3 4 0
2001–02 Kladno CZEx 9 1 7 8 4
2001–02 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 69 10 29 39 2 20 2 8 10 16
2002–03 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 11 36 47 30 7 2 1 3 0
2003–04 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 71 3 28 31 18 13 0 3 3 6
2004–05 Kladno CZEx 49 8 31 39 38 7 1 0 1 0
2005–06 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 9 58 67 46
2006–07 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 74 11 47 58 20
2007–08 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 8 45 53 22
2008–09 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 57 4 27 31 8
2009–10 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 7 42 49 24
2010–11 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 58 3 35 38 16
2010–11 Boston Bruins NHL 24 1 8 9 6 25 0 11 11 8
NHL totals 902 84 445 529 252 102 6 33 39 32

HonoursEdit

International playEdit

Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Olympic Games
Bronze 2006 Torino Ice hockey
World Championships
Gold 2005 Vienna Ice hockey
Silver 2006 Riga Ice hockey

Kaberle played his first game for the national team in 2001, and has played 62 times for the Czech national team (as of Jan 3 2009)[1]

Played for the Czech Republic in:

International statisticsEdit

Year Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1998 WJC 7 1 1 2 2
2002 Oly 4 0 1 1 2
2004 WCH 4 0 1 1 0
2005 WC 9 1 3 4 4
2006 Oly 8 2 2 4 2
2006 WC 9 1 5 6 31
2008 WC 7 1 9 10 0
Senior int'l totals 41 5 21 26 39


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