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Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
Height
Weight
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
190 lb (86 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Phoenix Coyotes
Colorado Avalanche
Carolina Hurricanes
Chicago Blackhawks
Tampa Bay Lightning
Nationality Flag of the Czech Republic Czech
Born June 13 1981 (1981-06-13) (age 28),
Mladá Boleslav, CS
NHL Draft 212th overall, 1999
Colorado Avalanche
Pro Career 2001 – present


Radim Vrbata (born June 13, 1981 in Mladá Boleslav, Czechoslovakia) is a professional ice hockey player currently with the Phoenix Coyotes of the NHL.

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Playing career

Vrbata was drafted in the 8th round, 212th overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. He won the 2001 World Junior Championship and the 2005 World Championships with the Czech Republic.

In March, 2003 Vrbata was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Bates Battaglia. He was acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes by the Chicago Blackhawks on December 30, 2005 for future considerations. After two subpar seasons in Chicago, he was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes on August 11, 2007 for Kevyn Adams. During his 1st year in Phoenix, he set career highs in goals, and assists, and lead the team in scoring.

On July 1, 2008, Vrbata, as a free agent, signed a three-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning. After starting the 2008-09 season out of form and citing confidence issues, and the fact that his wife was having difficulty during pregnancy, Vrbata asked, and was granted permission to return home to the Czech Republic on December 8, 2008. On January 2, 2009 he joined hometown team, BK Mladá Boleslav. Vrbata's stint with Boleslav was cut short when he was sent on loan to HC Bílí Tygři Liberec on January 29, 2009.

After finishing the season in the Czech Republic, Vrbata advised the Lightning he intended to return to the NHL for the second year of his contract in the 2009-10 season. Having filled Vrbata's roster spot the Lightning had no interests in retaining Vrbata and his agent, Rich Evans, was given permission to work out a trade. On July 21, 2009, Vrbata was traded by the Lightning back to the Coyotes in exchange for David Hale and Todd Fedoruk for a second stint with the team.

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 54 22 38 60 16 23 6 13 19 6
1999–00 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 59 29 45 74 26 15 3 9 12 8
1999–00 Shawinigan Cataractes QMJHL 55 56 64 120 67 10 4 7 11 4
2000–01 Hershey Bears AHL 20 8 14 22 8
2001–02 Colorado Avalanche NHL 52 18 12 30 14 9 0 0 0 0
2002–03 Colorado Avalanche NHL 66 11 19 30 16
2002–03 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 10 5 0 5 2
2003–04 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 80 12 13 25 24
2004–05 HC Bílí Tygři Liberec CZE 45 18 21 39 91 13 3 2 5 0
2004–05 BK Mladá Boleslav Cze2 2 0 1 1 6
2005–06 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 16 2 3 5 6
2005–06 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 45 13 21 34 22
2006–07 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 77 14 27 41 26
2007–08 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 76 27 29 56 14
2008–09 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 18 3 3 6 8
2008–09 BK Mladá Boleslav CZE 11 5 3 8 18
2008–09 HC Bílí Tygři Liberec CZE 7 7 2 9 2 3 0 1 1 2
NHL Totals 440 105 127 232 126 9 0 0 0 0

International play

Medal record
Competitor for  Czech Republic
World Championships
Gold 2005 Vienna Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold 2001 Moscow Ice hockey

Played for the Czech Republic in:

International statistics

Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
2001 Czech Republic WJC 7 1 2 3 4
2003 Czech Republic WC 9 3 3 6 2
2005 Czech Republic WC 3 0 1 1 0
2008 Czech Republic WC 7 5 2 7 4
Junior int'l totals 7 1 2 3 4
Senior int'l totals 19 8 6 14 6

External links

  • Radim Vrbata's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
  • Radim Vrbata - player profile and career stats at European Hockey.Net
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