Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mariusz Czerkawski
Mariusz Czerkawski grew up in Poland and played the 1990-91 season with GKS Tychy in Poland at the age of 18. He represented Poland at the 1990 World Junior Championships and played for his national team at the Olympic Winter Games in Albertville, France in 1992. In 1991-92, he realized he needed to face stronger competition and moved to Sweden where he played for Djugardens of the Elitserien. The following year, he played for SC Hammarby and led the Swedish first division with 39 goals and 69 points. In 1993-94, he rejoined Djugarden at the Elitserien level and scored 13 goals and 34 points.

Czerkawski was drafted 106th overall in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins. He made his NHL debut in 1994 against the Tampa Bay Lightning and scored his first NHL goal four nights later against the Ottawa Senators. After scoring three points in four regular-season games, Czerkawski tallied six more points in 13 playoff games for the Bruins as the team reached the second round.

In the shortened 1994-95 season, Czerkawski finished sixth amongst rookie scorers with 26 points in 47 games. In 1995-96, he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers with Sean Brown and a first-round draft pick for goaltender Bill Ranford. The new surroundings clearly suited Czerkawski who had 29 points in 37 games with his new club, finishing the year with 26 goals and 47 points.

On August 25, 1997, Czerkawski was traded to the New York Islanders and made an immediate impact on the team, scoring 25 points and leading the club with a +11 rating. In 1998-99, he finished second on the team with 21 goals and made his first All-Star game appearance in 1999-00 while leading the Islanders with 35 goals and 35 assists for 70 points and 276 shots on goal.

Czerkawski went on to play two more seasons with the Islanders before being dealt to the Montreal Canadiens prior to the 2002-03 season and went on to split his season with the parent club and their AHL affiliate in Hamilton. After only one season with the Canadiens, Czerkawski made a return to Long Island in the summer of 2003, when the Islanders re-acquired his services.

Following a lock out year in 2004-05, Czerkawski was acquired by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the summer of 2005 and went on to see limited action with the club for the better part of the season before being claimed off waivers by the Boston Bruins just prior to the NHL trading deadline.

On July 21, 2006 Czerkawski was signed by Rapperswil of the Swiss League as a free agent.

Aside from his World Junior and Olympic appearances, Czerkawski is a three-time member of Poland's World Championship team (1992, 2000 and 2002).


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1988-89 GKS Tychy Jr. Poland-Jr.
1988-89 Poland EJC-B 5 5 6 11 6
1989-90 GKS Tychy Jr. Poland-Jr. 30 35 11 46
1989-90 Poland WJC-A 7 1 0 1 4
1989-90 Poland EJC-A 6 9 3 12 14
1990-91 GKS Tychy Poland 24 25 15 40
1990-91 Poland WJC-B 7 12 3 15 2
1990-91 Poland WEC-B 7 6 2 8 4
1991-92 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Sweden 39 8 5 13 4 3 0 0 0 2
1991-92 Poland Olympics 5 0 1 1 4
1991-92 Poland WC-A 6 0 0 0 4
1992-93 Hammarby IF Stockholm Sweden-2 32 39 30 69 74 13 16 7 23 34
1993-94 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Sweden 39 13 21 34 20 6 3 1 4 2
1993-94 Boston Bruins NHL 4 2 1 3 0 -2 13 3 3 6 4
1994-95 Kiekko-Espoo Finland 7 9 3 12 10
1994-95 Boston Bruins NHL 47 12 14 26 31 +4 5 1 0 1 0
1995-96 Boston Bruins NHL 33 5 6 11 10 -11
1995-96 Edmonton Oilers NHL 37 12 17 29 8 +7
1996-97 Edmonton Oilers NHL 76 26 21 47 16 0 12 2 1 3 10
1997-98 New York Islanders NHL 68 12 13 25 23 +11
1997-98 Poland WC-B 3 2 1 3 0
1998-99 New York Islanders NHL 78 21 17 38 14 -10
1999-00 New York Islanders NHL 79 35 35 70 34 -16
1999-00 Poland WC-B 7 4 7 11 2 +2
2000-01 New York Islanders NHL 82 30 32 62 48 -24
2001-02 New York Islanders NHL 82 22 29 51 48 -8 7 2 2 4 4
2001-02 Poland WC-A 3 2 2 4 4 +4
2002-03 Montreal Canadiens NHL 43 5 9 14 16 -7
2002-03 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 20 8 12 20 12 0 6 1 3 4 6
2003-04 New York Islanders NHL 81 25 24 49 16 +8 5 0 1 1 0
2004-05 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Sweden 46 15 9 24 20 5 1 0 1 2
2004-05 Poland Oly-PQ 3 4 3 7 0 +2
2004-05 Poland Oly-Q 3 2 1 3 4 0
2005-06 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 19 4 1 5 6 -2
2005-06 Boston Bruins NHL 16 4 1 5 4 -4
2005-06 Poland WC-B 5 3 4 7 2 +3
2006-07 SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers Swiss 43 21 20 41 70 7 6 6 12 16
2007-08 Rapperswil-Jona Lakers Swiss 49 22 31 53 30 5 1 0 1 4
NHL Totals 745 215 220 435 274 42 8 7 15 18


WJC-B - Best Player (1990) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2000) Traded to Edmonton by Boston with Sean Brown and Boston's 1st round pick (Matthieu Descoteaux) in 1996 NHL Draft for Bill Ranford, January 11, 1996. Traded to NY Islanders by Edmonton for Dan LaCouture, August 25, 1997. Traded to Montreal by NY Islanders for Arron Asham and Montreal's 5th round pick (Marcus Paulsson) in 2002 NHL Draft, June 22, 2002. Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, July 17, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Djurgarden (Sweden), September 9, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Toronto, September 10, 2005. Claimed on waivers by Boston from Toronto, March 8, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Rapperswil (Swiss), July 21, 2006.
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