Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Petr Klima
Petr Klima was a multi-talented but enigmatic forward who could play both wings. He was a fast skater with a quick release and superior puck handling skills whose inconsistent play cost him superstardom. One of the most exciting forwards in the league when his head was in the game, Klima played 786 contests for five different teams

Klima played two years with CHZ Litvinov of the country's first division. He scored 36 points in 44 games in 1982-83 then moved up to Dukla Jihlava where he starred for two years. Klima was chosen 88th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1983 Entry Draft. The gifted forward played for Czechoslovakia at the World Junior Championships winning silver in 1983 and bronze in 1984. He also scored three points in five games for his country at the 1984 Canada Cup. He scored 45 points in 35 games for his club team in 1984-85 before escaping to the West.

Klima scored 32 goals as a rookie in 1985-86 and consistently produced at this pace in his first four years although he was capable of doing better. The high point of his Detroit tenure was scoring ten goals while helping the club reach the semifinals in 1988. This output broke the old mark set by Gordie Howe in 1955 and equaled by "number 9" in 1964.

Klima was traded to the Edmonton Oilers with Joe Murphy and Adam Graves in the deal that brought sniper Jimmy Carson home to Detroit. Klima scored 25 goals in 63 games then five goals in playoffs while helping Edmonton win the Stanley Cup. His biggest moment came on the first night of the championship series in Boston when he scored at 55:13 of overtime in the longest game game in the history of the finals.

The talented sniper scored a personal-best 40 goals in 70 games in 1990-91. Overall he produced 118 goals in just under four seasons in Alberta. Klima was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1993 and scored 28 goals his first year but his production slipped over next two seasons. He played 33 games in 1996-97 with L.A., Pittsburgh, and Edmonton but only scored two goals. In 1997-98 Klima played with Krefeld Pinguine in Germany then signed as a free agent with Detroit in January 1999. He scored one goal in 13 games in his NHL swan song.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1981-82 CHZ Litvinov Czech 18 7 3 10 8
1981-82 Czechoslovakia EJC-A 5 7 2 9 12
1982-83 CHZ Litvinov Czech 44 19 17 36 74
1982-83 Czechoslovakia WJC-A 7 4 4 8 6
1983-84 Dukla Jihlava Czech 41 20 16 36 46
1983-84 Czechoslovakia WJC-A 7 6 4 10 22
1984-85 Czechoslovakia Can-Cup 5 2 1 3 4
1984-85 Dukla Jihlava Czech 35 23 22 45 76
1985-86 Detroit Red Wings NHL 74 32 24 56 16 -39
1986-87 Detroit Red Wings NHL 77 30 23 53 42 -9 13 1 2 3 4
1987-88 Detroit Red Wings NHL 78 37 25 62 46 +4 12 10 8 18 10
1988-89 Detroit Red Wings NHL 51 25 16 41 44 +5 6 2 4 6 19
1988-89 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 5 5 1 6 4
1989-90 Detroit Red Wings NHL 13 5 5 10 6 -8
1989-90 Edmonton Oilers NHL 63 25 28 53 66 -1 21 5 0 5 8
1990-91 Edmonton Oilers NHL 70 40 28 68 113 +24 18 7 6 13 16
1991-92 Edmonton Oilers NHL 57 21 13 34 52 -18 15 1 4 5 8
1992-93 Edmonton Oilers NHL 68 32 16 48 100 -15
1993-94 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 75 28 27 55 76 -15
1994-95 EC Wolfsburg German-2 12 27 11 38 28
1994-95 AC ZPS Zlin CzRep 1 1 0 1 0
1994-95 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 47 13 13 26 26 -13
1995-96 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 67 22 30 52 68 -25 4 2 0 2 14
1996-97 Los Angeles Kings NHL 8 0 4 4 2 -7
1996-97 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 9 1 3 4 4 -4
1996-97 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 19 7 14 21 6
1996-97 Edmonton Oilers NHL 16 1 5 6 6 -1 6 0 0 0 4
1997-98 Krefeld Pinguine Germany 38 7 12 19 18
1998-99 Detroit Red Wings NHL 13 1 0 1 4 -3
1998-99 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 15 2 6 8 8 -11
1999-00
2000-01
2001-02 HC Chemopetrol Litvinov CzRep 52 24 10 34 36
2002-03 HC Chemopetrol Litvinov CzRep 41 13 6 19 28
NHL Totals 786 313 260 573 671 95 28 24 52 83


Traded to Edmonton by Detroit with Joe Murphy, Adam Graves and Jeff Sharples for Jimmy Carson, Kevin McClelland and Edmonton's 5th round choice (later traded to Montreal - Montreal selected Brad Layzell) in 1991 Entry Draft, November 2, 1989. Traded to Tampa Bay by Edmonton for Tampa Bay's 3rd round choice (Brad Symes) in 1994 Entry Draft, June 16, 1993. Traded to Los Angeles by Tampa Bay for Los Angeles' 5th round choice (Jan Sulc) in 1997 Entry Draft, August 22, 1996. Traded to Pittsburgh by Los Angeles for conditional draft choice, October 25, 1996.
Klima failed to meet conditions specified in the trade agreement and conditional pick was forfeited. Signed as a free agent by Edmonton, February 26, 1997. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, January 11, 1999.