Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Frantisek Kucera
Frantisek Kucera was a mobile defenceman who played 354 games for four teams between 1990-91 and 1996-97. In the NHL he was more of a solid role player than a dominant force.

Born in Prague, Kucera played with Sparta Praha and Dukla Jihlava between 1985 and 1990. He competed at the 1986 European Junior Championships and was selected to the tournament all-star team. Kucera was chosen 77th overall in 1986 by the Chicago Black Hawks. He also helped Czechoslovakia win the silver medal at the 1987 World Junior Championships and finished fourth with the team in 1988. He later played for his country at the 1989 World Championships and the 1991 Canada Cup.

The experienced defender played 40 games for Chicago in 1990-91 then became a regular until he was traded to the Hartford Whalers late in 1993-94. Kucera's skill and savvy was sough by the Czech Republic at the 1994 World Championships but the team disappointed with a sixth place finish. He was a solid player for the Whalers following the Owner's Lockout before losing his place in the line-up. He joined the Vancouver Canucks in December 1995 but spent more time with the team's AHL affiliate in Syracuse.

Kucera was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in March 1997. After playing a pair of games for his new team, he spent the rest of the season in the minors. He went home in 1997-98 to play for Sparta Praha domestically and in the European Hockey League. That year he also played six games for the Czech Republic when they won the gold medal at the 1998 Nagano Olympics.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1984-85 Sparta CKD Praha Czech
1984-85 Czechoslovakia EJC-A 5 0 2 2 2
1985-86 Sparta CKD Praha Czech 15 0 0 0
1985-86 Czechoslovakia EJC-A 5 1 2 3 4
1986-87 Sparta CKD Praha Czech 40 5 2 7 14
1986-87 Czechoslovakia WJC-A 7 1 2 3 2
1987-88 Sparta CKD Praha Czech 46 7 2 9 30
1987-88 Czechoslovakia WJC-A 7 1 2 3 2
1988-89 Dukla Jihlava Czech 45 10 9 19 28
1988-89 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 6 0 1 1 6
1989-90 Dukla Jihlava Czech 42 8 10 18 1 1 0 1
1990-91 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 40 2 12 14 32 +3
1990-91 Indianapolis Ice IHL 35 8 19 27 23 7 0 1 1 15
1991-92 Czechoslovakia Can-Cup 5 0 0 0 4
1991-92 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 61 3 10 13 36 +3 6 0 0 0 0
1991-92 Indianapolis Ice IHL 7 1 2 3 4
1992-93 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 71 5 14 19 59 +7
1993-94 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 60 4 13 17 34 +9
1993-94 Hartford Whalers NHL 16 1 3 4 14 -12
1993-94 Czech Republic WC-A 4 0 0 0 2
1994-95 HC Sparta Praha CzRep 16 1 2 3 14
1994-95 Hartford Whalers NHL 48 3 17 20 30 +3
1995-96 Hartford Whalers NHL 30 2 6 8 10 -3
1995-96 Vancouver Canucks NHL 24 1 0 1 10 +5 6 0 1 1 0
1996-97 Vancouver Canucks NHL 2 0 0 0 0 0
1996-97 Syracuse Crunch AHL 42 6 29 35 36
1996-97 Houston Aeros IHL 12 0 3 3 20
1996-97 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 2 0 0 0 2 -2
1996-97 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 9 1 5 6 2 10 1 6 7 20
1997-98 HC Sparta Praha CzRep 43 8 12 20 49 9 3 1 4 53
1997-98 HC Sparta Praha EuroHL 4 0 1 1 2
1997-98 Czech Republic Olympics 6 0 0 0 0
1997-98 Czech Republic WC-A 8 4 0 4 4
1998-99 HC Sparta Praha CzRep 42 3 12 15 92 8 0 2 2
1998-99 HC Sparta Praha EuroHL 6 0 2 2 10 2 0 0 0 2
1998-99 Czech Republic WC-A 12 0 6 6 6
1999-00 HC Sparta Praha CzRep 51 7 26 33 40 9 1 9 10 4
1999-00 HC Sparta Praha EuroHL 6 0 2 2 4 4 0 1 1 2
1999-00 Czech Republic WC-A 9 2 2 4 6 +8
2000-01 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 48 2 5 7 12 -5
2000-01 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 7 0 2 2 0 -2
2001-02 HC Sparta Praha CzRep 10 2 2 4 2
2001-02 Washington Capitals NHL 56 1 13 14 12 +7
2002-03 HC Slavia Praha CzRep 44 4 15 19 26 6 0 1 1 0
2003-04 HC Slavia Praha CzRep 11 1 1 2 6 16 0 2 2 6
2004-05 HC Slavia Praha CzRep 8 0 0 0 4
NHL Totals 465 24 95 119 251 12 0 1 1 0


EJC-A All-Star Team (1986)
WC-A - Best Defenseman (1999)
Traded to Hartford by Chicago with Jocelyn Lemieux for Gary Suter, Randy Cunneyworth and Hartford's 3rd round choice (later traded to Vancouver - Vancouver selected Larry Courville) in 1995 Entry Draft, March 11, 1994. Traded to Vancouver by Hartford with Jim Dowd and Hartford's 2nd round choice (Ryan Bonni) in 1997 Entry Draft for Jeff Brown and Vancouver's 3rd round choice (later traded to Calgary - Calgary selected Paul Manning) in 1998 Entry Draft, December 19, 1995. Traded to Philadelphia by Vancouver for future considerations, March 18, 1997. Signed as a free agent by Columbus, July 7, 2000. Traded to Pittsburgh by Columbus for Pittsburgh's 6th round choice (Scott Horvath) in 2001 Entry Draft, March 13, 2001. Traded to Washington by Pittsburgh with Jaromir Jagr for Kris Beech, Michal Sivek, Ross Lupaschuk and future considerations, July 11, 2001. Signed as a free agent by HC Slavia Praha (Czech), June 11, 2002.