Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Robert Lang
Born in Teplice, Czechoslovakia, Robert Lang starred on CHZ Litvinov for parts of four seasons. He was chosen 133rd overall by the Los Angeles Kings in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft and is a three time Olympian, capturing bronze in 1992, gold in 1998 while falling short in 2002.

Lang showed glimpses of his immense skill while splitting his first two pro seasons between the Kings and Phoenix Roadrunners of the IHL. He returned to Litvinov during the owner's lockout and then played 36 games when the NHL schedule resumed. The following season, Lang was deployed mostly as a penalty killer before returning home to play for Sparta Praha in 1996-97.

In September 1997, he was picked up on waivers by the Boston Bruins but he did not fit in their plans. A month later, he took the same route and joined the Pittsburgh Penguins. The fast-paced, offensive style of his new team suited Lang and allowed him to put up the numbers once expected of him when he was a prospect. He recorded consecutive 20-goal seasons for the Pens then broke through with 32 goals in 2000-01. That year Lang formed the best second line in the league with Alexei Kovalev and Martin Straka.

Injuries in 2001-02 limited Lang to only 62 games and when the season came to an end he signed as a free agent with the Washington Capitals where he joined his former Penguin teammate, Jaromir Jagr. Following parts of two seasons with the Caps, Lang, who was leading the NHL in scoring at the time was dealt to the Detroit Red Wings in the latter stages of the 2003-04 season. Upon his arrival in the Motor City, Lang continued his strong play, yet would fall in the scoring race, finishing the season with 79 points (30-49-79) in 69 games. The following season Lang's point total would again decrease to 62 points with the Red Wings. In Lang's final season with the club, he would tally 52 points before signing with the Chicago Blackhawks as a free agent in the summer of 2007.

As a member of the Blackhawks, Lang managed to record 54 points and finish third in team scoring behind a pair of Patricks; Kane and Sharp. The Blackhawks failed to reach the playoffs that season and as a result were looking to clear some salary cap space in the off-season. As a result, Lang was dealt to the Montreal Canadiens for a second-round pick in the 2010 NHL Draft. Lang's first season in Montreal was somewhat bitter-sweet however. After notching 39 points in 50 games and becoming the team's best player, he was sidelined with a slashed tendon on his foot. The unfortunate injury required season-ending surgery and Lang's first season in Montreal came to an abrupt end.

On the international stage, Lang has represented his homeland at the Winter Olympics on three occasions (1998, 2002, 2006).


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1988-89 CHZ Litvinov Czech 7 3 2 5 0
1989-90 CHZ Litvinov Czech 32 8 7 15 8 3 3 6
1990-91 HC CHZ Litvinov Czech 56 26 26 52 38
1991-92 HC Chemopetrol Litvinov Czech 43 12 31 43 34
1991-92 Czechoslovakia Olympics 8 5 8 13 8
1991-92 Czechoslovakia WC-A 8 2 2 4 2
1992-93 Los Angeles Kings NHL 11 0 5 5 2 -3
1992-93 Phoenix Roadrunners IHL 38 9 21 30 20
1993-94 Los Angeles Kings NHL 32 9 10 19 10 +7
1993-94 Phoenix Roadrunners IHL 44 11 24 35 34
1994-95 HC Chemopetrol Litvinov CzRep 16 4 19 23 28
1994-95 Los Angeles Kings NHL 36 4 8 12 4 -7
1995-96 Los Angeles Kings NHL 68 6 16 22 10 -15
1995-96 Czech Republic WC-A 8 5 4 9 2
1996-97 Czech Republic W-Cup 3 0 0 0 2
1996-97 HC Sparta Praha CzRep 38 14 27 41 30 5 1 2 3 4
1996-97 HC Sparta Praha EuroHL 4 2 2 4 0 4 2 1 3 2
1996-97 Czech Republic WC-A 8 1 1 2 25
1997-98 Boston Bruins NHL 3 0 0 0 2 +1
1997-98 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 51 9 13 22 14 +6 6 0 3 3 2
1997-98 Czech Republic Olympics 6 0 3 3 0
1997-98 Houston Aeros IHL 9 1 7 8 4 +1
1998-99 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 72 21 23 44 24 -10 12 0 2 2 0
1999-00 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 78 23 42 65 14 -9 11 3 3 6 0
2000-01 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 82 32 48 80 28 +20 16 4 4 8 4
2001-02 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 62 18 32 50 16 +9
2001-02 Czech Republic Olympics 4 1 2 3 2 +3
2002-03 Washington Capitals NHL 82 22 47 69 22 +12 6 2 1 3 2
2003-04 Washington Capitals NHL 63 29 45 74 24 +2
2003-04 Detroit Red Wings NHL 6 1 4 5 0 +2 12 4 5 9 6
2004-05 Czech Republic W-Cup
2004-05
2005-06 Detroit Red Wings NHL 72 20 42 62 72 +17 6 3 3 6 2
2005-06 Czech Republic Olympics 8 0 4 4 4 0
2006-07 Detroit Red Wings NHL 81 19 33 52 66 +12 18 2 6 8 8
2007-08 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 76 21 33 54 50 +9
2008-09 Montreal Canadiens NHL 50 18 21 39 36 +6
2009-10 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 64 9 20 29 28 -4 4 0 1 1 0
NHL Totals 989 261 442 703 422 91 18 28 46 24


Played in NHL All-Star Game (2004) Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, September 2, 1997. Claimed by Boston from Pittsburgh in Waiver Draft, September 28, 1997. Claimed on waivers by Pittsburgh from Boston, October 25, 1997. Signed as a free agent by Washington, July 1, 2002. Traded to Detroit by Washington for Tomas Fleischmann, Detroit's 1st round choice (Mike Green) in 2004 Entry Draft and Detroit's 4th round choice (Luke Lynes) in 2006 Entry Draft, February 27, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Chicago, July 2, 2007. Traded to Montreal by Chicago for Toronto's 2nd round choice (previously acquired, later traded back to Toronto, later traded to Boston - Boston selected Jared Knight) in 2010 Entry Draft, September 12, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Phoenix, September 29, 2009.