Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jan Hlavac
Left-winger Jan Hlavac showed potential as a scorer in his native Czech Republic before being drafted by the New York Islanders in 1995. However, by the time he ended his six season run with Sparta Praha his rights had been transferred from Long Island to Calgary and then on to New York.

The Calgary Flames coveted Hlavac, who by then was fulfilling his potential as a goal scorer with 33 tallies in 49 games during his last season in the Czech Republic, but they had difficulty luring him to North America. After the big trade with the Rangers, Hlavac was signed and headed overseas for the 1999-00 campaign.

Hlavac delivered on his promise right away by scoring 19 goals as a rookie. Things started to come together from the first year forward when the Rangers closed a deal with the Florida Panthers that netted the Blueshirts Radek Dvorak. Hlavac's adjustment to the NHL game was smoothed considerably when Ranger coach Ron Low placed him on a line with two of his countrymen, center Petr Nedved and right-winger Dvorak.

The next season the "Czech Line" continued to excel and Hlavac fired home 28 goals and notched 64 points. Despite the success of the line, overall the Rangers were a struggling club and General Manager Glen Sather vowed big changes for his high-profile club.

In the summer of 2001 the Rangers targeted a valuable asset on the trade market in star center Eric Lindros, but he would clearly come at a price. When the deal was finally made between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Rangers, they had to sacrifice promising young defenseman Kim Johnsson, top prospect Pavel Brendl and Hlavac.

The "City of Brotherly Love" was anything but friendly from the Czech winger, as it would turn out. From the start Hlavac did not fit into the Flyers system or style of play very well. Halfway through the season the former sniper had just seven goals and 10 points. Hlavac was traded to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for tough guy Donald Brashear, a player that suited the Flyers style much better.

In Vancouver, Hlavac was brought into bolster the teams sagging offense, and though he did improve on his output from Philadelphia, he still did not play up to his potential. In 46 games he managed nine goals and 21 points, then added one more in five playoff games.

After beginning the 2002-03 season in Vancouver, Hlavac was dealt to the Carolina Hurricanes where he would finish the season. In the summer of 2003, Hlavac re-joined the New York Rangers. Hlavac spent 72 games with the Rangers before he moved overseas to compete with HC Sparta and Geneve of the Czech and Swiss leagues respectively. He returned to the NHL in the summer of 2007 after being signed as a free agent by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

On the international stage, the former Islander prospect represented his homeland at the 1995 and 1996 World Junior Championships and is a four-time member of its World Championship team (1998, 1999, 2004 and 2005).


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1993-94 HC Sparta Praha Jr. CzRep-Jr. 27 12 15 27
1993-94 HC Sparta Praha CzRep 9 1 1 2
1993-94 Czech Republic EJC-A 5 0 1 1 0
1994-95 HC Sparta Praha CzRep 38 7 6 13 18 5 0 2 2 0
1994-95 Czech Republic WJC-A 7 2 3 5 4
1995-96 HC Sparta Praha CzRep 34 8 5 13 12 1 2 3
1995-96 Czech Republic WJC-A 6 0 0 0 2
1996-97 HC Sparta Praha CzRep 38 8 13 21 24 10 5 2 7 2
1996-97 HC Sparta Praha EuroHL 3 4 0 4 6
1997-98 HC Sparta Praha CzRep 48 17 30 47 40 5 1 0 1 2
1997-98 HC Sparta Praha EuroHL 5 0 3 3 4
1997-98 Czech Republic WC-A 8 1 3 4 2
1998-99 HC Sparta Praha CzRep 49 33 20 53 52 6 1 3 4
1998-99 HC Sparta Praha EuroHL 5 4 2 6 0 1 1 1 2 0
1998-99 Czech Republic WC-A 12 5 5 10 4
1999-00 New York Rangers NHL 67 19 23 42 16 +3
1999-00 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 3 1 0 1 0 0
2000-01 New York Rangers NHL 79 28 36 64 20 +3
2001-02 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 31 7 3 10 8 +5
2001-02 Vancouver Canucks NHL 46 9 12 21 10 +4 5 0 1 1 0
2002-03 Vancouver Canucks NHL 9 1 1 2 6 -1
2002-03 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 52 9 15 24 22 -9
2002-03 Czech Republic WC-A 9 4 2 6 2 +3
2003-04 New York Rangers NHL 72 5 21 26 16 -8
2003-04 Czech Republic WC-A 7 1 3 4 6 +4
2004-05 HC Sparta Praha CzRep 48 10 28 38 34 5 2 0 2 6
2004-05 Czech Republic WC-A 6 1 2 3 0 +4
2005-06 HC Geneve-Servette Swiss 42 12 22 34 28 4 1 0 1 2
2005-06 Czech Republic WC-A 9 2 1 3 4 -1
2006-07 HC Sparta Praha CzRep 41 20 11 31 85 16 8 2 10 16
2007-08 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 62 9 13 22 32 -10
2007-08 Nashville Predators NHL 18 3 10 13 8 +9 6 0 2 2 2
2008-09 Linkopings HC Sweden 54 25 23 48 28 5 3 1 4 0
2009-10 HC Bili Tygri Liberec CzRep 19 8 9 17 12
2009-10 Linkopings HC Sweden 38 30 21 51 24 12 6 6 12 6
2010-11 HC Sparta Praha CzRep 9 0 3 3 2
2010-11 Linkopings HC Sweden 43 16 21 37 18 7 3 0 3 2
2011-12 Linkopings HC Sweden 37 10 13 23 20
2011-12 Rytiri Kladno CzRep 11 4 2 6 8
2012-13 Rytiri Kladno CzRep 37 10 11 21 6
2012-13 Vaxjo Lakers HC Sweden 13 5 2 7 2
2013-14 Rytiri Kladno CzRep 17 4 6 10 10
2013-14 Vaxjo Lakers HC Sweden 10 2 6 8 2 12 4 2 6 0
NHL Totals 436 90 134 224 138 11 0 3 3 2


Traded to Calgary by NY Islanders for Jorgen Jonsson, July 14, 1998. Rights traded to NY Rangers by Calgary with Calgary's 1st (Jamie Lundmark) and 3rd (later traded back to Calgary - Calgary selected Craig Andersson) round choices in 1999 Entry Draft for Marc Savard and NY Rangers' 1st round choice (Oleg Saprykin) in 1999 Entry Draft, June 26, 1999. Traded to Philadelphia by NY Rangers with Kim Johnsson, Pavel Brendl and NY Rangers' 3rd round choice (Stefan Ruzicka) in 2003 Entry Draft for Eric Lindros, August 20, 2001. Traded to Vancouver by Philadelphia with Tampa Bay's 3rd round choice (previously acquired, Vancouver selected Brett Skinner) in 2002 Entry Draft for Donald Brashear and Vancouver's 6th round choice (later traded to Columbus - Columbus selected Jaroslav Balastik) in 2002 Entry Draft, December 17, 2001. Traded to Carolina by Vancouver with Harold Druken for Darren Langdon and Marek Malik, November 1, 2002. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, August 28, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Sparta Praha (CzRep), August 9, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Geneve (Swiss), September, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Sparta Praha (CzRep), May 24, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, June 14, 2007. Traded to Nashville by Tampa Bay for Nashville's 7th round choice (later traded to Philadelphia - Philadelphia selected Joacim Eriksson) in 2008 Entry Draft, February 26, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Linkopings (Sweden), August 7, 2009. Loaned to Liberec (CzRep) by Linkopings (Sweden), September 4, 2009. Returned to Linkopings (Sweden) by Liberec (CzRep), October 25, 2009.