Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jaroslav Modry
A fine playmaker with quick mobility, Jaroslav Modry has developed into a key member of the Los Angeles Kings defensive core, with the club's transition game and power play while improving his defensive zone coverage.

Born in Ceske-Budejovice, Czechoslovakia, Modry spent three years with his local club before joining Dukla Trencin in 1990-91. He was chosen 179th overall by the New Jersey Devils in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft and came to North America two years later. During his first season in North America, Modry adjusted well to the smaller ice surface and more physical style of play as a member of the AHL's Utica Devils.

After playing 41 games for New Jersey in 1993-94, the youngster no longer fit into Devils long-range plans. In July 1995, he was traded to the Ottawa Senators and scored 18 points in 64 games the next season. Before the end of the schedule he was moved to the Kings where he spent four years going back and forth between the minors and the NHL. During the 2000-01 season, Modry developed into a consistent NHL defenceman. He registered 19 points, plus/minus rating of +16 and looked steady when the club upset the Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the playoffs.

The 2001-02 season would be a career year offensively for Modry, finishing the regular season with 42 points before establishing a career high in goals with 13 in 2002-03. Modry's tenure with the Kings ended following the 2003-04 season, as the former Devils draft pick opted to sign as a free agent with the Atlanta Thrashers in the summer of 2004.

Modry would register 38 points in 79 games with the Thrashers before the club sent him to the Dallas Stars with teammate Patrik Stefan in exchange for Niko Kapanen and a 7th round selection in 2006. Modry would spend a half-season with the Stars before being sent back to his former club the Los Angeles Kings at the 2007 NHL trading deadline. In Los Angeles, Modrys veteran leadership helped a young core of Kings players during the 2007-08 season. However, with his contract set to expire in the summer, the Kings dealt Modry to the injury-plagued Philadelphia Flyers for a third-round draft pick in 2008.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1987-88 Motor Ceske Budejovice Czech 3 0 0 0 0
1988-89 Motor Ceske Budejovice Czech 28 0 1 1 8
1988-89 Czechoslovakia EJC-A 6 2 2 4 12
1989-90 Motor Ceske Budejovice Czech 41 2 2 4
1990-91 Dukla Trencin Czech 33 1 9 10 6
1990-91 Czechoslovakia WJC-A 6 0 1 1 2
1991-92 Motor Ceske Budejovice Czech-2 14 4 10 14
1991-92 Dukla Trencin Czech 18 0 4 4 6
1992-93 Utica Devils AHL 80 7 35 42 62 5 0 2 2 2
1993-94 New Jersey Devils NHL 41 2 15 17 18 +10
1993-94 Albany River Rats AHL 19 1 5 6 25
1994-95 HC Ceske Budejovice CzRep 19 1 3 4 30
1994-95 New Jersey Devils NHL 11 0 0 0 0 -1
1994-95 Albany River Rats AHL 18 5 6 11 14 14 3 3 6 4
1995-96 Ottawa Senators NHL 64 4 14 18 38 -17
1995-96 Los Angeles Kings NHL 9 0 3 3 6 -4
1996-97 Los Angeles Kings NHL 30 3 3 6 25 -13
1996-97 Phoenix Roadrunners IHL 23 3 12 15 17
1996-97 Utah Grizzlies IHL 11 1 4 5 20 7 0 1 1 6
1997-98 Utah Grizzlies IHL 74 12 21 33 72 +13 4 0 2 2 6
1998-99 Los Angeles Kings NHL 5 0 1 1 0 +1
1998-99 Long Beach Ice Dogs IHL 64 6 29 35 44 +16 8 4 2 6 4
1999-00 Los Angeles Kings NHL 26 5 4 9 18 -2 2 0 0 0 2
1999-00 Long Beach Ice Dogs IHL 11 2 4 6 8 +5
2000-01 Los Angeles Kings NHL 63 4 15 19 48 +16 10 1 0 1 4
2001-02 Los Angeles Kings NHL 80 4 38 42 65 -4 7 0 2 2 0
2002-03 Los Angeles Kings NHL 82 13 25 38 68 -13
2002-03 Czech Republic WC-A 9 0 3 3 4 +2
2003-04 Los Angeles Kings NHL 79 5 27 32 44 +11
2004-05 HC Bili Tygri Liberec CzRep 19 3 7 10 24 12 0 4 4 22
2005-06 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 79 7 31 38 76 -9
2006-07 Dallas Stars NHL 57 1 9 10 32 +10
2006-07 Los Angeles Kings NHL 19 0 8 8 22 +1
2007-08 Los Angeles Kings NHL 61 1 5 6 42 +2
2007-08 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 19 0 3 3 8 -11 9 0 3 3 0
2008-09 HC Bili Tygri Liberec CzRep 52 3 14 17 48 3 0 0 0 6
2009-10 HC Plzen 1929 CzRep 52 9 18 27 91 6 0 3 3 8
2010-11 HC Plzen 1929 CzRep 52 8 12 20 54 4 0 1 1 4
2011-12 HC Plzen 1929 CzRep 14 1 0 1 37 10 0 2 2 6
NHL Totals 725 49 201 250 510 28 1 5 6 6


Played in NHL All-Star Game (2002) Traded to Ottawa by New Jersey for Ottawa's 4th round choice (Alyn McCauley) in 1995 Entry Draft, July 8, 1995. Traded to Los Angeles by Ottawa with Ottawa's 8th round choice (Stephen Valiquette) in 1996 Entry Draft for Kevin Brown, March 20, 1996. Signed as a free agent by Atlanta, July 1, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Liberec (CzRep), October 20, 2004. Traded to Dallas by Atlanta with Patrik Stefan for Niko Kapanen and Dallas's 7th round choice (Will O'Neill) in 2006 Entry Draft, June 24, 2006. Traded to Los Angeles by Dallas with the rights to Johan Fransson, Dallas' 2nd (Oscar Moller) and 3rd (Bryan Cameron) round choices in 2007 Entry Draft and Dallas' 1st round choice (later traded to Phoenix - Phoenix selected Viktor Tikhonov) in 2008 Entry Draft for Mattias Norstrom, Konstantin Pushkarev and Los Angeles' 3rd (Sergei Korostin) and 4th (later traded to Columbus - Columbus selected Maxim Mayorov) round choices in 2007 Entry Draft, February 27, 2007. Traded to Philadelphia by Los Angeles for Philadelphia's 3rd round choice (Geordie Wudrick) in 2008 Entry Draft, February 19, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Liberec (CzRep), July 31, 2008.