Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Martin Prochazka
A 1997 World Hockey Championship First Team All-Star, Martin Prochazka joined the Toronto Maple Leafs for the 1997-98 season. Prochazka had attended a Leafs training camp before in 1992, but five years later he was finally with the team that had drafted him 135th overall in the 1991 Entry Draft. Prochazka wore number 21 for the buds. Prochazka encountered a system foreign to what he had learned. He found the methods used by then Leaf coach Mike Murphy to be confusing compared to the instruction he had in the Czech Republic. As a result Toronto never developed a clear role for Prochazka during his brief time with the team.

Martin Prochazka had to go to Japan to find satisfaction that season. The NHL went on hiatus so star players could compete for their home countries. Prochazka got the call from Ivan Hlinka to play for the Czech Republic. Hlinka encouraged his players to adopt a defensive team-oriented approach in their play, which resulted in low scoring games that were usually in the Czech team' s favor. The result was a gold medal in men' s hockey for a dark horse team. Prochazka hoped his performance at the Olympics would show Toronto how effective he could be but the team kept to its style. The next season the right-winger opted to remain in Europe.

On June 15, 1999, Prochazka had reason to hope that his luck had changed regarding the NHL. Toronto had decided to trade his rights away to the expansion Atlanta Thrashers. Unfortunately, Prochazka only played three games that fall with Atlanta before returning, in disappointment, to Vsetin, Czech Republic. Martin Prochazka remains optimistic that he will find a suitable opportunity in the NHL. He remains the type of player who is first on and last off the ice for games. His role with the Czech National Team has expanded to include a leadership role to the younger players.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1989-90 Poldi Kladno Czech 49 18 12 30
1989-90 Czechoslovakia WJC-A 7 5 2 7 2
1989-90 Czechoslovakia EJC-A 6 2 4 6 6
1990-91 Poldi Kladno Czech 50 19 10 29 21
1990-91 Czechoslovakia WJC-A 7 4 1 5 0
1991-92 Dukla Jihlava Czech 44 18 11 29 2
1991-92 Czechoslovakia WJC-A 7 0 2 2 0
1992-93 Poldi Kladno Czech 46 26 12 38
1993-94 HC Kladno CzRep 43 24 16 40 0 2 2 0 2
1994-95 HC Kladno CzRep 41 25 33 58 18 11 8 4 12 4
1994-95 Czech Republic WC-A 8 2 1 3 2
1995-96 HC Poldi Kladno CzRep 37 15 27 42 8 2 4 6
1995-96 Czech Republic WC-A 6 3 3 6 2
1996-97 Czech Republic W-Cup 2 0 0 0 0
1996-97 AIK Solna Sweden 49 16 23 39 38 7 2 3 5 8
1996-97 Czech Republic WC-A 9 7 7 14 4
1997-98 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 29 2 4 6 8 -1
1997-98 Czech Republic Olympics 6 1 1 2 0
1997-98 Czech Republic WC-A 9 3 5 8 14
1998-99 HC Slovnaft Vsetin CzRep 47 20 29 49 12 12 10 9 19
1998-99 Czech Republic WC-A 12 2 4 6 0
1999-00 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 3 0 1 1 0 -1
1999-00 HC Slovnaft Viva Vsetin CzRep 31 10 10 20 16 9 2 0 2 0
1999-00 Czech Republic WC-A 9 2 3 5 6 +5
2000-01 HC Vitkovice CzRep 32 15 16 31 12 10 4 2 6 0
2000-01 Czech Republic WC-A 9 4 2 6 2 +4
2001-02 Avangard Omsk Russia 31 8 6 14 6 11 2 1 3 2
2001-02 HC Vitkovice CzRep 20 6 11 17 4
2001-02 Czech Republic WC-A 7 4 3 7 0 +4
2002-03 Avangard Omsk Russia 35 9 9 18 12 3 1 0 1 4
2003-04 HC Rabat Kladno CzRep 23 5 6 11 2
2003-04 Khimik Moscow Region (Voskresensk) Russia 3 0 0 0 2
2004-05 HC Rabat Kladno CzRep 45 22 16 38 10 7 3 2 5 2
2005-06 HC Rabat Kladno CzRep 40 9 15 24 18
2006-07 HC Rabat Kladno CzRep 49 35 16 51 40 3 1 0 1 2
2007-08 HC Geus Okna Kladno CzRep 52 21 8 29 26 7 6 3 9 6
2008-09 HC Geus Okna Kladno CzRep 52 17 17 34 16
2009-10 HC Geus Okna Kladno CzRep 40 3 4 7 52 0
NHL Totals 32 2 5 7 8


WC-A All-Star Team (1997)
Named WC-A MVP (2000)
Traded to Atlanta by Toronto for Atlanta's 6th round pick (Maxim Kondratjev) in 2001 NHL Draft, July 15, 1999.
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