Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Vladimir Vujtek
In the early 1990s, National Hockey League teams began drafting Eastern European and Russian players in increasing numbers and with higher picks. Vladimir Vujtek benefited from this trend by being taken by the Montreal Canadiens 73rd overall in the 1991 Entry Draft. The Canadiens had seen Vujtek during the 1990-91 season when he transferred to the Western Hockey League Tri-City Americans. He appeared to adapt well to the North American style, thereby prompting Montreal to pick him.

Montreal left him to play a further year in junior and saw him score nearly two points per game. The Canadiens also let him play two games with the Habs in 1991-92. The Canadiens included him in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers on August 27, 1992. Vujtek spilt the 1992-93 season between the Oilers and their American Hockey League team in Cape Breton. The following season he played with the Oilers but got into only 40 games

Vujtek's next three seasons were split between several far-flung hockey spots. There were stops in Cape Breton, Las Vegas, Finland, and the Czech Republic. On July 16, 1997, Edmonton traded Vujtek to the Tampa Bay Lightning. He returned to the National Hockey League to take a spot on the Lightning forward line but soon encountered a setback when he was diagnosed with Epstein-Barr Virus. He returned to the Czech republic to rest and recuperate. For 1998-99, he remained in his homeland to play for HC Vitkovice. In March of that season he suffered another setback.

He was having a strong season in the Czech league when he was elbowed in the head. Vujtek fell to the ice and was knocked unconscious and suffered a seizure that required hospitalization.

The Atlanta Thrashers took a risk on his health by signing him as a free agent on July 29, 1999. In the preseason he had his face sliced by a skate blade, requiring 200 stitches. Vujtek lasted only three games into the regular season before the Thrashers sent him back to Europe. He wasn't that disappointed under the circumstances. Vujtek has found his game is more suited to the European style.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1988-89 TJ Vitkovice Czech 3 0 1 1 0
1989-90 TJ Vitkovice Czech 22 3 4 7 7 4 3 7
1990-91 TJ Vitkovice Czech 27 7 4 11
1990-91 Tri-City Americans WHL 37 26 18 44 74 7 2 3 5 4
1991-92 Tri-City Americans WHL 53 41 61 102 114
1991-92 Montreal Canadiens NHL 2 0 0 0 0 -1
1992-93 Edmonton Oilers NHL 30 1 10 11 8 -1
1992-93 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 20 10 9 19 14 1 0 0 0 0
1993-94 Edmonton Oilers NHL 40 4 15 19 14 -7
1994-95 HC Vitkovice CzRep 18 5 7 12 51
1994-95 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 30 10 11 21 30
1994-95 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 1 0 0 0 0
1995-96 HC Vitkovice CzRep 26 6 7 13 4 1 1 2
1996-97 Assat Pori Finland 50 27 31 58 48 4 1 2 3 2
1996-97 Czech Republic WC-A 8 7 7 14 31
1997-98 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 30 2 4 6 16 -2
1997-98 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 2 1 2 3 0 -2
1998-99 HC Vitkovice CzRep 47 20 34 54 77
1999-00 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 3 0 0 0 0 0
1999-00 HC Sparta Praha CzRep 21 12 19 31 14 8 2 3 5 10
1999-00 HC Sparta Praha EuroHL 1 0 0 0 2 4 2 2 4 0
2000-01 HC Sparta Praha CzRep 38 11 18 29 28 13 3 6 9 4
2001-02 HPK Hameenlinna Finland 45 19 39 58 38 8 4 7 11 6
2002-03 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 5 0 1 1 0 -4
2002-03 HC Vitkovice CzRep 6 1 5 6 4
2002-03 Severstal Cherepovets Russia 16 7 14 21 12 12 2 3 5 8
2003-04 HPK Hameenlinna Finland 30 9 16 25 86
2003-04 Khimik Moscow Region (Voskresensk) Russia 12 2 1 3 4
2004-05 HC Vitkovice Steel CzRep 26 14 5 19 16 10 4 4 8 12
2005-06 HC Forward Morges Swiss-2 20 13 16 29 59
2005-06 ZSC Lions Zurich Swiss 4 0 2 2 4
2005-06 HC Vitkovice Steel CzRep 3 0 2 2 2 4 1 0 1 0
2006-07 HC Ocelari Trinec CzRep 24 3 6 9 8
NHL Totals 110 7 30 37 38


WHL West First All-Star Team (1992)
WC-A All-Star Team (1997)
Traded to Edmonton by Montreal with Shayne Corson and Brent Gilchrist for Vincent Damphousse and Edmonton's 4th round pick (Adam Wiesel) in 1993 NHL Draft, August 27, 1992. Traded to Tampa Bay by Edmonton with Edmonton's 3rd round pick (Dmitry Afanasenkov) in 1998 NHL Draft for Brantt Myhres and Toronto's 3rd round pick (previously acquired, Edmonton selected Alex Henry) in 1998 NHL Draft, July 16, 1997.
Missed majority of 1997-98 due to Epstein-Barr Virus, December, 1997. Signed as a free agent by Atlanta, July 29, 1999.
Missed majority of 1999-2000 due to facial injuries suffered in exhibition game vs. NY Rangers, September 18, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, July 15, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Vitkovice (Czech) after securing release from Pittsburgh, November 15, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Morges (Swiss-2), May 21, 2005.
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