Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jiri Bubla
Defenceman Jiri Bubla spent five years with the Vancouver Canucks in the 1980s after a stellar decade on the Czechoslovakian national squad. He used his mobility and hockey sense effectively at both ends of the ice and was a solid point man on the power play.

Born in Usti nad Labem, Czechoslovakia, Bubla became one of the best-known national team players in 1970s. His alert play in his own end and crisp passes were crucial to his country's exemplary transition game. Bubla represented his country at nine World Championships including the monumental gold medal win over the Soviet Union in 1972. He was also a part of the World Championship squads in 1976 and 1977 and also won five silver medals and one bronze. Individually, Bubla was named the top defenceman at the 1979 World Championships and was placed on the all-star team at the 1978 and 1979 tournaments.

In 1976, Bubla helped Czechoslovakia win the silver medal at the Innsbruck Olympics and finish runner-up to the host country at the inaugural Canada Cup. He also experienced the disappointment of finishing fifth at the Lake Placid games in 1980. After playing the 1980-81 season with Sparta Praha, the veteran defender was claimed in a special Czechoslovakian Entry Draft by the Colorado Rockies. A few weeks later, he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks and prepared for his first NHL training camp with fellow Czechoslovak Ivan Hlinka.

Bubla added skill to the Canucks transition game but was never totally accustomed to the rougher style of play in North America. He was solid on the power play but was not used against the opposition's bigger forwards. He played over 250 games in the NHL before retiring in 1986.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1967-68 CHZ Litvinov Czech 3 0 0 0 0
1968-69 CHZ Litvinov Czech 36 4 5 9
1969-70 CHZ Litvinov Czech
1970-71 CHZ Litvinov Jr. Czech-Jr. 36 3 9 12
1970-71 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 9 1 0 1 2
1971-72 CHZ Litvinov Czech 36 5 9 14
1971-72 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 10 0 1 1 8
1972-73 CHZ Litvinov Czech 36 3 9 12
1972-73 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 10 1 2 3 6
1973-74 CHZ Litvinov Czech 40 9 8 17
1973-74 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 10 1 3 4 2
1974-75 CHZ Litvinov Czech 30 5 20 25
1974-75 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 10 1 2 3 6
1975-76 CHZ Litvinov Czech 31 11 18 29
1975-76 Czechoslovakia Olympics 5 1 3 4 6
1975-76 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 10 4 3 7 2
1976-77 Czechoslovakia Can-Cup 7 3 2 5 4
1976-77 CHZ Litvinov Czech 40 9 28 37
1976-77 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 10 0 4 4 6
1977-78 CHZ Litvinov Czech 44 21 35 56 49
1977-78 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 9 1 2 3 8
1978-79 CHZ Litvinov Czech 44 12 25 37 30
1978-79 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 8 2 2 4 8
1979-80 CHZ Litvinov Czech 17 5 11 16 8
1979-80 Sparta CKD Praha Czech 14 1 6 7 10
1979-80 Czechoslovakia Nat-Tm 14 3 4 7 15
1979-80 Czechoslovakia Olympics 6 0 3 3 2
1980-81 Sparta CKD Praha Czech 40 4 16 20 14
1981-82 Vancouver Canucks NHL 23 1 1 2 16 +8
1982-83 Vancouver Canucks NHL 72 2 28 30 59 -9 1 0 0 0 5
1983-84 Vancouver Canucks NHL 62 6 33 39 43 -10 2 0 0 0 0
1984-85 Vancouver Canucks NHL 56 2 15 17 54 -15
1985-86 Vancouver Canucks NHL 43 6 24 30 30 -25 3 0 0 0 2
NHL Totals 256 17 101 118 202 6 0 0 0 7


Father of Jiri Slegr
WEC-A All-Star Team (1978, 1979)
Named Best Defenseman at WEC-A (1979)
Claimed in Special Czechoslovakian Entry Draft by Colorado, May 28, 1981. Signed to a contract by Vancouver, June, 1981.
Colorado received Brent Ashton and Vancouver's 4th round choice (Tom Martin) in 1982 Entry Draft as compensation via earlier Vancouver/Winnipeg transaction involving Lucien Deblois, July 15, 1981.