Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jaroslav Svejkovsky
Right wing Jaroslav Svejkovsky entered the 2001-02 season hoping to resume his pro career after losing most of the previous campaign to knee surgery. A clever goal scorer in the minors, he showed flashes of potential in the NHL but was unable to enjoy long-term success.

Born in Plzen, Czechoslovakia, Svejkovsky played junior with the local ZKZ club and Sk Tabor. He then ventured to North America and was drafted 17th overall by the Washington Capitals in 1996 after scoring 58 goals for the WHL's Tri-City Americans. During his rookie pro season in 1996-97, he scored 38 goals in 54 games for the AHL's Portland Pirates and notched seven goals in 19 games during a recall to Washington.

Svejkovsky was limited to 17 games the next season and played one post-season match when the team reached the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in franchise history. Injuries and inconsistency limited him to 25 games the next year then, after a slow start in 1999-00 Svejkovsky was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning. He scored five goals in 29 games for the Lightning but suffered a serious knee injury and only played a couple of games for the IHL's Detroit Vipers the next year.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1993-94 HC Skoda Plzen CzRep 8 0 0 0 8
1994-95 HC Plzen Jr. CzRep-Jr. 25 18 19 37 30
1994-95 HC Tabor CzRep-2 11 6 7 13
1995-96 Tri-City Americans WHL 70 58 43 101 118 11 10 9 19 8
1996-97 Washington Capitals NHL 19 7 3 10 4 -1
1996-97 Portland Pirates AHL 54 38 28 66 56 5 2 0 2 6
1997-98 Washington Capitals NHL 17 4 1 5 10 -5 1 0 0 0 2
1997-98 Portland Pirates AHL 16 12 7 19 16 +2 7 1 2 3 2
1998-99 Washington Capitals NHL 25 6 8 14 12 -2
1999-00 Washington Capitals NHL 23 1 2 3 2 -7
1999-00 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 29 5 5 10 28 -7
2000-01 Detroit Vipers IHL 2 2 2 4 2 +3
2001-02 Detroit Vipers AHL
NHL Totals 113 23 19 42 56 1 0 0 0 2


WHL West Second All-Star Team (1996)
AHL All-Rookie Team (1997)
Dudley ``Red'' Garrett Memorial Award (Rookie of the Year - AHL) (1997)
Traded to Tampa Bay by Washington for Tampa Bay's 7th round pick (later traded to Los Angeles - Los Angeles selected Yevgeny Fedorov) in 2000 NHL Draft and 3rd round pick (later traded to Toronto - Toronto selected Brendan Bell) in 2001 NHL Draft, January 17, 2000.
Missed majority of 2000-01 and entire 2001-02 due to knee surgery, October 24, 2001.
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