Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Vaclav Varada
Vaclav Varada was born April 26, 1976 in Vsetink, Czech Republic and was drafted 89th overall in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft by the San Jose Sharks. He did not play for the Sharks, instead was traded to the Buffalo Sabres on November 16, 1995.

The former Tacoma/Kelowna Rocket is a fierce competitor, who played the bulk of the 1996-97 season with the Sabres AHL affiliate in Rochester. He appeared in the AHL All-Star Game and went on to play five games with the Sabres.

Varada hit his stride in the 1998 playoffs by finishing third in scoring among rookies with seven points. The 1998-99 season saw him stay with the Sabres for the full season and continued to play well with the Sabres in their run to the 1999 Stanley Cup finals. Although the Sabres fell short against the Dallas Stars, Varada finished with five goals and nine points in the team's run to the final.

Varada continued with his steady progress by notching seasons of 37 and 31 points before the team traded him to the Ottawa Senators in the latter stages of the 2002-03 season. Varada spent two seasons on the Senators' wing, but struggled to produce any offence on the club.

In August 2006, Varada signed with HC Davos of the Swiss Nationalliga A.

On the international stage, Varada has represented his homeland twice at the World Junior Championships (1995-1996) and twice at the World Championship (2000 and 2005).


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1992-93 TJ Vitkovice Czech 1 0 0 0
1993-94 HC Vitkovice CzRep 24 6 7 13 5 1 1 2
1993-94 Czech Republic EJC-A 5 3 3 6 6
1994-95 Tacoma Rockets WHL 68 50 38 88 108 4 4 3 7 11
1994-95 Czech Republic WJC-A 7 6 4 10 25
1995-96 Kelowna Rockets WHL 59 39 46 85 100 6 3 3 6 16
1995-96 Czech Republic WJC-A 6 5 1 6 8
1995-96 Buffalo Sabres NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1995-96 Rochester Americans AHL 5 3 0 3 4
1996-97 Buffalo Sabres NHL 5 0 0 0 2 0
1996-97 Rochester Americans AHL 53 23 25 48 81 10 1 6 7 27
1997-98 Buffalo Sabres NHL 27 5 6 11 15 0 15 3 4 7 18
1997-98 Rochester Americans AHL 45 30 26 56 74 +20
1998-99 Buffalo Sabres NHL 72 7 24 31 61 +11 21 5 4 9 14
1999-00 HC Vitkovice CzRep 5 2 3 5 12
1999-00 Buffalo Sabres NHL 76 10 27 37 62 +12 5 0 0 0 8
1999-00 Czech Republic WC-A 9 2 4 6 6 +5
2000-01 Buffalo Sabres NHL 75 10 21 31 81 -2 13 0 4 4 8
2001-02 Buffalo Sabres NHL 76 7 16 23 82 -7
2002-03 Buffalo Sabres NHL 44 7 4 11 23 -2
2002-03 Ottawa Senators NHL 11 2 6 8 8 +3 18 2 4 6 18
2003-04 Ottawa Senators NHL 30 5 5 10 26 +2 7 1 1 2 4
2004-05 HC Vitkovice Steel CzRep 44 8 19 27 83 11 3 3 6 37
2004-05 Czech Republic WC-A 9 1 0 1 2 +2
2005-06 Ottawa Senators NHL 76 5 16 21 50 +2 8 0 2 2 12
2006-07 HC Davos Swiss 25 6 4 10 26
2007-08 SCL Tigers Langnau Swiss 37 12 20 32 56 2 0 0 0 2
2008-09 HC Vitkovice Steel CzRep 16 5 5 10 22 4 2 2 4 2
2009-10 HC Vitkovice Steel CzRep 19 2 8 10 12
2009-10 HC Kometa Brno CzRep 24 4 5 9 18
2010-11 HC Ocelari Trinec CzRep 51 12 25 37 44 18 2 9 11 38
2011-12 HC Ocelari Trinec CzRep 16 6 7 13 20 5 0 2 2 4
2012-13 HC Ocelari Trinec CzRep 51 14 23 37 60 10 3 1 4 10
2013-14 HC Ocelari Trinec CzRep 36 4 5 9 28 1 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 493 58 125 183 410 87 11 19 30 82


Traded to Buffalo by San Jose with Martin Spahnel and Philadelphia's 1st (previously acquired, later traded to Phoenix - Phoenix selected Daniel Briere) and 4th (previously acquired, Buffalo selected Mike Martone) round picks in 1996 NHL Draft for Doug Bodger, November 16, 1995. Traded to Ottawa by Buffalo with Buffalo's 5th round pick (Tim Cook) in 2003 NHL Draft for Jakub Klepis, February 25, 2003.
Missed majority of 2003-04 due to knee injury vs. Boston, December 13, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Vitkovice (CzRep), September 17, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Davos (Swiss), August 10, 2006. Officially announced his retirement, April 14, 2014.
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