Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Josef Vasicek
Josef Vasicek was born September 12, 1980 in Havlickuv, Czech Republic. The fourth round, 91st overall pick of the Carolina Hurricanes in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Vasicek played in the Czech Junior League before coming to North America in 1998-99 as a member of the OHL' Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.

A offensively gifted player, Vasicek played two seasons with the Greyhounds and was a member of the Czech Republic's gold medal World Junior team in 2000. Unlike many others, Vasicek didn't take the step most players make after junior hockey. Instead of playing in the minor leagues, Vasicek moved straight to the NHL and registered 21 points in his rookie season while playing a handful of playoff games with the team's AHL affiliate in 2000-01.

In 2001-02, he improved his point total to 31 on the strength of 14 goals and 17 assists and was key player in the Hurricanes run to the Stanley Cup final, only to lose out to a talented Detroit Red Wing club. After struggling in 2002-03, Vasicek rebounded in 2003-04, establishing career highs in goals (19), assists (26) and points (45).

Aside from his World Junior experience, Vasicek represented his homeland at the 2003 and 2005 World Championships, as well as the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

In 2005-06, Vasicek captured his first Stanley Cup as a member of the Carolina Hurricanes, however was dealt that summer by the club to the Nashville Predators for Scott Walker.

Vasicek's stint with the Predators lasted only 38 games as the club would trade him back to his former team the Carolina Hurricanes for Eric Belanger.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1995-96 Rebel Havlickuv Brod U17 CzR-U17 36 25 25 50
1996-97 HC Slavia Praha U17 CzR-U17 37 20 40 60
1997-98 HC Slavia Praha Jr. CzRep-Jr. 34 13 20 33
1998-99 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 66 21 35 56 30 +7 5 3 0 3 10
1999-00 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 54 26 46 72 49 +16 17 5 15 20 8
1999-00 Czech Republic WJC-A 7 1 3 4 2 0
2000-01 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 76 8 13 21 53 -8 6 2 0 2 0
2000-01 Cincinnati Cyclones IHL 3 0 0 0 0
2001-02 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 78 14 17 31 53 -7 23 3 2 5 12
2002-03 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 57 10 10 20 33 -19
2002-03 Czech Republic WC-A 9 0 2 2 2 +2
2003-04 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 82 19 26 45 60 -3
2004-05 Czech Republic W-Cup 1 0 0 0 0 -1
2004-05 HC Slavia Praha CzRep 52 20 23 43 42 7 1 6 7 10
2004-05 Czech Republic WC-A 8 1 1 2 4 +3
2005-06 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 23 4 5 9 8 +3 8 0 0 0 2
2006-07 Nashville Predators NHL 38 4 9 13 29 +1
2006-07 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 25 2 7 9 22 -6
2007-08 New York Islanders NHL 81 16 19 35 53 +1
2008-09 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL 56 12 20 32 81 19 5 10 15 20
2008-09 Czech Republic WC-A 6 1 2 3 6 +2
2009-10 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL 56 21 27 48 54 17 6 7 13 26
2009-10 Czech Republic Olympics 5 0 0 0 2 -3
2010-11 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL 54 24 31 55 34 18 7 15 22 16
NHL Totals 460 77 106 183 311 37 5 2 7 14


Signed as a free agent by Slavia Praha (CzRep), September 17, 2004. Missed majority of 2005-06 due to knee injury sufferd in game at Florida, November 11, 2005. Traded to Nashville by Carolina for Scott Walker, July 18, 2006. Traded to Carolina by Nashville for Eric Belanger, February 9, 2007. Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, August 15, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Yaroslavl (KHL), July 4, 2008.