Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jaroslav Spacek
Born in Rokycany, Czechoslovakia, Jaroslav Spacek starred for ZKZ Plzen for several years before joining Sweden's Farjestads in 1997-98. He was selected 117th overall by the Florida Panthers in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft and played 63 games as an NHL rookie the following year. In 1999-00 he scored ten goals and averaged nearly 23 minutes per game.

An offensively skilled defenceman with a hard shot from the point, Spacek was sent to the Chicago Blackhawks for Anders Eriksson early in the 2000-01 season. Spacek went on to play parts of two seasons with the Blackhawks before he was acquired by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the latter stages of the 2001-02 season. In his first full season with the Blue Jackets in 2002-03 Spacek established a career high in points with 45 before missing a good portion of the 2003-04 season due to injury.

Following the lockout season in 2004-05, Spacek returned to the Blackhawks lineup, but on January 26, 2006 he was dealt to the Edmonton Oilers exchange for Tony Salmelainen. With the Oilers, Spacek was part of a magical playoff run that saw the eight place Oilers go all the way to game seven of the Stanley Cup Final before losing in heartbreaking fashion to the Carolina Hurricanes.

In the summer of 2006, Spacek found himself an unrestricted free agent and signed a three-year deal with the Buffalo Sabres. In Buffalo, Spacek continued his steady, if unspectacular play. He tied a career high with 45 points in 2008-09 and offered consistent leadership from the back end, even serving as captain for the month of January in the Sabres rotating captains system. On July 1, 2009, Spacek found himself on the move again. This time he signed on with the Montreal Canadiens as a free agent, inking a three-year deal.

On the international stage Spacek has represented his homeland on numerous occasions including twice at the Winter Olympics (1998 and 2002), five times at the World Championships (1999, 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005)and once at the World Cup of Hockey (2004).


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1992-93 HC Skoda Plzen Czech 16 1 3 4
1993-94 HC Skoda Plzen CzRep 34 2 6 8
1993-94 Czech Republic WJC-A 7 2 0 2 8
1994-95 HC Interconex Plzen CzRep 38 4 8 12 14 3 1 0 1 2
1995-96 HC ZKZ Plzen CzRep 40 3 10 13 42 3 0 1 1 4
1996-97 HC ZKZ Plzen CzRep 52 9 29 38 44
1997-98 Farjestads BK Karlstad Sweden 45 10 16 26 63 12 2 5 7 14
1997-98 Farjestads BK Karlstad EuroHL 6 2 3 5 2
1997-98 Czech Republic Olympics 6 0 0 0 4
1998-99 Florida Panthers NHL 63 3 12 15 28 +15
1998-99 Beast of New Haven AHL 14 4 8 12 15 -1
1998-99 Czech Republic WC-A 12 1 5 6 8
1999-00 Florida Panthers NHL 82 10 26 36 53 +7 4 0 0 0 0
2000-01 Florida Panthers NHL 12 2 1 3 8 -4
2000-01 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 50 5 18 23 20 +7
2000-01 Czech Republic WC-A 9 0 3 3 4 +7
2001-02 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 60 3 10 13 29 +5
2001-02 Czech Republic Olympics 4 0 0 0 0 +1
2001-02 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 14 2 3 5 24 -9
2001-02 Czech Republic WC-A 7 1 2 3 8 +9
2002-03 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 81 9 36 45 70 -23
2002-03 Czech Republic WC-A 9 1 5 6 4 +10
2003-04 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 58 5 17 22 45 -13
2003-04 Czech Republic WC-A 6 2 1 3 6 +1
2004-05 Czech Republic W-Cup 4 0 0 0 0 0
2004-05 HC Lasselsberger Plzen CzRep 30 3 8 11 26
2004-05 HC Slavia Praha CzRep 17 4 9 13 29 7 0 2 2 8
2004-05 Czech Republic WC-A 9 1 0 1 0 +3
2005-06 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 45 7 17 24 72 +8
2005-06 Edmonton Oilers NHL 31 5 14 19 24 +3 24 3 11 14 24
2005-06 Czech Republic Olympics 8 0 1 1 2 -4
2006-07 Buffalo Sabres NHL 65 5 16 21 62 +20 16 0 0 0 10
2007-08 Buffalo Sabres NHL 60 9 23 32 42 +7
2008-09 Buffalo Sabres NHL 80 8 37 45 38 +2
2009-10 Montreal Canadiens NHL 74 3 18 21 50 +9 10 1 3 4 6
2010-11 Montreal Canadiens NHL 59 1 15 16 45 +9 7 0 0 0 4
2011-12 Montreal Canadiens NHL 12 0 3 3 2 +2
2011-12 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 34 5 7 12 6 +4
2012-13 HC Skoda Plzen CzRep 3 0 1 1 0
NHL Totals 880 82 273 355 618 61 4 14 18 44


Traded to Chicago by Florida for Anders Eriksson, November 6, 2000. Traded to Columbus by Chicago with Chicago's 2nd round pick (Dan Fritsche) in 2003 NHL Draft for Lyle Odelein, March 19, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Plzen (CzRep), September 17, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Slavia Praha (CzRep), January 4, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Chicago, August 3, 2005. Traded to Edmonton by Chicago for Tony Salmelainen, January 26, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Buffalo, July 5, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Montreal, July 1, 2009. Traded to Carolina by Montreal for Tomas Kaberle, December 9, 2011. Officially announced his retirement, November 19, 2012.
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