Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ales Kotalik
Ales Kotalik was born December 23, 1978 in Jindrichuv Hradec, Czech Republic. The 6th choice, 164th overall selection of the Buffalo Sabres in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Kotalik came to North America after spending the previous four years in the Czech Republic as a member of HC Budejovice Czech.

The Jindrichuv Hradec, Czech Republic native led his club team in goals (19), assists (29) and total points (48) during the 2000-01 season before joining the Sabres organization in 2001-02.

In his first season of professional hockey in North America, Kotalik recorded 43 points with the Sabres AHL affiliate in Rochester and caught the eye of the Sabres brass with his strong play which earned him 13 games with the parent club during the season. Kotalik played the entire 2002-03 season with the Buffalo Sabres and had an outstanding rookie season, rating in the top five in both goals and points by a rookie.

On the international stage, Kotalik represented Czech Republic in the 2006 Winter Olympics and the 2008 World Championships.

After parts of seven seasons in Buffalo, where he collected over one hundred goals, Kotalik was traded to Edmonton at the trade deadline in 2009 in exchange for a second round pick in 2009.

In the summer of 2009, as an unrestricted free agent, Kotalik would be on the move again. this time signing with the New York Rangers. Surprisingly, Kotalik's time on Broadway would be short-lived. On February 2, 2010, he was traded along with teammate Christopher Higgins to the Calgary Flames in exchange for Olli Jokinen and Brandon Prust.

In the summer of 2011, Kotalik was on the move again. This time to the Buffalo Sabres along with Robyn Regehr in exchange for Chris Butler and Paul Byron.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1993-94 HC Ceske Budejovice Jr. CzRep-Jr. 28 12 12 24
1994-95 HC Ceske Budejovice Jr. CzRep-Jr. 36 26 17 43
1995-96 HC Ceske Budejovice Jr. CzRep-Jr. 28 6 7 13
1996-97 HC Ceske Budejovice Jr. CzRep-Jr. 36 15 16 31 24
1997-98 HC Ceske Budejovice CzRep 47 9 7 16 14
1998-99 HC Ceske Budejovice CzRep 41 8 13 21 16 3 0 0 0
1999-00 HC Ceske Budejovice CzRep 43 7 12 19 34 3 0 1 1 6
2000-01 HC Ceske Budejovice CzRep 52 19 29 48 54
2001-02 Buffalo Sabres NHL 13 1 3 4 2 -1
2001-02 Rochester Americans AHL 68 18 25 43 55 -2 1 0 0 0 0
2002-03 Buffalo Sabres NHL 68 21 14 35 30 -2
2002-03 Rochester Americans AHL 8 0 2 2 4 -5
2003-04 Buffalo Sabres NHL 62 15 11 26 41 -1
2004-05 HC Bili Tygri Liberec CzRep 25 8 8 16 46 12 2 5 7 12
2005-06 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 25 37 62 62 -3 18 4 7 11 8
2005-06 Czech Republic Olympics 4 0 0 0 0 0
2006-07 Buffalo Sabres NHL 66 16 22 38 46 -5 16 2 2 4 8
2007-08 Buffalo Sabres NHL 79 23 20 43 58 -5
2007-08 Czech Republic WC-A 7 5 2 7 0 -1
2008-09 Buffalo Sabres NHL 56 13 19 32 28 -7
2008-09 Edmonton Oilers NHL 19 7 4 11 6 +2
2008-09 Czech Republic WC-A 7 2 1 3 4 0
2009-10 New York Rangers NHL 45 8 14 22 38 -18
2009-10 Calgary Flames NHL 26 3 2 5 29 +1
2010-11 Calgary Flames NHL 26 4 2 6 8 -7
2010-11 Abbotsford Heat AHL 25 6 16 22 10 +6
2011-12 HC Mountfield Ceske Budejovice CzRep 30 8 16 24 20 5 1 3 4 0
2012-13 HC Mountfield Ceske Budejovice CzRep 51 14 22 36 70 5 0 1 1 16
NHL Totals 542 136 148 284 348 34 6 9 15 16


Signed as a free agent by Liberec (CzRep), September 6, 2004. Traded to Edmonton by Buffalo for Carolina's 2nd round pick (previously acquired, later traded to Toronto - Toronto selected Jesse Blacker) in 2009 NHL Draft, March 4, 2009. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, July 9, 2009. Traded to Calgary by NY Rangers with Chris Higgins for Olli Jokinen and Brandon Prust, February 2, 2010. Traded to Buffalo by Calgary with Robyn Regehr and Calgary's 2nd round pick (Jake McCabe) in 2012 NHL Draft for Chris Butler and Paul Byron, June 25, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Ceske Budajovice (CzRep), October 7, 2011.
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