Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Karlis Skrastins
Karlis Skrastins was born in Riga, Latvia on July 9th, 1974 and played three seasons in his homeland, then three more in Finland before he came to North America to peruse his NHL career. Skrastins turned pro with the Milwaukee Admirals of the International Hockey League and midway through that season was summoned to the NHL by the Nashville Predators.

A stay-at-home defenceman, Skrastins made his NHL debut during the 1998-99 season and in 1999-00 went on to play the better part of the season with the Preds'. After getting his feet wet for two seasons, Skrastins became an NHL regular in 2000-01, playing all 82 games for Nashville as part of their starting six defensive unit.

After two more seasons with Nashville, Skrastins was dealt to the Colorado Avalanche in the summer of 2003. He appeared in all 82 games with the Avs the following season and during the NHL lockout he returned home to Latvia. When the league returned to action in 2005-06, Skrastins would collect 3 goals, 11 assists, for 14 points, nearly matching his career high totals. The following season Skrastins made NHL history by breaking the record for consecutive games played by a defenseman. Skrastins appeared in 478 straight games, eclipsing the previous mark of 486 set by Tim Horton with the Maple Leafs. However, his streak came to an end at 495 games when he was held out of the lineup due to an injury to his knee.

The stay-at-home defenseman was dealt the following season at the 2008 NHL trading deadline to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Ruslan Salei.

On the international stage, Skrastins represented his homeland at the World Championships (1999-2001 and 2005) and the Winter Olympics (2002).


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1992-93 Pardaugava Riga CIS 40 3 5 8 16 2 0 0 0 0
1992-93 Latvia WC-C 7 1 6 7 0
1992-93 Latvia Oly-Q 4 1 1 2 2
1993-94 Pardaugava Riga CIS 42 7 5 12 18 2 1 0 1 4
1993-94 Latvia WJC-C 4 1 5 6 33
1993-94 Latvia WC-B 7 3 5 8 0
1994-95 Pardaugava Riga CIS 52 4 14 18 69
1994-95 Latvia WC-B 7 1 1 2 4
1995-96 TPS Turku Finland 50 4 11 15 32 11 2 2 4 10
1995-96 Latvia WC-B 7 2 2 4 8
1996-97 TPS Turku Finland 50 2 8 10 20 12 0 4 4 2
1996-97 TPS Turku EuroHL 6 0 1 1 4 4 0 0 0 14
1996-97 Latvia WC-A 8 0 3 3 4
1997-98 TPS Turku Finland 48 4 15 19 67 4 0 0 0 0
1997-98 TPS Turku EuroHL 6 0 1 1 6
1998-99 Nashville Predators NHL 2 0 1 1 0 0
1998-99 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 75 8 36 44 47 -15 2 0 1 1 2
1998-99 Latvia WC-A 6 1 1 2 6
1999-00 Nashville Predators NHL 59 5 6 11 20 -7
1999-00 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 19 3 8 11 10 -6
1999-00 Latvia WC-A 7 1 2 3 4 0
2000-01 Nashville Predators NHL 82 1 11 12 30 -12
2000-01 Latvia WC-A 6 3 0 3 0 +3
2001-02 Nashville Predators NHL 82 4 13 17 36 -12
2001-02 Latvia Olympics 1 0 0 0 0 -1
2002-03 Nashville Predators NHL 82 3 10 13 44 -18
2002-03 Latvia WC-A 6 3 3 6 27 +1
2003-04 Colorado Avalanche NHL 82 5 8 13 26 +18 11 0 2 2 2
2004-05 HK Riga 2000 Latvia 4 0 4 4 0 9 3 10 13 33
2004-05 HK Riga 2000 BelOpen 34 8 17 25 30 3 0 0 0 25
2004-05 Latvia Oly-Q 3 1 0 1 0 0
2004-05 Latvia WC-A 6 2 0 2 2 -3
2005-06 Colorado Avalanche NHL 82 3 11 14 65 -7 9 0 1 1 10
2005-06 Latvia Olympics 5 0 1 1 0 -1
2006-07 Colorado Avalanche NHL 68 0 11 11 30 0
2007-08 Colorado Avalanche NHL 43 1 3 4 20 -2
2007-08 Florida Panthers NHL 17 1 0 1 12 -9
2008-09 Florida Panthers NHL 80 4 14 18 30 +9
2009-10 Dallas Stars NHL 79 2 11 13 24 -4
2009-10 Latvia Olympics 4 0 0 0 0 -3
2010-11 Dallas Stars NHL 74 3 5 8 38 -1
NHL Totals 832 32 104 136 375 20 0 3 3 12


Traded to Colorado by Nashville for Colorado's 3rd round choice (later traded to Ottawa - Ottawa selected Peter Regin Jensen) in 2004 Entry Draft, June 30, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Riga (Latvia), September 25, 2004. Traded to Florida by Colorado with Colorado's 3rd round choice (Adam Comrie) in 2008 Entry Draft for Ruslan Salei, February 26, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Dallas, July 2, 2009.