Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Martin Spanhel
Martin Spanhel was born July 1, 1977 in Zlin, Czech Republic. The sixth round, 152nd overall selection of the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, Spanhel came to North America in 1995-96 as a member of the WHL's Lethbridge Hurricanes.

The hulking winger played a mere six games in Lethbridge before joining the Moose Jaw Warriors. After only one season in the WHL, Spanhel returned to the Czech Republic where he played for four years before signing as a free agent with the Columbus Blue Jackets in the summer of 2000. Upon his arrival, Spanhel went on to split his first two seasons between the Blue Jackets and the team's AHL affiliate in Syracuse before returning yet again to the Czech Republic in 2002-03.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1994-95 AC ZPS Zlin Jr. CzRep-Jr. 33 25 16 41 0
1994-95 AC ZPS Zlin CzRep 1 0 0 0 0
1994-95 Czech Republic EJC-A 5 1 1 2 0
1995-96 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 6 1 0 1 0
1995-96 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 61 4 12 16 33
1996-97 AC ZPS Zlin CzRep 22 3 6 9 20
1996-97 Czech Republic WJC-A 6 2 0 2 0
1997-98 HC ZPS Barum Zlin CzRep 40 7 9 16 70
1998-99 HC Keramika Plzen CzRep 49 12 12 24 60 5 2 1 3 27
1999-00 HC Keramika Plzen CzRep 52 21 27 48 86 7 1 4 5 12
1999-00 Czech Republic WC-A 9 1 1 2 10 +1
2000-01 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 6 1 0 1 2 -1
2000-01 Syracuse Crunch AHL 67 11 13 24 75 0 2 0 0 0 8
2001-02 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 4 1 0 1 2 -2
2001-02 Syracuse Crunch AHL 50 7 12 19 43 +5
2002-03 HC Sparta Praha CzRep 40 5 5 10 46 8 1 0 1 6
2003-04 HIFK Helsinki Finland 36 2 11 13 22 0
2003-04 HC Lasselsberger Plzen CzRep 14 1 2 3 20 12 2 2 4 10
2004-05 Lillehammer IK Norway 17 9 8 17 56 3 2 1 3 2
2005-06 HC Sparta Praha CzRep 51 2 8 10 40 14 0 0 0 12
NHL Totals 10 2 0 2 4


Traded to San Jose by Philadelphia with Philadelphia's 1st round pick (later traded to Buffalo - later traded to Phoenix - Phoenix selected Daniel Briere) in 1996 NHL Draft and Philadelphia's 4th round pick (later traded to Buffalo - Buffalo selected Mike Martone) in 1996 NHL Draft for Pat Falloon, November 16, 1995. Traded to Buffalo by San Jose with Vaclav Varada 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. Signed as a free agent by Columbus, May 30, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Sparta Praha (CzRep) with Columbus retaining NHL rights, July 26, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Lillehammer (Norway), December 30, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Sparta Praha (Czech), September 6, 2005.
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