Artūrs Kulda

Artūrs Kulda (born 25 July 1988) is a Latvian professional ice hockey player who is currently an unrestricted free agent. He most recently played for the Nürnberg Ice Tigers of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL). He is the older brother of Edgars Kulda.

Artūrs Kulda
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Born (1988-07-25) 25 July 1988 (age 33)
Leipzig, East Germany
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
team
Former teams
Free Agent
Atlanta Thrashers
Winnipeg Jets
Sibir Novosibirsk
Salavat Yulaev Ufa
Jokerit
Kunlun Red Star
HC Sparta Praha
Severstal Cherepovets
Dinamo Riga
Nürnberg Ice Tigers
National team  Latvia
NHL Draft 200th overall, 2006
Atlanta Thrashers
Playing career 2005–present

Playing careerEdit

Kulda was a seventh round 200th selection of the Atlanta Thrashers in 2006. He made his National Hockey League (NHL) debut with the Thrashers on 12 February 2010 against the Minnesota Wild.[1] He was a member of the Chicago Wolves' Calder Cup championship team in 2008.[2]

While playing for Latvia at the 2011 World Championships, in Bratislava, Slovakia, Kulda checked Radek Martínek of the Czech Republic into the boards, knocking him unconscious and requiring him to be hospitalized. Kulda was suspended three games for the hit because made contact with Martínek's head and left his feet to deliver the hit.[3]

In 15 July 2012, Kulda signed a one-year contract with Sibir Novosibirsk of the Kontinental Hockey League. At the end of 2012–13 season with Novosibirsk, Kulda signed a pro-rated one-year contract to return with the Winnipeg Jets of the NHL. Kulda did not dress for any game before returning abroad.

In 15 July 2013 Kulda signed a two-year contract with his second KHL club, Salavat Yulaev Ufa.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006–07 Peterborough Petes OHL 58 2 9 11 83
2007–08 Peterborough Petes OHL 55 7 27 34 87 5 1 3 4 6
2007–08 Chicago Wolves AHL 5 0 1 1 10 21 1 4 5 32
2008–09 Chicago Wolves AHL 57 1 14 15 59
2009–10 Chicago Wolves AHL 66 6 19 25 46 14 1 4 5 8
2009–10 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 4 0 2 2 2
2010–11 Chicago Wolves AHL 69 5 12 17 73
2010–11 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 2 0 0 0 2
2011–12 St. John's IceCaps AHL 63 6 14 20 62 13 0 1 1 8
2011–12 Winnipeg Jets NHL 9 0 0 0 4
2012–13 Sibir Novosibirsk KHL 50 9 6 15 55 7 0 1 1 0
2013–14 Salavat Yulaev Ufa KHL 43 1 9 10 42 18 1 4 5 18
2014–15 Salavat Yulaev Ufa KHL 45 4 5 9 28 5 0 0 0 2
2015–16 Jokerit KHL 42 1 5 6 36 6 0 0 0 4
2016–17 Jokerit KHL 44 0 11 11 28 3 0 1 1 4
2017–18 Kunlun Red Star KHL 47 2 4 6 33
2017–18 HC Sparta Praha ELH 3 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 2
2018–19 Severstal Cherepovets KHL 59 2 5 7 42
2019–20 Dinamo Riga KHL 6 0 2 2 0
2019–20 Severstal Cherepovets KHL 20 1 4 5 8
2020–21 Nürnberg Ice Tigers DEL 33 1 17 18 40
NHL totals 15 0 2 2 8
KHL totals 356 20 51 71 272 39 1 6 7 28

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
2004 Latvia WJC18-D1 5 0 1 1 6
2005 Latvia WJC18-D1 5 0 2 2 18
2006 Latvia WJC18-D1 5 1 2 3 12
2006 Latvia WJC 6 0 1 1 6
2007 Latvia WJC-D1 5 0 2 2 27
2008 Latvia WJC-D1 5 1 4 5 12
2010 Latvia WC 3 0 0 0 2
2011 Latvia WC 3 0 0 0 6
2013 Latvia OGQ 3 0 0 0 0
2013 Latvia WC 7 1 1 2 8
2014 Latvia OG 5 0 1 1 2
2014 Latvia WC 6 4 1 5 4
2016 Latvia OGQ 3 0 0 0 0
2017 Latvia WC 7 0 1 1 6
2019 Latvia WC 7 0 1 1 2
2021 Latvia WC 4 0 0 0 2
Junior totals 31 2 12 14 81
Senior totals 48 5 5 10 32

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Thrashers 3, Wild 2". National Hockey League. 13 February 2010. Retrieved 19 February 2010.
  2. ^ Atchue, A. J. (15 February 2010). "Kulda learning from the best in Chicago". National Hockey League. Retrieved 19 February 2010.
  3. ^ "Kulda suspended for three games". International Ice Hockey Federation. 17 May 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2011.

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