Libor Polášek

Libor Polášek (born April 22, 1974) is a retired Czech professional ice hockey centre. He has been described by some Vancouver Canucks fans and journalists as one of the worst first-round draft picks made by that NHL team.[1][2]

Libor Polášek
Born (1974-04-22) April 22, 1974 (age 48)
Nový Jičín, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 226 lb (103 kg; 16 st 2 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Hamilton Canucks
South Carolina Stingrays
Syracuse Crunch
HC Vítkovice
HC Slavia Praha
HC Opava
HC Plzeň
MsHK Žilina
HKm Zvolen
HC Košice
Dubnica Spartak HC
HC Vsetín
NHL Draft 21st overall, 1992
Vancouver Canucks
Playing career 1991–2007

Playing careerEdit

The Canucks selected Polasek ahead of their next selection Michael Peca (who played more than 860 NHL regular-season games).[3] The team hoped that the tall (6’4") Czech center would develop into a Mark Messier-like player. Instead, Polasek had difficulty making an impact even at the minor-league level.

He scored a total of just 18 goals over two seasons (1992–1994) playing with the Hamilton Canucks farm team in the AHL. In the AHL playoffs in 1993–94, he scored no goals in three games during Hamilton’s four-games first-round loss to Cornwall.

After a goal-less seven-game stint in the ECHL in 1994–95, he returned to the AHL with the new Canuck affiliate Syracuse Crunch and scored just two goals in 45 games. In 1995–96, he played 19 games in the Czech league then returned to the Crunch for eight more goal-less games. He returned to Europe and in almost a decade of playing for Czech and Slovak teams he scored just 41 goals from 1996–97 to 2005–06.

Performance receptionEdit

According to CNNSI.com’s 2001 profile of Canuck draft busts, "Polasek fared worse than the previous three (first-round busts Dan Woodley, Jason Herter and Alek Stojanov) combined -- he never played in an NHL game. In fact, one is hard-pressed to even find statistics on Polasek in many hockey annals."[4]

The Vancouver Sun’s Iain MacIntyre also wrote in 2001 that if "nuclear winter" set in due to the Canuck draft record in the 80s, then the team "detonated the H-bomb on themselves in 1992 in the form of Libor Polasek, who soon vanished. Not so the Canucks' reputation for picking more duds than CBS programmers."

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1991–92 TJ Vítkovice TCH 15 2 2 4 2 0 0 0
1992–93 Hamilton Canucks AHL 60 7 12 19 34
1993–94 Hamilton Canucks AHL 76 11 12 23 40 3 0 0 0 0
1994–95 Syracuse Crunch AHL 45 2 8 10 16
1994–95 South Carolina Stingrays ECHL 7 0 0 0 6
1995–96 Syracuse Crunch AHL 8 0 2 2 6
1995–96 HC Vítkovice ELH 19 4 5 9 26 3 0 0 0 2
1996–97 HC Vítkovice ELH 23 4 4 8 56
1996–97 HC Slavia Praha ELH 12 3 1 4 55
1997–98 HC Vítkovice ELH 47 10 9 19 52 11 3 4 7 24
1998–99 HC Opava ELH 35 5 6 11 80
1998–99 HC Vítkovice ELH 8 2 1 3 39
1999–2000 HC Vítkovice ELH 27 7 8 15 44
2000–01 HC Vítkovice ELH 36 3 6 9 54
2000–01 HC Keramika Plzeň ELH 10 2 1 3 6
2001–02 IF Sundsvall Hockey SWE.2 35 13 11 24 67
2002–03 HC Ytong Brno CZE.2 36 9 15 24 73
2003–04 HK 32 Liptovský Mikuláš SVK 37 3 8 11 51
2003–04 HKM Zvolen SVK 8 2 3 5 18 17 2 2 4 39
2004–05 HC Kosice SVK 15 0 0 0 22
2004–05 Spartak Dubnica nad Váhom SVK 19 0 1 1 10
2005–06 Vsetínská hokejová ELH 2 0 0 0 0
2005–06 HC Sareza Ostrava CZE.2 37 10 8 18 77
2006–07 HC Sareza Ostrava CZE.2 3 0 3 3 0
2006–07 HC Bobři Valašské Meziříčí CZE.3 3 0 1 1 2
2007–08 HC Kopřivnice CZE.4
2008–09 HC Kopřivnice CZE.4
2009–10 HC Kopřivnice CZE.4 3 2 1 3
AHL totals 189 20 34 54 96 3 0 0 0 0
ELH totals 234 42 43 85 412 16 3 4 7 26

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1992 Czechoslovakia EJC 6 2 0 2 2

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ C-Mac (January 1, 2012). "Moments In Time: Our Choices! The WORST Canucks Draft Picks". nwsportsbeat.com. Retrieved 1 August 2014. Hands down, Polasek reigns as the absolute worst Canucks pick of all time
  2. ^ "The long and short of Canucks' draft history". Vancouver Sun Puckworld blog. June 21, 2012. Retrieved August 1, 2014.
  3. ^ "Libor Polasek". Montreal Gazette. April 3, 2014.
  4. ^ "Say it ain't so: Transactions that broke our hearts". Sports Illustrated. August 8, 2001.

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Preceded by Vancouver Canucks first round draft pick
1992
Succeeded by