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Pavel Kubina (born April 15, 1977) is a Czech former professional ice hockey defenceman who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs, Atlanta Thrashers and Philadelphia Flyers.

Pavel Kubina
Pavel Kubina Maple Leafs.jpg
Kubina with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2008.
Born (1977-04-15) April 15, 1977 (age 42)
Čeladná, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Right
Played for Tampa Bay Lightning
Toronto Maple Leafs
Atlanta Thrashers
Philadelphia Flyers
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 179th overall, 1996
Tampa Bay Lightning
Playing career 1993–2013

Playing careerEdit

Kubina began his professional career with HC Vítkovice of the Czech Extraliga. He played there for four seasons, during which he was drafted in the seventh round of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Later in 1996, Kubina moved to Canada to join the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League (WHL), with which he scored 44 points in 61 games during the 1996–97 season. He made his NHL debut in the 1997–98 season, although he spent most of the year playing for the Adirondack Red Wings of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Kubina spent most of the next season in the NHL, scoring 21 points, while playing occasionally in the International Hockey League (IHL) for the Cleveland Lumberjacks. By the 1999–2000 season, Kubina had cemented his position in the Lightning's lineup, scoring 26 points during the season.

Kubina scored 30 and 34 points in the 2000–01 and 2001–02 seasons respectively. In the 2003–04 season, he was named to the NHL All-Star Game and won the Stanley Cup with Tampa Bay over the Calgary Flames in the Finals.

On July 1, 2006, Kubina signed a four-year, $20 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was suspended by the NHL for the first game of the 2006–07 season for cross-checking the Detroit Red Wings' Jiří Hudler in a pre-season game.[1]

 
Kubina in 2007.

On July 1, 2009, Kubina was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers (along with Tim Stapleton) in exchange for Garnet Exelby and Colin Stuart.

On July 2, 2010, Kubina returned to the Tampa Bay Lightning, signing a two-year contract valued at $7.7 million worth approximately $3.85 million annually. On March 9, 2011, Kubina was suspended three games for an elbow on Chicago Blackhawks forward Dave Bolland.

On February 18, 2012, Kubina was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Jon Kalinski, a second-round pick in either the 2012 or 2013 NHL Entry Draft and a fourth-round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He finished the 2011–12 season with 4 points in 17 games with the Flyers.

On September 15, 2012, Kubina left the NHL to join Genève-Servette HC of the Swiss National Liga A.

On December 20, 2013, Kubina announced his retirement from professional hockey.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1993–94 HC Vítkovice CZE Jr 35 4 3 7
1993–94 HC Vítkovice ELH 1 0 0 0 0
1994–95 HC Vítkovice CZE Jr 20 6 10 16
1994–95 HC Vítkovice ELH 8 2 0 2 10
1995–96 HC Vítkovice CZE Jr 16 5 10 15
1995–96 HC Vítkovice ELH 33 3 3 6 32 4 0 0 0 0
1996–97 HC Vítkovice ELH 1 0 0 0 0
1996–97 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 61 12 32 44 116 11 2 5 7 27
1997–98 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 55 4 8 12 86 1 1 0 1 14
1997–98 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 10 1 2 3 22
1998–99 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 68 9 12 21 80
1998–99 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 6 2 2 4 16
1999–2000 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 69 8 18 26 93
2000–01 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 70 11 19 30 103
2001–02 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 82 11 23 34 106
2002–03 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 75 3 19 22 78 11 0 0 0 12
2003–04 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 81 17 18 35 85 22 0 4 4 50
2004–05 HC Vítkovice ELH 28 5 5 10 46 12 4 6 10 34
2005–06 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 76 5 33 38 96 5 1 1 2 26
2006–07 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 61 7 14 21 48
2007–08 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 72 11 29 40 116
2008–09 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 14 26 40 94
2009–10 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 76 6 32 38 66
2010–11 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 79 4 19 23 62 8 2 1 3 10
2011–12 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 52 3 8 11 59
2011–12 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 17 0 4 4 15 5 0 1 1 12
2012–13 Genève-Servette HC NLA 3 0 1 1 4 1 0 0 0 0
ELH totals 70 10 8 18 88 16 4 6 10 34
NHL totals 970 110 276 386 1123 51 3 7 10 110

InternationalEdit

Medal record
Representing   Czech Republic
  2006 Torino
World Championships
  1999 Oslo
  2001 Nuremberg
  2005 Vienna
Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1996 Czech Republic WJC 6 0 2 2 8
1999 Czech Republic WC 10 2 6 8 12
2001 Czech Republic WC 9 2 3 5 18
2002 Czech Republic OG 4 0 1 1 0
2002 Czech Republic WC 7 3 4 7 8
2005 Czech Republic WC 9 2 2 4 10
2006 Czech Republic OG 8 1 1 2 12
2010 Czech Republic OG 5 0 0 0 2
Senior totals 52 10 17 27 62

After HockeyEdit

Pavel Kubina after retiring from Professional Hockey started his own business. He has always had a passion for cars and opened up Private Allstar Cars in 2014. Private Allstar Cars is a car dealership that specializes in luxury, sports, classic and exotic cars. Private Allstar Cars is Located in St. Petersburg,Fl not far from where he spent most of his career with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Personal lifeEdit

He and his wife, Andrea, welcomed their first child, a girl, Tereza on November 9, 2006, in the Czech Republic. [1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kubina suspended one game". Toronto Sun. 2006. Retrieved 2006-10-02.

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