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Petr Svoboda (born February 14, 1966) is a Czech former professional ice hockey defenceman who played 17 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Montreal Canadiens, Buffalo Sabres, Philadelphia Flyers and Tampa Bay Lightning. He was the first Czech to play over 1,000 games in the NHL. He is currently working as a sports agent in Santa Monica, California.

Petr Svoboda
Born (1966-02-14) February 14, 1966 (age 53)
Most, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for CHZ Litvínov
Montreal Canadiens
Buffalo Sabres
Philadelphia Flyers
Tampa Bay Lightning
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 5th overall, 1984
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 1982–2001

Playing careerEdit

In 1984, Svoboda had participated in the world Under-18 ice hockey championships in then-West Germany as a part of the Czechoslovak team, and after playing one game, he defected to the West in order to play hockey at a higher professional level. That spring, he was selected fifth overall in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens. His career highlights include winning the Stanley Cup with the Canadiens in 1986, and participating with the Czech team in the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, where he scored the only goal in the gold medal game against Russia. He retired from professional hockey in 2001 and now works as a player agent.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1982–83 TJ CHZ Litvínov TCH 4 0 0 0 2
1983–84 TJ CHZ Litvínov TCH 18 3 1 4 20
1984–85 Montréal Canadiens NHL 73 4 27 31 65 7 1 1 2 12
1985–86 Montréal Canadiens NHL 73 1 18 19 93 8 0 0 0 21
1986–87 Montréal Canadiens NHL 70 5 17 22 63 14 0 5 5 10
1987–88 Montréal Canadiens NHL 69 7 22 29 149 10 0 5 5 12
1988–89 Montréal Canadiens NHL 71 8 37 45 147 21 1 11 12 16
1989–90 Montréal Canadiens NHL 60 5 31 36 98 10 0 5 5 2
1990–91 Montréal Canadiens NHL 60 4 22 26 52 2 0 1 1 2
1991–92 Montréal Canadiens NHL 58 5 16 21 94
1991–92 Buffalo Sabres NHL 13 1 6 7 52 7 1 4 5 6
1992–93 Buffalo Sabres NHL 40 2 24 26 59
1993–94 Buffalo Sabres NHL 60 2 14 16 89 3 0 0 0 4
1994–95 HC Litvínov, s.r.o. ELH 8 2 0 2 50
1994–95 Buffalo Sabres NHL 26 0 5 5 60
1994–95 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 11 0 3 3 10 14 0 4 4 8
1995–96 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 73 1 28 29 105 12 0 6 6 22
1996–97 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 67 2 12 14 94 16 1 2 3 16
1997–98 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 56 3 15 18 83 3 0 1 1 4
1998–99 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 25 4 2 6 28
1998–99 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 34 1 16 17 53
1999–00 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 70 2 23 25 170
2000–01 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 19 1 3 4 41
NHL totals 1028 58 341 399 1605 127 4 45 49 135

InternationalEdit

Olympic medal record
Men's Ice hockey
  1998 Nagano Ice hockey
Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1983 Czechoslovakia EJC 5 0 0 0 8
1984 Czechoslovakia WJC 7 0 4 4 16
1984 Czechoslovakia EJC 5 1 1 2 16
1998 Czech Republic OG 6 1 1 2 39
Junior totals 17 1 5 6 40
Senior totals 6 1 1 2 39

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