|Born||February 11, 1974,|
|5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
203 lb (92 kg; 14 st 7 lb)
HC Škoda Plzeň
HC Slavia Praha
Columbus Blue Jackets
Beast of New Haven
|Ntl. team||Czech Republic|
|NHL Draft||117th overall, 1998|
Jaroslav Špaček (Czech pronunciation: [ˈjaroslaf ˈʃpatʃɛk]; born on February 11, 1974 in Rokycany) is a Czech retired professional ice hockey defenceman. He was selected 117th overall in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft by Florida Panthers. He is currently the assistent coach for the HC Plzeň and for the Czech National Team.
Club career[edit | edit source]
Špaček played junior hockey for the HC Rokycany and made his senior debut in the 1992-93 season with the HC Škoda Plzeň of the 1. NHL. After the end of the 1992-93 season and after the dissolution of the Czechoslovakia, Špaček continued with the HC Škoda Plzeň (later HC Interconnex Plzeň and even later HC ZKZ Plzeň).
In the next season, Špaček played only for the Panthers. He played in 82 games in the regular season and in 4 games in the play-offs and he scored 36 points.
Špaček began the 2000-01 season with the Panthers, but was traded early in the season to the Chicago Blackhawks.
Špaček also began the 2001-02 season with Blackhawks. Close to the trade deadline, he was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets. He finished there the season and also played there next two years.
For the 2005-06 season, Špaček signed with the Chicago Blackhawks. On January 26, 2006, the Chicago Blackhawks traded Špaček to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Tony Salmelainen. In 2005–06, Špaček was part of the Cinderella Edmonton Oilers team that made a run to the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals. However, the Oilers lost in Game 7 of the finals to the Carolina Hurricanes. Špaček had three goals and 11 assists in the 2006 Playoffs. He was only one victory away of joining the Triple Gold Club.
On July 5, 2006, Špaček signed a three-year contract with the Buffalo Sabres. In the 2006–07 season, he helped the Sabres reach the Eastern Conference Finals. Špaček was named an alternate captain for the month of December 2007 and captain for the month of January under the Sabres 2007–08 rotating captain and alternate captains system. In the 2008–09 season, Špaček tied a career-high with 45 points in 80 games for the Sabres.
Špaček, as the assistant coach of the HC Plzeň, was forced into playing again in the final series of the Tipsport Extraliga due to injuries to Plzeň's defencemen, and he helped Plzeň to win its first-ever Tipsport Extraliga title.
International career[edit | edit source]
He was also a part of the gold-winning team at the 1998 Olympics.
In 2005, Špaček won his third World Championship gold medal at the 2005 World Championship.
Last time he represented the Czech Republic was at the 2006 Olympics where the Czech Republic won the bronze medal.
Career statistics[edit | edit source]
Regular season and playoffs[edit | edit source]
|1998–99||Beast of New Haven||AHL||14||4||8||12||15||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001–02||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||14||2||3||5||24||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||81||9||36||45||70||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||58||5||17||22||45||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||HC Slavia Praha||CZE||17||4||9||13||29||7||0||2||2||8|
International[edit | edit source]
|Competitor for Czech Republic|
|Junior int'l totals||7||2||0||2||8|
|Senior int'l totals||74||6||17||23||36|
Coaching and team staff career[edit | edit source]
|Assistant coach||HC Plzeň||2012 - 2016, 2017 - present|
|Assistant coach||Czech National Team||2014 - 2018, 2020 - present|
References[edit | edit source]
- Habs ink Jaroslav Spacek. Montreal Canadiens (2009-07-01). Archived from the original on 2009-07-04. Retrieved on 2009-07-13.
- Canadiens acquire Kaberle from Hurricanes for Spacek. ' 'TSN' ' (2011-12-09). Retrieved on 2011-12-09.
- "Spacek wanted at Philadelphia, What did he say? Ends career..." (in Czech). isport.cz (2012-11-19). Retrieved on 2012-11-19.
- Spacek named assistant coach
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|Awards and achievements|
|Buffalo Sabres captain