Róbert Švehla
Róbert Švehla
Position Defenceman
Shoots Right
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
210 lb (95 kg)
Teams Czech Extraliga
HC Dukla Trenčín
Malmö IF
Florida Panthers
Toronto Maple Leafs
Born January 2 1969 (1969-01-02) (age 51),
Martin, Slovakia
NHL Draft 78th overall, 1992
Calgary Flames
Pro Career 1990 – 2003

Róbert Švehla born January 2, 1969 in Martin, Slovakia) is a Slovak retired professional ice hockey defenceman who played in the NHL for 9 seasons from 1995 until 2003.

Career Edit

Švehla was drafted 78th overall by the Calgary Flames in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft, but he did not play a game for them before moving on to the Florida Panthers. Švehla played 8 seasons with the Panthers before moving to the Toronto Maple Leafs for his final season. Švehla played 655 career NHL games, scoring 68 goals and 267 assists for 335 points. His best offensive season was the 1995–96 season when he registered career highs in assists (49) and points (57).

Švehla was also strong defensively and was a willing bodychecker. He led the NHL in hits on multiple occasions during his time in Florida. Despite this, Švehla was a durable player missing only 6 games during his final 8 seasons in the NHL.

Svehla controversially wore number 67 while a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs. It was controversial because the Leafs haven’t won the cup since 1967 and some fans thought he was mocking them. The real reason Svehla chose this number was due to the Maple Leafs organization calling him in the middle of the night while he was at home in Slovakia. The Leafs gave a list of numbers and Svehla chose 67 while half asleep. This might not have been the case if the Maple Leafs had taken into consideration the time zone difference.

Olympic medal record
Men's ice hockey
Bronze 1992 Albertville Ice hockey

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1990–91Dukla TrenčínCS521482261
1992–93Malmö IFSEL4019102986
1993–94Malmö IFSEL37142539127
1994–95Florida PanthersNHL51120
1994–95Malmö IFSEL321113248392356
1995–96Florida PanthersNHL8184957942206632
1996–97Florida PanthersNHL821332458651454
1997–98Florida PanthersNHL7993443113
1998–99Florida PanthersNHL808293783
1999–00Florida PanthersNHL82940496440114
2000–01Florida PanthersNHL826222876
2001–02Florida PanthersNHL827222987
2002–03Toronto Maple LeafsNHL82738454670332
NHL totals 655 68 267 335 649 38 1 14 15 42

Coaching career Edit

On 14 January 2009, Švehla joined HC Dukla Trenčín and signed a contract as assistant coach.

References Edit

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Bedřich Ščerban
Golden Hockey Stick
Succeeded by
Milos Holan

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