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Lukas Krajicek
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Born March 11, 1983 (1983-03-11) (age 36)
Prostějov, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
KHL team
Former teams
HC Dinamo Minsk
Florida Panthers
Vancouver Canucks
Tampa Bay Lightning
Philadelphia Flyers
HC Oceláři Třinec
National team Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic
NHL Draft 24th overall, 2001
Florida Panthers
Playing career 2002–present

Lukas Krajicek (born on March 11, 1983) is a Czech professional ice hockey defenceman who plays for HC Dinamo Minsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

He has previously played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Florida Panthers, Vancouver Canucks, Tampa Bay Lightning & the Philadelphia Flyers.

He also played in the Czech Extraliga for the HC Oceláři Třinec.

Playing CareerEdit

Lukas played major junior in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with the Peterborough Petes.

He posted 35 points in his draft year and was chosen in the first round (24th overall) by the Florida Panthers in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

Lukas remained with the Petes for another two seasons and improved to 53 points in 52 games in 2002–03, his final year of junior.

He split the 2003–04 season between the Panthers and their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage, then played the entirety of 2004–05 with the Rampage due to the NHL lockout.

When he returned, he earned a full-time roster spot with the Panthers and posted 16 points in 67 games.

On June 23, 2006, Lukas was traded to the Vancouver Canucks with Roberto Luongo and Florida's sixth-round choice (Sergei Shirokov) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft for Todd Bertuzzi, Bryan Allen and Alex Auld.

He matched his 16-point output of the previous season with the Canucks in 2006–07, but had his second season in Vancouver shortened due to injury.

On October 6, 2008, Lukas was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning with Juraj Simek for Shane O'Brien and Michel Ouellet.

On January 31, 2010, he was signed as a free agent by the Philadelphia Flyers after being released by Tampa Bay a week earlier.

On September 16, 2010, Lukas was signed as a free agent by Trinec in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

On May 27, 2010, he signed as a free agent by HC Dinamo Minsk of the KHL and quickly became one of the best defenceman there, forming the first pairing with the young player Dmitri Korobov.

Lukas is appreciated for his reliable and smart play in the defensive zone. He was awarded the title of the best defenceman of the first week of the KHL 2011-2012 championship.

Not long after that, Lukas was honored as a HC Dinamo player of the month for his performance during September as the Dinamo fans were choosing the recipient of the award.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 Peterborough Petes OHL 61 8 27 35 54 7 0 5 5 0
2001–02 Peterborough Petes OHL 55 10 32 42 56 6 0 5 5 6
2001–02 Florida Panthers NHL 5 0 0 0 0
2002–03 Peterborough Petes OHL 52 11 42 53 42 7 0 3 3 0
2002–03 San Antonio Rampage AHL 3 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 0
2003–04 San Antonio Rampage AHL 54 5 12 17 24
2003–04 Florida Panthers NHL 18 1 6 7 12
2004–05 San Antonio Rampage AHL 78 2 22 24 57
2005–06 Florida Panthers NHL 67 2 14 16 50
2006–07 Vancouver Canucks NHL 78 3 13 16 64 12 0 2 2 12
2007–08 Vancouver Canucks NHL 39 2 9 11 36
2008–09 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 71 2 17 19 48
2009–10 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 23 0 1 1 21
2009–10 Norfolk Admirals AHL 15 0 6 6 8
2009–10 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 27 1 1 2 14 22 0 3 3 8
2010–11 HC Oceláři Třinec CZE 48 6 14 20 84 18 3 4 7 22
2011–12 Dinamo Minsk KHL 40 2 12 14 34 4 0 0 0 6
2012–13 Dinamo Minsk KHL 51 2 6 8 66
NHL totals 328 11 61 72 245 34 0 5 5 20
KHL totals 91 4 18 22 100 4 0 0 0 6

International StatisticsEdit

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
2002 Czech Republic WJC 7 1 3 4 6
2003 Czech Republic WJC 6 2 2 4 2
2006 Czech Republic WC 9 0 0 0 8
2011 Czech Republic WC 8 0 1 1 8
2012 Czech Republic WC 10 1 3 4 6
Junior int'l totals 13 3 5 8 8
Senior int'l totals 27 1 4 5 22

International PlayEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic
World Championships
Silver 2006 Riga
Bronze 2011 Bratislava
Bronze 2012 Helsinki
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