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Pavel Kubina
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Born April 15, 1977 (1977-04-15) (age 42)
Celadna, Czech Republic
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 258 lb (117 kg; 18 st 6 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
Played for Genève-Servette
HC Vítkovice
Tampa Bay Lightning
Toronto Maple Leafs
Atlanta Thrashers
Philadelphia Flyers
National team Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic
NHL Draft 179th overall, 1996
Tampa Bay Lightning
Playing career 1993–2013

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

Playing CareerEdit

Pavel started 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, he came to Canada to play for the Moose Jaw Warriors of the WHL, and scored 44 points in 61 games.

Pavel got his first taste of NHL action in the 1997–98 NHL season, although he spent most of his time playing for the Adirondack Red Wings of the American Hockey League.

He then spent most of the next season in the NHL, tallying a total of 21 points, while playing occasionally in the International Hockey League for the Cleveland Lumberjacks.

By the 1999–2000 NHL season, Pavel had cemented his position in the Lightning's lineup and notched 26 points for them. He had 30 points in the 2000–01 campaign and 34 in 2001–02.

In the 2003–04 season, he won the Stanley Cup.

On July 1, 2006, Pavel signed a deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs for four years at $20 million.

He was suspended by the NHL for the first game of the 2006–07 season for cross-checking Detroit's Jiri Hudler in a preseason game.

On July 1, 2009, Pavel was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers with the rights to Tim Stapleton for Garnet Exelby and Colin Stuart.

On July 2, 2010, he returned to the Tampa Bay Lightning, signing a two-year contract valued at $7.7 million (roughly $3.85 million per year).

On March 9, 2011, Pavel was suspended three games for an elbow on Chicago Blackhawks forward Dave Bolland.

On February 18, 2012, he was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers for Jon Kalinski, a 2012 or 2013 2nd-round draft pick and a 2013 4th-round draft pick. He finished the season with four points in 17 games with the Flyers.

On September 15, 2012, Pavel signed with HC Vitkovice in the Czech Extraliga and on December 20, 2013, he announced his retirement.

Post-Playing CareerEdit

After retiring from professional hockey, Pavel started his own business in 2014 called Private Allstar Cars (located in St. Petersburg, Florida).

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 Czech 1 0 0 0 0
1994–95 HC Vítkovice Czech 12 2 0 2 0
1995–96 HC Vítkovice Czech 33 3 4 7 32 4 0 0 0 0
1996–97 HC Vítkovice Czech 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
1999–00 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 Czech 28 6 5 11 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
NHL totals 970 110 276 386 1123 51 3 7 10 110

InternationalEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic
Bronze 2006 Torino
World Championships
Gold 1999 Oslo
Gold 2001 Nuremberg
Gold 2005 Vienna
Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1996 Czech Republic WJC 6 0 2 2 8
1999 Czech Republic WC 12 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 int'l totals 54 10 17 27 62
Junior int'l totals 6 0 2 2 8

Personal LifeEdit

Pavel and his wife, Andrea welcomed their first child, a girl named Tereza (born on November 9, 2006) in the Czech Republic.

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