Pavel Kubina


Pavel Kubina

Infobox Ice Hockey Player
position = Defence
shoots = Right
height_ft = 6
height_in = 4
weight_lb = 245
team = Toronto Maple Leafs
former_teams = Tampa Bay Lightning
league = NHL
nationality = Czech Republic
birth_date = Birth date and age|1977|4|15|mf=y
birth_place = Čeladná, CZE
career_start = 1995
draft = 179th overall
draft_year = 1996
draft_team = Tampa Bay Lightning



image_size = 200px

Pavel Kubina (born April 15, 1977, in Čeladná, Czechoslovakia) is a professional ice hockey defenceman, currently playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League.

Playing career

Kubina 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 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. Kubina 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 1999-00 NHL season Kubina had cemented his position in the Lightning's lineup, and notched 26 points for them.

Kubina 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, Kubina signed a deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs for four years at $20 million. Kubina 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.Cite web|url=http://torontosun.com/Sports/2006/10/02/1936440.html|title=Kubina suspended one game|accessdate=2006-10-02|publisher=Toronto Sun|year=2006]

Career statistics

International play

Played for the Czech Republic in :

*2006 Winter Olympics (bronze medal)

Personal life

He and his wife, Andrea, welcomed their first child, a girl, Tereza on November 9, 2006 in the Czech Republic. [http://www.torontosun.com/Sports/Hockey/2006/11/15/2364777-sun.html]

References

External links

*TSN-NHL-profile|476
*hockeydb|29093


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