Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Tomas Kaberle
Tomas Kaberle was drafted 204th overall in 1996 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs. He grew up in Kladno, Czech Republic, 20 kilometers west of Prague. He made his North American debut with the St. John's Maple Leafs of the AHL in 1997, but returned to the Czech Republic after just two games.

At Maple Leafs training camp in 1998, Kaberle garnered the attention of coach Pat Quinn, who put faith in the young defender. Kaberle cracked the Leafs' lineup and would go on to appear in 57 games for the club in his rookie season. Kaberle also got his first taste of the NHL playoffs, suiting up in 14 contests.

By the start of the 1999-2000 season, Tomas Kaberle was providing constant support for his team. He had acquired a healthy self-confidence and started collecting points. Though, like most defenceman, he earned his points mainly from passes, he even started scoring and was on his way to becoming one of the top defencemen in the league.

A member of the Czech Republic's Olympic Team in 2002, Kaberle would miss 13 games during the 2001-02 regular season before helping the Leafs reach the Eastern Conference Final against the surprising Carolina Hurricanes. In 2002-03 Kaberle suited up for all 82 games, establishing career highs in goals (11) and points (47).

In 2003-04, Kaberle played his 400th NHL game and surpassed the 200-point plateau. He spent the following season competing in Kladno due to the NHL lockout, and returned to the blue and white for the start of the 2005-06 season. That season, Kaberle tallied a career-high 67 points and won a bronze medal representing Czech Republic at the 2006 Winter Olympics.

The following season, Kaberle's offensive numbers dipped only slightly. He racked up 47 assists and 58 points, ranking him among the leaders in the NHL for scoring by a defenceman.

Though Kaberle's offensive production was steady, the post-lockout Maple Leafs struggled and set a franchise record for consecutive years missing the playoffs. Changes were coming in Leaf land and the high-priced veteran talent seemed likely to be moved. Players that had been mainstays in the Leaf lineup such as Mats Sundin, Darcy Tucker and Bryan McCabe were all gone, leaving only Kaberle as the lone holdover from the pre-salary cap NHL.

In 2010, Kaberle again represented the Czech Republic at the Olympic Winter Games which were held in Vancouver, though he and his countrymen failed to repeat their performance from four years previous and finished a disappointing seventh place.

During the 2010-11 season, Kaberle's time in Toronto would come to an end. In the days leading up to the NHL trade deadline it became clear that both Kaberle and the Maple Leafs were looking for a change. On February 18, 2011, Kaberle was traded to the Boston Bruins in exchange for a first round draft pick, a conditional second round pick and prospect Joe Colbourne. The move turned out to be a fortuitous one for Kaberle as the Bruins would go on to win the Stanley Cup only months later.

In the Stanley Cup Final the Bruins would defeat the Vancouver Canucks in a classic seven game series, with Kaberle contributing steady play from the back end. That summer, with the Stanley Cup celebration still in full-swing, Kaberle became an unrestricted free agent and inked a deal with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Kaberle's time in Carolina would be short-lived however, he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens after just 29 games. Kaberle would struggle to crack the Canadiens lineup during the 2012-13 season. After appearing in just 10 games for the club he was bought out, thus becoming a free agent. He would then sign a deal with HC Kladno of the Czech Extraliga where he would notch 24 points in 48 games during the 2013-14 season. Kaberle would return to North America for the 2014-15 season, signing on to join the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL. He then returned to the Czech Republic once again for the 2015-16 season, inking a deal with HC Kometa Brno where he completed his playing career.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1994-95 HC Kladno Jr. CzRep-Jr. 37 7 10 17
1994-95 HC Kladno CzRep 4 0 1 1 0
1994-95 Czech Republic EJC-A 5 0 5 5 0
1995-96 HC Poldi Kladno Jr. CzRep-Jr. 23 6 13 19
1995-96 HC Poldi Kladno CzRep 23 0 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 0
1995-96 Czech Republic EJC-A 5 2 2 4 4
1996-97 HC Poldi Kladno CzRep 49 0 5 5 26 3 0 0 0 0
1997-98 HC Velvana Kladno CzRep 47 4 19 23 12
1997-98 Czech Republic WJC-A 7 1 1 2 2
1997-98 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 2 0 0 0 0 0
1998-99 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 57 4 18 22 12 +3 14 0 3 3 2
1999-00 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 7 33 40 24 +3 12 1 4 5 0
2000-01 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 6 39 45 24 +10 11 1 3 4 0
2001-02 HC Vagnerplast Kladno CzRep 9 1 7 8 4
2001-02 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 69 10 29 39 2 +5 20 2 8 10 16
2001-02 Czech Republic Olympics 4 0 1 1 2 -3
2002-03 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 11 36 47 30 +20 7 2 1 3 0
2002-03 Czech Republic WC-A 7 0 7 7 2 -1
2003-04 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 71 3 28 31 18 +16 13 0 3 3 6
2004-05 Czech Republic W-Cup 4 0 1 1 0 +3
2004-05 HC Rabat Kladno CzRep 49 8 31 39 38 7 1 0 1 0
2004-05 Czech Republic WC-A 9 1 3 4 4 +3
2005-06 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 9 58 67 46 -1
2005-06 Czech Republic Olympics 8 2 2 4 2 +2
2005-06 Czech Republic WC-A 9 1 5 6 31 -2
2006-07 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 74 11 47 58 20 +3
2007-08 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 8 45 53 22 -8
2007-08 Czech Republic WC-A 7 1 9 10 0 +1
2008-09 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 57 4 27 31 8 -8
2009-10 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 7 42 49 24 -16
2009-10 Czech Republic Olympics 5 1 2 3 0 -2
2010-11 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 58 3 35 38 16 -2
2010-11 Boston Bruins NHL 24 1 8 9 2 +6 25 0 11 11 4
2011-12 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 29 0 9 9 2 -12
2011-12 Montreal Canadiens NHL 43 3 19 22 10 -6
2012-13 Rytiri Kladno CzRep 10 2 4 6 2
2012-13 Montreal Canadiens NHL 10 0 3 3 0 +4
2013-14 Rytiri Kladno CzRep 52 4 22 26 26
2013-14 Czech Republic Olympics 5 0 3 3 0 -5
2013-14 Rytiri Kladno CzRep-Q 7 2 4 6 4
2014-15 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 2 0 2 2 0 -3
2015-16 HC Kometa Brno CzRep 51 3 17 20 24 4 0 0 0 2
NHL Totals 984 87 476 563 260 102 6 33 39 28


Brother of Frantisek Played in NHL All-Star Game (2002, 2007, 2008, 2009) Signed as a restricted free agent by Kladno (CzRep) with Toronto retaining NHL rights, September 29, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Kladno (CzRep), September 17, 2004. Traded to Boston by Toronto for Joe Colborne, Boston's 1st round pick (later traded to Anaheim - Anaheim selected Rickard Rakell) in 2011 NHL Draft and Boston's 2nd round pick (later traded to Colorado - later traded to Washington - later traded to Dallas - Dallas selected Mike Winther) in 2012 NHL Draft, February 18, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Carolina, July 5, 2011. Traded to Montreal by Carolina for Jaroslav Spacek, December 9, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Kladno (CzRep), September 21, 2012. Missed majority of 2012-13 as a healthy reserve. Signed as a free agent by Kladno (CzRep), September 12, 2013. Signed to a PTO (professional try-out) contract by Hartford (AHL), November 14, 2014.
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