Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Joel Kwiatkowski
Joel Kwiatkowski was born March 22, 1977 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The eighth round, 194th overall selection of the Dallas Stars in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, Kwiatkowski is a graduate of the WHL.

An offensively gifted defenceman, Kwiatkowski played four seasons in the WHL with stops in Tacoma/Kelowna and Prince George. In his four seasons the Saskatoon native captured numerous awards including; WHL West Second Team All-Star (1997) and WHL West First Team All-Star (1998) before making his professional debut with the AHL's Cincinnati Mighty Ducks after signing as a free agent with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in the summer of 1998.

After two seasons with the Anaheim organization, Kwiatkowski was acquired by the Ottawa Senators in the summer of 2000 and upon joining the Senators organization was a IHL All-Star after spending the better part of the year with the Grand Rapids Griffins. Kwiatkowski went on to play parts of three seasons with the Senators organization suiting up for 35 games with the parent club before he was acquired by the Washington Capitals in the early stages of the 2002-03 season. In 2003-04 Kwiatkowski established a career high 12 points (6-6-12) in 80 games with the Caps before being acquired by the Florida Panthers in the summer of 2004.

With the Panthers Kwiatkowski would tie his career-high point total in the 2005-06 season while competing in 73 games with the club. The following year, Kwiatkowski was dealt 41 games into the season to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1992-93 North Battleford North Stars SJHL 51 3 14 17 89
1994-95 Tacoma Rockets WHL 70 4 13 17 66 4 0 0 0 2
1995-96 Kelowna Rockets WHL 40 6 17 23 85
1995-96 Prince George Cougars WHL 32 6 11 17 48
1996-97 Prince George Cougars WHL 72 15 37 52 94 15 4 2 6 24
1997-98 Prince George Cougars WHL 62 21 43 64 65 +16 11 3 6 9 6
1998-99 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 80 12 21 33 48 +7 3 2 0 2 0
1999-00 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 70 4 22 26 28 -13
2000-01 Ottawa Senators NHL 4 1 0 1 0 +1
2000-01 Grand Rapids Griffins IHL 77 4 17 21 58 +27 10 1 0 1 4
2001-02 Ottawa Senators NHL 11 0 0 0 12 +5
2001-02 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 65 8 21 29 94 +21 5 1 2 3 12
2002-03 Ottawa Senators NHL 20 0 2 2 6 +2
2002-03 Binghamton Senators AHL 1 0 0 0 2 0
2002-03 Washington Capitals NHL 34 0 3 3 12 +1 6 0 0 0 2
2003-04 Washington Capitals NHL 80 6 6 12 89 -28
2004-05 San Antonio Rampage AHL 64 13 19 32 76 -1
2004-05 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 17 7 6 13 16 +8 5 0 4 4 23
2005-06 Florida Panthers NHL 73 4 8 12 86 +3
2006-07 Florida Panthers NHL 41 5 5 10 20 -5
2006-07 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 1 0 0 0 0 -1
2007-08 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 18 0 5 5 20 -5
2007-08 Chicago Wolves AHL 59 21 29 50 119 +23 24 10 15 25 30
2008-09 Severstal Cherepovets KHL 52 13 12 25 64
2008-09 Canada WC-A 5 0 0 0 2 +1
2009-10 SKA St. Petersburg KHL 50 7 12 19 147 4 0 0 0 10
2010-11 SC Bern Swiss 35 9 9 18 20 10 0 4 4 34
2011-12 SC Bern Swiss 42 8 12 20 52 14 2 2 4 16
2012-13 HC Fribourg-Gotteron Swiss 46 14 9 23 81 18 1 5 6 18
2013-14 HC Fribourg-Gotteron Swiss 49 5 17 22 54 10 2 3 5 8
2014-15 HC Fribourg-Gotteron Swiss 48 3 12 15 71
2015-16 MODO Hockey Ornskoldsvik Sweden 42 2 3 5 30
2015-16 MODO Hockey Ornskoldsvik Sweden-Q 7 0 1 1 6
NHL Totals 282 16 29 45 245 6 0 0 0 2


WHL West Second All-Star Team (1997)
WHL West First All-Star Team (1998) AHL Second All-Star Team (2008)
Signed as a free agent by Anaheim, June 18, 1998. Traded to Ottawa by Anaheim for Patrick Traverse, June 12, 2000. Traded to Washington by Ottawa for Washington's 9th round pick (later traded back to Washington - Washington selected Mark Olafson) in 2003 NHL Draft, January 15, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Florida, July 16, 2004. Loaned to St. John's (AHL) by Florida (San Antonio-AHL) for cash, March 11, 2005. Traded to Pittsburgh by Florida for Florida's 4th round pick (previously acquired, Florida selected Matt Rust) in 2007 NHL Draft, February 27, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Atlanta, August 30, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Cherepovets (KHL), July 11, 2008. Signed as a free agent by St. Petersburg (KHL), June 22, 2009.
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