Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dave Karpa
A tough, stay-at-home defenceman, David Karpa was at his best keeping the front of his net clear and challenging opposing forwards in the open ice. He found a useful niche for himself in the NHL during the 1990s and entered his eleventh season in 2001-2002.

The native of Regina, Sakatchewan captained the Notre Dame Hounds in 1989-90 then enjoyed two solid years of college hockey at Ferris State where he studied recreation management. After his freshman season in 1990-91 the Quebec Nordiques chose him 68th overall in the NHL Entry Draft. He began his pro career by apprenticing with the Halifax Citadels of the AHL while earning the occasional recall to the NHL. Karpa was a regular on the Nords' blueline in 1993-94 when his grit was a welcome addition to the fast-skating offensive club. He ran into injury problems the next year and was traded to Anaheim late in the season.

The Mighty Ducks gave Karpa a chance to play to his strengths and he rewarded them by playing regularly for three years. The highlight of his time with the Ducks came in the Western Conference quarter-final in 1997 when he scored the winner in the seventh and deciding game to eliminate the Phoenix Coyotes.

Prior to the 1998-99 season he was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes where he played 33 games but struggled again with injuries. He split the 1999-2000 season between the NHL and the IHL's Cincinnati Cyclones. Karpa rebounded by suiting up for 80 games in 2000-01 and helping the 'Canes reach the post-season after missing out the previous year. In the Eastern Conference quarter-final Carolina extended the defending Stanley Cup champion New Jersey Devils to six games before bowing out.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1988-89 Notre Dame Hounds SJHL 41 16 37 53
1989-90 Notre Dame Hounds SJHL 43 9 19 28 271
1990-91 Ferris State Bulldogs CCHA 41 6 19 25 109
1991-92 Ferris State Bulldogs CCHA 34 7 12 19 124
1991-92 Quebec Nordiques NHL 4 0 0 0 14 +2
1991-92 Halifax Citadels AHL 2 0 0 0 4
1992-93 Quebec Nordiques NHL 12 0 1 1 13 -6 3 0 0 0 0
1992-93 Halifax Citadels AHL 71 4 27 31 167
1993-94 Quebec Nordiques NHL 60 5 12 17 148 0
1993-94 Cornwall Aces AHL 1 0 0 0 0 12 2 2 4 27
1994-95 Cornwall Aces AHL 6 0 2 2 19
1994-95 Quebec Nordiques NHL 2 0 0 0 0 -1
1994-95 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 26 1 5 6 91 0
1995-96 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 72 3 16 19 270 -3
1996-97 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 69 2 11 13 210 +11 8 1 1 2 20
1997-98 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 78 1 11 12 217 -3
1998-99 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 33 0 2 2 55 +1 2 0 0 0 2
1999-00 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 27 1 4 5 52 +9
1999-00 Cincinnati Cyclones IHL 39 1 8 9 147 +3
2000-01 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 80 4 6 10 159 -19 6 0 0 0 17
2001-02 New York Rangers NHL 75 1 10 11 131 -9
2002-03 New York Rangers NHL 19 0 2 2 14 -1
2002-03 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 34 0 7 7 70 -4 2 0 0 0 0
2003-04 Wilkes-Barre Penguins AHL 29 3 8 11 43 +2
2003-04 Amur Khabarovsk Russia 12 0 1 1 68
2004-05 San Diego Gulls ECHL 20 2 10 12 65 +3
2004-05 Syracuse Crunch AHL 5 0 0 0 6 -2
2005-06 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 22 0 4 4 44 0
NHL Totals 557 18 80 98 1374 19 1 1 2 39


Traded to Anaheim by Quebec for Anaheim's 4th round pick (later traded to St. Louis - St. Louis selected Jan Horacek) in 1997 NHL Draft, March 9, 1995. Traded to Carolina by Anaheim with Anaheim's 4th round pick (later traded to Atlanta - Atlanta selected Blake Robson) in 2000 NHL Draft for Stu Grimson and Kevin Haller, August 11, 1998. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, July 1, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Wilkes-Barre (AHL), November 19, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Amur Khabarovsk (Russia), February 11, 2004. Signed as a free agent by San Diego (ECHL), February 12, 2005. Signed to PTO (Pro Tryout) contract by Syracuse (AHL), April 7, 2005.
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