Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Vitezslav Duris
The Toronto Maple Leafs began to experiment with Czechoslovakian player during the 1979-80 when goaltender Jiri Crha came over seas to play for the Leafs. Phase two of the experiment saw defenseman Vitezslav Duris, born in Pizen, Czechoslovakia on January 5, 1954, join the Maple Leafs for the 1980-81 season.

The year before, Duris had played for the Czechoslovakian Olympic team, playing six games and registering a single assist during the 1980 Olympic Games. "Slava" Duris played 57 games for Toronto during his rookie NHL season of 1980-81, scoring one goal and 13 assists.

However, the Maple Leafs of the early 1980's were a team in a state of flux, and in 1981-82, Toronto brought in eight new defenseman, including five rookies. Lost in the shuffle was Duris, who spent the season with the Cincinnati Tigers of the Central Hockey League.

Duris returned to the National Hockey League and the Maple Leafs in 1982-83 for 32 games, scoring two goals and eight assists. He elected to pursue the rest of his hockey career overseas, signing with ECD Iserlohn of the German Elite League for the 1984-85 campaign. Duris spent six years in Germany before retiring following the 1989-90 season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1977-78 Dukla Jihlava Czech 44 3 6 9 47
1978-79 Dukla Jihlava Czech 38 3 9 12 24
1978-79 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 8 1 1 2 8
1979-80 Dukla Jihlava Czech
1979-80 Czechoslovakia Nat-Tm 8 1 1 2 8
1979-80 Czechoslovakia Olympics 6 0 1 1 2
1980-81 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 57 1 12 13 50 +13 3 0 1 1 2
1981-82 Cincinnati Tigers CHL 66 14 41 55 57
1982-83 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 32 2 8 10 12 +3
1983-84 ECD Iserlohn W.Ger-2
1984-85 ECD Iserlohn W.German 36 12 19 31 52 3 1 1 2 2
1985-86 EHC Freiburg W.Ger-2 44 5 21 26
1986-87 ECD Iserlohn W.German 36 12 25 37 33 3 3 2 5 4
1987-88 EV Landshut W.German 33 3 17 20 33 4 1 1 2 4
1988-89 EV Landshut W.German 22 0 2 2 12
1988-89 EHC Freiburg W.German 10 2 4 6 23 18 4 20 24 27
1989-90 EHC Freiburg W.German 28 4 8 12 17
1990-91 EHC Freiburg Germany 4 1 0 1 4
NHL Totals 89 3 20 23 62 3 0 1 1 2


Signed as a free agent by Toronto, September 25, 1980.
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