Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Igor Liba
Left-winger Igor Liba played with the New York Rangers and LA Kings in 1988-89. He was best known as a top domestic and international player in Czechoslovakia and also played in several other European leagues later in his career.

Born in Kosice, Czechoslovakia, Liba played mostly with the local VSZ club but also skated briefly for Dukla Jihlava. He won two Czechoslovakian titles with each club, was named the Czechoslovakian player of the year in 1984 and placed on the country's first all-star team in 1988.

On the international stage, Liba helped Czechoslovakia win the silver medal at the 1979 World Junior Championships and participated in the tournament the next year when the team finished out of the medals. He also represented his country at five World Championships beginning in 1982, including the gold medal triumph in 1985. Liba participated at the 1984, 1988 and 1992 Olympics as well as the Canada Cup in 1984 and 1987.

The talented forward was originally drafted 94th overall by the Calgary Flames in 1983. His rights were traded to the Minnesota North Stars five years later but, a few months after that, he was sent to the New York Rangers in a deal that involved former first overall pick Brian Lawton. Liba registered seven points in ten games for the Blueshirts before he was traded to the Kings for defenceman Dean Kennedy. He notched 18 points for his new club and played two playoff games before deciding the NHL wasn't for him.

Following his NHL experiment, Liba returned to Kosice but later played in Switzerland, Italy, Finland, Austria and Slovakia before retiring in 1998. His last season came with EV Zeltweg of the Austrian second division.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1970-1978 ZPA Presov Czech-3
1978-79 ZPA Presov Czech-3
1978-79 Czechoslovakia WJC-A 5 0 0 0 0
1979-80 VSZ Kosice Czech 42 16 10 26 16
1979-80 Czechoslovakia WJC-A 5 4 1 5 4
1980-81 VSZ Kosice Czech 43 17 24 41 20
1981-82 VSZ Kosice Czech 44 35 18 53 34
1981-82 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 10 3 2 5 6
1982-83 Dukla Jihlava Czech 43 27 18 45 24
1982-83 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 10 2 8 10 0
1983-84 Dukla Jihlava Czech 41 14 18 32 16
1983-84 Czechoslovakia Olympics 7 4 3 7 6
1984-85 Czechoslovakia Can-Cup 5 2 3 5 6
1984-85 VSZ Kosice Czech 44 28 26 54 22
1984-85 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 10 2 5 7 16
1985-86 VSZ Kosice Czech 34 25 29 54 32 14 7 6 13
1985-86 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 10 2 4 6 18
1986-87 VSZ Kosice Czech 31 13 16 29 38 7 4 4 8
1986-87 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 10 2 3 5 12
1987-88 Czechoslovakia Can-Cup 6 0 4 4 6
1987-88 VSZ Kosice Czech 42 21 37 58 86
1987-88 Czechoslovakia Olympics 8 4 6 10 8
1988-89 New York Rangers NHL 10 2 5 7 15 +1
1988-89 Los Angeles Kings NHL 27 5 13 18 21 -4 2 0 0 0 2
1989-90 VSZ Kosice Czech 40 16 12 28 37 4 1 8 9
1990-91 VSZ Kosice Czech 2 0 1 1 0
1990-91 EHC Biel-Bienne Swiss 27 5 13 18 2 2 0 0 0 2
1991-92 VSZ Kosice Czech 16 7 8 15
1991-92 HC Cavalese Italy 18 11 34 45 2 4 2 7 9 6
1991-92 Czechoslovakia Olympics 4 1 2 3 4
1991-92 Czechoslovakia WC-A 8 2 1 3 10
1992-93 TuTo Turku Finland-2 44 22 34 56 111 4 2 2 4 4
1993-94 EV Zeltweg Austria-2
1994-95 EV Zeltweg Austria 26 27 19 46 44 4 3 4 7 0
1995-96 EV Zeltweg Austria 33 15 19 34 34
1996-97 HK VTJ Spisska Nova Ves Slovakia 32 19 17 36
1996-97 HK VTJ Spisska Nova Ves Slovak-Q 14 7 8 15
1997-98 HK VTJ Spisska Nova Ves Slovakia 4 1 4 5 2
1997-98 HC Kosice Slovakia 32 10 24 34 36 10 3 4 7 24
1998-99 HC VSZ Kosice Slovakia 41 13 21 34 12 11 2 4 6 12
1999-00 EV Zeltweg Austria-2 30 24 36 60 18
NHL Totals 37 7 18 25 36 2 0 0 0 2


Czechoslovakian Player of the Year (1984)
Czechoslovakian First All-Star Team (1988)
Rights traded to Minnesota by Calgary for Minnesota's 5th round pick (Tomas Forslund) in 1988 NHL Draft, May 20, 1988. Traded to NY Rangers by Minnesota with Brian Lawton and the rights to Rick Bennett for Paul Jerrard, Mark Tinordi, Mike Sullivan, the rights to Bret Barnett and Los Angeles' 3rd round pick (previously acquired, Minnesota selected Murray Garbutt) in 1989 NHL Draft, October 11, 1988. Traded to Los Angeles by NY Rangers with Todd Elik, Michael Boyce and future considerations for Dean Kennedy and Denis Larocque, December 12, 1988.
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