Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Vlastimil Kroupa
A tall and skillful defenceman, Vlastimil Kroupa entered the 2001-02 season still trying to find consistency and regular ice time in the NHL. The rugged style of play in North America and the long season appeared to be two insurmountable obstacles to Kroupa becoming an impact player.

Born in Most, Czechoslovakia, Kroupa excelled for two years with HC Litvinov then was chosen 45th overall by the San Jose Sharks in 1993. He split his first four pro seasons between the NHL and the minors. During this time he gained valuable international experience playing for the Czech Republic at the 1995 World Junior Championships.

The young blueliner played 35 games for the Sharks in 1996-97 then helped his country win the bronze medal at the 1997 World Championships. He was traded to the New Jersey Devils in August 1997 then played two games in '97-'98. By the end of the decade he was relegated to working on his game in the minors with the AHL's Albany River Rats and the Kansas City Blades of IHL. In 1999-00 he signed with the German club Moskitos Essen.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1991-92 HC Chemopetrol Litvinov Jr. Czech-Jr. 37 9 16 25
1992-93 HC Chemopetrol Litvinov Czech 9 0 1 1
1992-93 Czech Republic EJC-A 6 1 0 1 4
1993-94 San Jose Sharks NHL 27 1 3 4 20 -6 14 1 2 3 21
1993-94 Kansas City Blades IHL 39 3 12 15 12
1994-95 San Jose Sharks NHL 14 0 2 2 16 -7 6 0 0 0 4
1994-95 Czech Republic WJC-A 7 4 2 6 10
1994-95 Kansas City Blades IHL 51 4 8 12 49 12 2 4 6 22
1995-96 San Jose Sharks NHL 27 1 7 8 18 -17
1995-96 Kansas City Blades IHL 39 5 22 27 44 5 0 1 1 6
1996-97 San Jose Sharks NHL 35 2 6 8 12 -17
1996-97 Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 5 0 3 3 0
1996-97 Czech Republic WC-A 9 0 4 4 10
1997-98 New Jersey Devils NHL 2 0 1 1 0 +1
1997-98 Albany River Rats AHL 71 5 29 34 48 +6 12 0 3 3 6
1998-99 Albany River Rats AHL 2 0 1 1 4 +1
1998-99 Kansas City Blades IHL 77 6 32 38 52 -17 3 0 1 1 0
1999-00 Albany River Rats AHL 1 1 0 1 0 -2
1999-00 ESC Moskitos Essen Germany 56 6 13 19 56
2000-01 HC Sparta Praha CzRep 47 3 2 5 32 13 0 1 1 22
2001-02 HC Chemopetrol Litvinov CzRep 48 6 3 9 98
2002-03 HC Chemopetrol Litvinov CzRep 50 8 12 20 90
2003-04 HC Chemopetrol Litvinov CzRep 49 3 10 13 46
2004-05 HC Chemopetrol Litvinov CzRep 45 2 4 6 26 6 0 0 0 6
2005-06 HC Ocelari Trinec CzRep 52 1 4 5 36 4 1 0 1 8
2006-07 HC Ocelari Trinec CzRep 52 6 7 13 80 10 1 3 4 26
2007-08 HC Ocelari Trinec CzRep 28 0 2 2 38
2008-09 HC Litvinov CzRep 52 4 6 10 54 4 1 0 1 14
2009-10 HC Benzina Litvinov CzRep 50 4 18 22 70
2010-11 HC Benzina Litvinov CzRep 26 1 2 3 46
NHL Totals 105 4 19 23 66 20 1 2 3 25


Traded to New Jersey by San Jose for New Jersey's 3rd round pick (later traded to Nashville - Nashville selected Geoff Koch) in 1998 NHL Draft, August 22, 1997.
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