Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Martin Skoula
Born in Litomerice, Czech Republic on October 28th, 1979 defenceman Martin Skoula headed to Canada to play his Junior hockey with the OHL's Barrie Colts. While with the Colts Skoula was drafted in the first round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche.

As a rookie, Skoula stepped right into the Avalanche lineup and became a valuable member of their defensive unit chipping in 16 points and fitting in very well with the Avalanche's quick transition game. The following year Skoula upped his point totals to 25 on the strength of eight goals and 17 assists. That spring Skoula added five more points en route to a Stanley Cup championship. In his third season in the NHL, Skoula continued to develop not only defensively, but his offensive progression was also evident as his scoring pace was higher still establishing a career high in goals with ten.

Coming off a career high in points during the 2001-02 season, Skoula became a more sound defenceman the following year with a plus-11 and over the course of his first four seasons in the league, Skoula became one of the Avs more durable players having only missed three games.

After four full seasons in Colorado, Skoula was dealt to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in the latter stages of the 2003-04 season for former Avalanche draft pick Kurt Sauer. However, Skoula's stay in Anaheim was short lived as he would be acquired by the Dallas Stars in the summer of 2005 and go on to play the better part of the 2005-06 season in the Lone Star State before moving on to the Minnesota Wild at the trading deadline.

On the international stage, Skoula has represented his homeland at the 2002 Winter Olympics and the 2004 World Championships.

On September 29, 2009, Skoula signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but would appear in only 33 games for the club before being traded to Toronto along with Luca Caputi in exchange for Alex Ponikarovsky on March 2, 2010. The following day the Maple Leafs traded the defenseman to the New Jersey Devils.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1995-96 HC Chemopetrol Litvinov Jr. CzRep-Jr. 38 0 4 4
1995-96 HC Chemopetrol Litvinov CzRep 1 0 0 0 0
1996-97 HC Chemopetrol Litvinov Jr. CzRep-Jr. 38 2 9 11
1996-97 HC Chemopetrol Litvinov CzRep 1 0 0 0 0
1996-97 Czech Republic EJC-A 6 0 2 2 4
1997-98 Barrie Colts OHL 66 8 36 44 36 6 1 3 4 4
1998-99 Barrie Colts OHL 67 13 46 59 46 +58 12 3 10 13 13
1998-99 Hershey Bears AHL 1 0 0 0 0
1999-00 Colorado Avalanche NHL 80 3 13 16 20 +5 17 0 2 2 4
2000-01 Colorado Avalanche NHL 82 8 17 25 38 +8 23 1 4 5 8
2001-02 Colorado Avalanche NHL 82 10 21 31 42 -3 21 0 6 6 2
2001-02 Czech Republic Olympics 4 0 0 0 0 +3
2002-03 Colorado Avalanche NHL 81 4 21 25 68 +11 7 0 1 1 4
2003-04 Colorado Avalanche NHL 58 2 14 16 30 +2
2003-04 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 21 2 7 9 2 +3
2003-04 Czech Republic WC-A 7 1 0 1 4 +3
2004-05 Czech Republic W-Cup 2 0 0 0 2 -2
2004-05 HC Chemopetrol Litvinov CzRep 47 4 15 19 101 6 0 0 0 6
2005-06 Dallas Stars NHL 61 4 11 15 36 +6
2005-06 Minnesota Wild NHL 17 1 5 6 10 0
2005-06 Czech Republic WC-A 9 0 2 2 6 -1
2006-07 Minnesota Wild NHL 81 0 15 15 36 +9 5 0 0 0 4
2007-08 Minnesota Wild NHL 80 3 8 11 26 -16 6 0 0 0 0
2008-09 Minnesota Wild NHL 81 4 12 16 10 -12
2009-10 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 33 3 5 8 6 -4
2009-10 New Jersey Devils NHL 19 0 3 3 4 +7 4 0 0 0 0
2010-11 Avangard Omsk Region KHL 52 3 19 22 21 14 0 3 3 4
2010-11 Czech Republic WC-A 9 0 2 2 0 +6
2011-12 Avangard Omsk Region KHL 52 2 13 15 16 21 2 8 10 4
2012-13 Avangard Omsk Region KHL 9 0 1 1 0
2012-13 HC Lev Praha KHL 21 1 6 7 8
2013-14 HC Slovan Bratislava KHL 54 2 11 13 18 2 0 0 0 0
2014-15 HC Bili Tygri Liberec CzRep 10 2 5 7 4
NHL Totals 776 44 152 196 328 83 1 13 14 22


OHL All-Rookie Team (1998)
OHL Second All-Star Team (1999)
Traded to Anaheim by Colorado for Kurt Sauer and Anaheim's 4th round pick (Raymond Macias) in 2005 NHL Draft, February 21, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Litvinov (CzRep), September 17, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Dallas, August 3, 2005. Traded to Minnesota by Dallas with Shawn Belle for Willie Mitchell and Minnesota's 2nd round pick (Nico Saccheti) in 2007 NHL Draft, March 8, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, September 29, 2009. Traded to Toronto by Pittsburgh with Luca Caputi for Alexei Ponikarovsky, March 2, 2010. Traded to New Jersey by Toronto for New Jersey's 5th round pick (Sam Carrick) in 2010 NHL Draft, March 3, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Omsk (KHL), June 23, 2010.
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