Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Frantisek Kaberle
When Frantisek Kaberle's younger brother Tomas stepped into the Toronto Maple Leafs line up and started turning heads as a solid puck moving defenseman, NHL clubs took a longer look at him. Frantisek Kaberle was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings shortly after Tomas completed his rookie season and, like his younger brother, he stepped right into the NHL without much difficulty.

Kaberle played 22 games in the minors in 1999-00 but quickly adapted to the North American style of play and soon found himself in the Kings line up. Kaberle assisted on nine goals for L.A. in 37 games before he was packing his bags as the result of a trade.

The Kings felt they needed some veteran leadership in their locker room for the playoffs and the price they paid was diminutive sniper Donald Audette and Kaberle. Both were shipped to the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for Nelson Emerson and Kelly Buchberger. In Atlanta, Kaberle was an instant success. The defenseman fit in well and managed seven points in 14 games to finish out the season. The following year, in 51 games he was able to post 15 points but more importantly set a franchise record with his plus-11 rating. That spring he joined team Czech Republic and won his third straight gold medal at the World Championships.

In 2001-02 Kaberle elevated his play and flashed some offensive skills by tallying five goals and 25 points despite missing 17 games because of a groin/hamstring injury and would once again represent his homeland at the 2002 World Championships. Kaberle returned stronger in 2002-03 and led all Atlanta defencemen in minutes played averaging nearly 22 minutes per-game before establishing a career high 29 points (3-26-29) in 2003-04. Kaberle went on to play a little over four seasons with the Thrashers before being acquired by the Carolina Hurricanes in the summer of 2004.

In 2004-05 due to the NHL lockout Kaberle skated with Modo of the Swedish league prior to competing for his hometown club in Klando of the Czech league. When NHL play resumed, he returned for his for first full season as a Hurricane and produced his most offensive season at the time tallying 44 points. Heading into the playoffs healthy, Kaberle suited up for each of Carolina's 25 playoff games. In game seven Kaberle scored the game-winning goal which granted the Carolina Hurricanes the Stanley Cup in 2006.

Throughout his playing career, Kaberle has represented the Czech Republic at the 1993 World Junior Championships as well as the 2006 Winter Olympics and is a seven-time member of its World Championship team (1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005),

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1990-91 Czechoslovakia EJC-A 6 2 3 5 2
1991-92 Poldi Kladno Czech 37 1 4 5 8 8 0 1 1 0
1991-92 Czechoslovakia WJC-A 7 1 0 1 6
1992-93 Poldi Kladno Czech 40 4 5 9 9 2 4 6
1992-93 Czech Republic WJC-A 7 0 1 1 4
1993-94 HC Kladno CzRep 41 4 16 20 11 1 1 2
1994-95 HC Kladno CzRep 40 7 17 24 20 8 0 3 3 12
1995-96 MoDo HK Ornskoldsvik Sweden 40 5 7 12 34 8 0 1 1 0
1995-96 Czech Republic WC-A 8 2 3 5 4
1996-97 Czech Republic W-Cup 2 0 0 0 0
1996-97 MoDo HK Ornskoldsvik Sweden 50 3 11 14 28
1996-97 Czech Republic WC-A 9 0 3 3 0
1997-98 MoDo HK Ornskoldsvik Sweden 46 5 4 9 22 9 1 1 2 4
1997-98 Czech Republic WC-A 9 0 4 4 0
1998-99 MoDo HK Ornskoldsvik Sweden 45 15 18 33 4 13 2 5 7 8
1998-99 Czech Republic WC-A 12 3 3 6 0
1999-00 Los Angeles Kings NHL 37 0 9 9 4 +3
1999-00 Long Beach Ice Dogs IHL 18 2 8 10 8 +3
1999-00 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 14 1 6 7 6 -13
1999-00 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 4 0 2 2 0 -4
1999-00 Czech Republic WC-A 8 2 3 5 6 +5
2000-01 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 51 4 11 15 18 +11
2000-01 Czech Republic WC-A 9 1 0 1 4 +5
2001-02 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 61 5 20 25 24 -11
2001-02 Czech Republic WC-A 7 1 0 1 4 +5
2002-03 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 79 7 19 26 32 -19
2003-04 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 67 3 26 29 30 +2
2003-04 Czech Republic WC-A 7 0 4 4 6 +4
2004-05 Czech Republic W-Cup
2004-05 HC Rabat Kladno CzRep 22 5 11 16 34
2004-05 MODO Hockey Ornskoldsvik Sweden 8 2 2 4 0 6 1 0 1 27
2004-05 Czech Republic WC-A 9 1 0 1 4 +1
2005-06 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 77 6 38 44 46 +8 25 4 9 13 8
2005-06 Czech Republic Olympics 8 0 1 1 6 +4
2006-07 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 27 2 6 8 20 +8
2007-08 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 80 0 22 22 30 -4
2008-09 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 30 1 7 8 8 -4 7 0 1 1 2
2009-10 HC Geus Okna Kladno CzRep 64 4 17 21 74
2010-11 HC Eaton Pardubice CzRep 52 5 9 14 34 9 0 3 3 6
2011-12 HC Plzen 1929 CzRep 29 3 10 13 26 8 0 1 1 2
NHL Totals 523 29 164 193 218 32 4 10 14 10


Brother of Tomas Traded to Atlanta by Los Angeles with Donald Audette for Kelly Buchberger and Nelson Emerson, March 13, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Carolina, July 15, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Kladno (CzRep), September 17, 2004. Signed as a free agent by MODO (Sweden), January 31, 2005. Missed majority of 2006-07 due to off-season shoulder surgery. Missed majority of 2008-09 due to various injuries. Signed as a free agent by Kladno (CzRep), August 28, 2009.
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