Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Radim Vrbata
Radim Vrbata was born December 21, 1981 in Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic. The 10th choice, 212th overall selection of the Colorado Avalanche in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, Vrbata is a graduate of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

A first round selection of the Hull Olympiques in the 1998 CHL Import Draft, Vrabata had seasons of 60 and 74 points in Hull before being dealt to the Shawinigan Cataractes prior to the 2000-01 QMJHL season. In his only year with the team, Vrbata finished second in team scoring with 120 points and sixth overall in the league, holding the longest point scoring streak in the CHL for the 2000-01 season at 31 consecutive games and was a QMJHL First Team All-Star.

A member of the Czech Republic's World Junior team in 2001, Vrbata made his professional hockey debut with Colorado's AHL affiliate in Hershey during the team's 2000-01 Calder Cup run before splitting the 2001-02 season with Hershey and Colorado. In his first season with the Avalanche, Vrbata finished fifth on the team with 18 goals and eighth in points with 30. Vrbata became a full-time NHLer in 2002-03 and recorded 30 points in 66 games with the Avalanche before being dealt to the Carolina Hurricanes in the latter stages of the season.

After parts of three seasons in Carolina, Vrbata was dealt to the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2005-06 season. Vrbata would spend a season and a half with the Hawks and tally a respectable 75 points with the club during his tenure. In the summer of 2007, Vrbata was dealt to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Kevin Adams. Vrbata would see action in 76 games in his only season with the Coyotes, recording a career-high 27 goals. Despite his success in Phoenix he was unsigned by the club in the off-season and later picked up by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Due to an unsuccessful season with the Lightning and the birth of his child to come during the 2008-09 season, the Lightning granted Vrbata's request to play in the Czech Republic to end the 2008-09 season.

When Vrbata told the Lightning that he would like to come back to the NHL, they traded his rights to the Phoenix Coyotes for David Hale and Todd Fedoruk.

After two more successful seasons with the Coyotes, he signed as an unrestricted free agent to a two year contract with the Vancouver Canucks on July 2, 2015. After two seasons with the Canucks, which included a 31-goal campaign in 2014-15, Vrbata was once again a free agent. On August 16, 2016, he signed a deal with the Arizona Coyotes and would join the club for the 2016-17 season. In 81 games, he posted his sixth season of 20 or more goals and added 35 assists for 55 points. As a free agent once again in the summer of 2017, Vrbata signed with the Florida Panthers.

Aside from his World Junior experience, Vrbata represented his homeland at the 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2013 World Championships.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1997-98 Auto Skoda Mlada Boleslav Jr. CzRep-Jr. 35 42 31 73 4
1998-99 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 54 22 38 60 16 +4 23 6 13 19 6
1999-00 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 58 29 45 74 26 +4 15 3 9 12 8
2000-01 Shawinigan Cataractes QMJHL 55 56 64 120 67 +48 10 4 7 11 4
2000-01 Czech Republic WJC-A 7 1 2 3 4 -1
2000-01 Hershey Bears AHL 1 0 1 1 2
2001-02 Colorado Avalanche NHL 52 18 12 30 14 +7 9 0 0 0 0
2001-02 Hershey Bears AHL 20 8 14 22 8 +5
2002-03 Colorado Avalanche NHL 66 11 19 30 16 0
2002-03 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 10 5 0 5 2 -7
2002-03 Czech Republic WC-A 9 3 3 6 2 +2
2003-04 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 80 12 13 25 24 -10
2004-05 HC Bili Tygri Liberec CzRep 45 18 21 39 91 12 3 2 5 0
2004-05 Czech Republic WC-A 3 0 1 1 0 +1
2005-06 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 16 2 3 5 6 0
2005-06 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 45 13 21 34 16 +4
2006-07 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 77 14 27 41 26 -4
2007-08 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 76 27 29 56 14 +6
2007-08 Czech Republic WC-A 7 5 2 7 4 +3
2008-09 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 18 3 3 6 8 -1
2008-09 BK Mlada Boleslav CzRep 11 5 3 8 18
2008-09 HC Bili Tygri Liberec CzRep 7 7 2 9 2 3 0 1 1 2
2009-10 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 82 24 19 43 24 +6 7 2 2 4 4
2010-11 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 79 19 29 48 20 +5 4 2 3 5 0
2011-12 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 77 35 27 62 24 +24 16 2 3 5 8
2012-13 BK Mlada Boleslav CzRep-2 2 1 1 2 0
2012-13 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 34 12 16 28 14 +6
2012-13 Czech Republic WC-A 8 2 1 3 4 +4
2013-14 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 80 20 31 51 22 -6
2014-15 Vancouver Canucks NHL 79 31 32 63 20 +6 6 2 2 4 0
2015-16 Vancouver Canucks NHL 63 13 14 27 12 -30
2016-17 Arizona Coyotes NHL 81 20 35 55 16 -18
NHL Totals 1015 279 330 609 278 42 8 10 18 12


QMJHL First All-Star Team (2001) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2015) Traded to Carolina by Colorado for Bates Battaglia, March 11, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Liberec (CzRep), September 4, 2004. Traded to Chicago by Carolina for Chicago's 4th round pick (later traded to St. Louis - St. Louis selected Cade Fairchild) in 2007 NHL Draft, December 29, 2005. Traded to Phoenix by Chicago for Kevyn Adams, August 11, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, July 1, 2008. Re-assigned to Mlada Boleslav (CzRep) by Tampa Bay, December 9, 2008. Loaned to Liberec (CzRep) by Mlada Boleslav (CzRep), January 29, 2009. Traded to Phoenix by Tampa Bay for Todd Fedoruk and David Hale, July 21, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Mlada Boleslav (CzRep-2), November 1, 2012. Signed as a free agent by Vancouver, July 3, 2014. Signed as a free agent by Arizona, August 16, 2016. Signed as a free agent by Florida, July 1, 2017.
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