Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Karel Pilar
Karel Pilar was born December 23, 1977 in Prague, Czech Republic. The 3rd choice, 111th overall selection of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Pilar came to North America in 2001-02 after spending the previous season as a member of Litvinov in the Czech Republic.

Known primarily as a stay at home defenseman, Pilar showed some offensive upside with Litvinov in 2000-01 finishing second in team scoring with 38 points. Following a strong season in the Czech Republic, Pilar joined the Leafs AHL affiliate in St. John's where he spent the better part of the 2001-02 season while suiting up for 23 regular season and eleven playoff games with the parent club. Pilar split the first half of the 2002-03 season between Toronto and St. John's, but played only 24 games between the two teams before missing the rest of the season with a virus.

In 2003-04, Pilar suited up for 50 games with Toronto, registering 19 points (2-17-19). He would spend the next two seasons in his native Czech Republic with HC Sparta Praha honing his skills. In 2006-07 he returned to North America and saw action in 10 games with the Toronto Marlies before he signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Thrashers.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1999-00 HC Chemopetrol Litvinov CzRep 49 2 12 14 61 7 0 0 0 4
2000-01 HC Chemopetrol Litvinov CzRep 52 12 26 38 52 4 1 1 2 25
2000-01 Czech Republic WC-A 9 0 0 0 6 +8
2001-02 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 23 1 3 4 8 +3 11 0 4 4 12
2001-02 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 52 10 14 24 26 +2
2002-03 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 17 3 4 7 12 -7
2002-03 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 7 2 5 7 28 -7
2003-04 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 50 2 17 19 22 +2 1 1 0 1 0
2003-04 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 6 3 4 7 6 +1
2004-05 HC Sparta Praha CzRep 52 13 15 28 70
2005-06 HC Sparta Praha CzRep 6 0 1 1 20 14 3 3 6 45
2006-07 Toronto Marlies AHL 10 2 5 7 6 -2
2006-07 HC Sparta Praha CzRep 1 0 0 0 2
2007-08 Chicago Wolves AHL 45 2 24 26 48 +7 3 0 0 0 6
2008-09 HC Sparta Praha CzRep 13 2 3 5 32 11 0 3 3 50
2008-09 Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHL 24 1 5 6 22
2009-10 HC Benzina Litvinov CzRep 37 6 19 25 79 4 0 1 1 16
2010-11 CSKA Moscow KHL 42 3 2 5 28
2011-12 Lev Poprad KHL 31 1 16 17 34
2011-12 Vaxjo Lakers HC Sweden 13 0 4 4 6
2012-13 HC Sparta Praha CzRep 25 1 12 13 62 7 5 1 6 6
2012-13 HK Donbass Donetsk KHL 17 0 2 2 36
2013-14 HC Sparta Praha CzRep 44 8 21 29 42 10 1 3 4 10
2014-15 Mountfield HK Hradec Kralove CzRep 9 0 9 9 2
2014-15 HC Sparta Praha CzRep 25 2 9 11 30 10 2 6 8 10
2015-16 Mountfield HK Hradec Kralove CzRep 47 7 19 26 66 3 0 1 1 6
2016-17 Anyang Halla AsiaHL 12 1 3 4 6
2016-17 HC Verva Litvinov CzRep 20 5 3 8 20 5 0 1 1 4
NHL Totals 90 6 24 30 42 12 1 4 5 12


Missed remainder of 2002-03 season, the start of 2003-04 season and the majority of the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons after being diagnosed with a heart condition, January, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Sparta Praha (CzRep), August 9, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Atlanta, August 8, 2007. Claimed on waivers by Chicago from Atlanta, September 27, 2007. Claimed on waivers by Atlanta from Chicago, October 2, 2007.
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