Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Michael Kostka
Michael Kostka was born on November 28, 1985, in Ajax, Ontario. A product of the OPJHL, where he played for the Ajax Axemen and then the Aurora Tigers, Kostka then attended the University of Massachusetts for four years.

Following his collegiate career Kostka signed with the Buffalo Sabres on March 25, 2008. He would join the Sabres' American Hockey League affiliate, the Rochester Americans, for a single game at the end of the 08-09 season.

Kostka would spend the next three seasons at the American League level, plying his trade as a reliable and productive offensive defenceman before his NHL rights were traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning in December 2011. The move would be a fortuitous one for Kostka as he was then assigned to the already powerful Norfolk Admirals. He and the Admirals would go on to capture the 2012 Calder Cup.

In the summer of 2012, as an unrestricted free agent, Kostka signed a deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs. With the NHL locked out, he would join the Toronto Marlies to start the 2012-13 season. In 34 games with the Marlies he would post an impressive 34 points and would crack the Maple Leafs' lineup when play resumed at the NHL level. He would appear in 35 games for the Leafs, recording eight assists.

On July 19, 2013, Kostka signed as a free agent with the defending Stanley Cup champions, Chicago Blackhawks. He would appear in just nine games for the Blackhawks before being waived by the club and subsequently claimed by the Tampa Bay Lightning

In the summer of 2014, Kostka signed with the New York Rangers and spent most of the 2014-15 season with the Rangers' AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack.

On July 1, 2015, once again a free agent, Kostka signed contract with the Ottawa Senators and would once again spend the majority of his time with the club's AHL affiliate. On March 17, 2017, Kostka was traded along with Curtis Lazar to the Calgary Flames in exchange for Jyrki Jokipakka and a conditional second-round pick.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
2001-02 Ajax Axemen ON-Jr.A 19 1 4 5 8
2002-03 Ajax Axemen ON-Jr.A 39 4 11 15 32
2003-04 Aurora Tigers ON-Jr.A 42 9 27 36 4
2004-05 U. of Massachusetts H-East 32 1 5 6 14
2005-06 U. of Massachusetts H-East 36 2 6 8 20
2006-07 U. of Massachusetts H-East 39 3 15 18 20
2007-08 U. of Massachusetts H-East 36 9 12 21 20
2007-08 Rochester Americans AHL 1 0 0 0 2 +1
2008-09 Portland Pirates AHL 80 4 26 30 33 +8 4 1 0 1 6
2009-10 Portland Pirates AHL 76 2 25 27 37 +4 4 0 0 0 0
2010-11 Rochester Americans AHL 80 16 38 54 46 -9
2011-12 San Antonio Rampage AHL 18 2 4 6 14 -6
2011-12 Norfolk Admirals AHL 52 7 25 32 43 +28 18 6 6 12 8
2012-13 Toronto Marlies AHL 34 6 28 34 38 +7
2012-13 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 35 0 8 8 27 -7 1 0 0 0 0
2013-14 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 9 2 1 3 8 +3
2013-14 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 19 2 6 8 0 +7 3 0 2 2 0
2014-15 New York Rangers NHL 7 0 1 1 0 +1
2014-15 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 63 5 25 30 35 +6 15 1 4 5 6
2015-16 Ottawa Senators NHL 15 0 1 1 4 +6
2015-16 Binghamton Senators AHL 50 5 24 29 20 +3
2016-17 Binghamton Senators AHL 46 1 11 12 32 -33
2016-17 Stockton Heat AHL 15 2 10 12 4 +9 5 1 2 3 6
NHL Totals 85 4 17 21 39 4 0 2 2 0


Hockey East Second All-Star Team (2008) Signed as a free agent by Buffalo, March 25, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Rochester (AHL), August 25, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Florida, June 30, 2011. Traded to Tampa Bay by Florida with Evan Oberg for James Wright and Mike Vernace, December 2, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Toronto, July 1, 2012. Signed as a free agent by Chicago, July 19, 2013. Claimed on waivers by Tampa Bay from Chicago, February 23, 2014. Missed majority of 2013-14 due to lower-body injury vs. Toronto, October 19, 2013 and as a healthy reserve. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, July 1, 2014. Signed as a free agent by Ottawa, July 1, 2015. Traded to Calgary by Ottawa with Curtis Lazar for Jyrki Jokipakka and Calgary's 2nd round pick (Alex Formenton) in 2017 NHL Draft, March 1, 2017.
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