Appeared in 81 games in his first season with the Islanders, recording 16 goals and 19 assists for 35 points after scoring just six goals last season…Scored a goal in his Islanders debut on October 5 at Buffalo…Recorded a goal in three straight games from November 10 through November 19…Played in his 400th NHL game on November 26 vs. Dallas…Had two shorthanded goals on the season – his first two in the NHL (October 13 at Philadelphia and November 16 at New Jersey)…Recorded his 100th NHL assist on February 14 at Toronto…Missed one game due to the flu.
2006-07: Split time between Nashville and Carolina…Recorded four-game point streak from March 15-24 (1g,5a)…Was 6-16-22 in 63 games.
2005-06: A member of the 2006 Stanley Cup Champion Carolina Hurricanes…Recorded a career-high +3 rating…Notched his first career four-point game (2g-2a) on April 3 vs. Washington, his first game back after returning from knee surgery…Played his 300th NHL game on Oct. 22 at Washington…Missed 59 games due to a knee injury.
2003-04: Appeared in a career-high 82 games with Carolina…Established career-highs in goals (19), assists (26), points (45) and penalty minutes (60)…Led Carolina in games played, goals, game-winning goals (5) and shooting percentage (11.8%)…Notched career-bests in power-play goals (6) and game-winning goals (5)…Accounted for all three goals – his first career hat trick – in a 3-0 win vs. San Jose on Oct. 28, 2003.
2002-03: Missed 25 games due to a back injury
2006: Appeared in eight of Carolina’s 23 post-season games and played in the Stanley Cup Finals for the second time in his five NHL seasons…Played in four of Carolina’s six first-round games vs. Montreal, one tilt vs. New Jersey in the Eastern Conference semifinals and three of seven games in the Stanley Cup Finals.
2002: Played in all 23 playoff games for Carolina as the club advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals…Scored an overtime game-winner in Game 5 of the 2002 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. New Jersey.
Led Slavia Praha (Czech Republic Extraleague) in scoring (20g-23a-43pts) in 2004-05…Captured a gold medal with the Czech Republic at the 2005 World Championships and also represented the Czechs at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey Played for the Czech Republic at the 2003 World Championships…
Played two OHL seasons (1998-2000) with Sault Ste. Marie, posting 128 points (47g-81a) in 120 games…Served as Sault Ste. Marie’s captain and was the team’s co-Playoff MVP in 1999-00…Led the Greyhounds in assists (46) and finished second in points (26g-46a-72pts) in 1999-00…Won a gold medal with the Czech Republic at the 2000 World Junior Championships…Nominated for the OHL Rookie of the Year award in 1998-99.
Enjoys playing tennis, golf and skiing…Spends the off-season in his hometown of Havlickuv Brod, Czech Republic…Favorites include: Friends (TV show), Green Day and Czech rock bands (band/musician), George Clooney and Jennifer Aniston (actor/actress), Czech (food) and Puerto Rico (vacation spot)…Winning the Stanley Cup in 2006 is his favorite hockey memory.
1st NHL game: 10/7/00 vs. Washington
1st NHL goal: 10/13/00 at Florida (Kidd)
1st NHL assist: 10/13/00 at Florida
Most Goals: 3, 10/28/03 vs. San Jose
Most Assists: 2 (11 times), Last: 2/14/08 at Toronto
Most Points: 4, 4/3/06 vs. Washington
Most PIM: 11, 3/21/08 at New Jersey