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Frantisek Kaberle
Frantisek Kaberle
Defenseman
(KA-buhr-luh, FRAN-ti-sehk)
Number: 5
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 190
Shoots: Left
Born: Nov 8, 1973
Birthplace: Kladno, Czech Republic
Acquired: Signed as a free agent, July 15, 2004
Drafted: LAK / 1999 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 3rd (76th overall)
Draft: Los Angeles 1999 (3-76-3)
Acquired: July 15, 2004 signed as a free agent
First NHL Game: Oct. 2, 1999 in a 2-0 Los Angeles win at Nashville
First NHL Point: Oct. 7, 1999 in a 5-2 Los Angeles win at Tampa Bay
First NHL Goal: April 8, 2000 in a 4-3 Atlanta loss vs. Carolina
Most Goals, Game: 1 - 28 times (Last: March 2, 2007, in a 3-2 Carolina win vs. Pittsburgh
Most Assists, Game: 3 - twice (Last: March 5, 2008 in a 6-3 Carolina win at Atlanta)
Most Points, Game: 3 - three times (Last: March 5, 2008 in a 6-3 Carolina win at Atlanta)
Most Penalty Minutes, Game: 6 - twice (Last: Jan. 28, 2006 in a 4-1 Carolina win vs. Atlanta

PERSONAL
Frank and his wife, Katerina, have two daughters, Francesca (4) and Vanessa (1)... They spend their off-seasons in Kladno, Czech Republic... Frank’s brother, Tomas, plays for the Toronto Maple Leafs... His father, Frantisek Sr., represented Czechoslovakia at the first Canada Cup in 1976... Frank played in a series of exhibition games in the Czech Republic over the summer benefiting children’s charities there... His favorite off-season activities are spending time with his family and tennis... Frank’s favorite band is Metallica and favorite Web site is idnes.cz... Frank’s guilty pleasure is Czech food, and his favorite player growing up was Paul Coffey... His first youth team was PZ Kladno, and Frank hopes to be a hockey coach for kids after retirement... His favorite food is sushi and biggest talent outside of hockey is tennis... The current celebrity he would most like to meet is Roger Federer... He wears number five because it was assigned to him... His most memorable goal was his game-winner in Game 7 of the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals against Edmonton... His all-time favorite former teammate is his brother and his favorite thing about playing professional hockey is just having fun... His favorite team to play against is Toronto.

2007-08 SEASON

Completed his eighth NHL season and third with Carolina... Among Carolina defensemen, was tied for the team lead in games played (80) and ranked second in assists (22) and points (22)... Earned two assists vs. ATL (3/28)... Earned the primary assist on Eaves’ first goal as a Hurricane vs. OTT (3/16)... Registered a season-high three helpers and was (+3) at ATL (3/5)... Earned the primary assist on Samsonov’s power-play goal vs. TB (3/1)... Earned the primary assist on Samsonov’s goal vs. ATL (2/21)... Was a season-high (+3) in 21:38 of ice time vs. FLA (2/16)... Blocked four shots, assisted on Whitney’s goal and was (+1) in a season-high 25:07 of ice time vs. PIT (2/14)... Assisted on Samsonov’s game-winning goal and was (+1) at BOS (2/12)... Earned a pair of helpers vs. ATL (1/2) for his first multi-point game of the season... Assisted on Whitney’s game-winning goal at TB (12/22)... Assisted on Stillman’s goal vs. TOR (12/18)... Assisted on Staal’s power-play goal - Carolina’s first goal of the 2007-08 season - vs. MTL (10/3)... Was a healthy scratch for two games (12/12, 12/15)... Longest assist streak: 2 games (2/12-2/14: 0g, 2a; 3/1-3/5: 0g, 4a)... Longest point streak: 2 games (2/12-2/14: 0g, 2a; 3/1-3/5: 0g, 4a)... Multi-assist games: 3 (last: 3/28 vs. ATL: 0g, 2a)... Multi-point games: 3 (last: 3/28 vs. ATL: 0g, 2a).

CAREER
Is in his ninth NHL season and fourth with Carolina... Signed a four-year contract with the Hurricanes on June 27, 2006... At the conclusion of 2003-04 - his final season with Atlanta - ranked second all-time among Thrashers defensemen and eighth among all Thrashers in scoring with 102 points... He was tops among Thrashers defensemen in assists (82) and power-play assists (40).

1991-95: Spent four seasons with Poldi Kladno of the Czech League from 1991-95, tallying 58 points (16 goals, 42 assists) in 158 games... Had one goal in seven games to help the Czech Republic capture a bronze medal at the 1993 World Junior Championships... Helped the Czech team finish fifth at the 1992 World Junior Championships, notching one goal in seven games.

1995-99: Played four seasons for MoDo of the SEL from 1995-99, finishing with 68 points (28 goals, 40 assists)... Helped the Czech Republic win the gold medal at the 1996 World Championships, notching four points (2g, 2a) in eight games... Set career-highs for MoDo during the 1998-99 season with 15 goals, 18 assists and 33 points... Helped MoDo win the regular-season championship and reach the playoff finals in 1998-99... Led MoDo defensemen, and was fifth among league defensemen, in scoring with 33 points in 1998-99... Helped Czech Republic capture the gold medal at 1999 World Championships with six points (3g, 3a) in 12 games.

1999-00: Finished third among all NHL rookies with 10 power-play assists... Recorded points in six of his 14 games after joining the Thrashers... Scored first NHL goal (Irbe) and had an assist vs. CAR (4/8)... Traded to Atlanta by Los Angeles along with Donald Audette in exchange for Nelson Emerson and Kelly Buchberger (3/13)... Had nine assists in 37 games with the Kings prior to the trade... Earned first NHL point (assist) at TB (10/7)... Made NHL debut with the Kings at NSH (10/2)... Joined Los Angeles after the Kings selected him in the third round (76th overall) in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft... Tallied five points (2g, 3a) with the Czech Republic team that won the gold medal at the 2000 World Championships.

2000-01: Topped Atlanta with franchise-record (+11) rating... Led team with an average of 27.5 shifts and 22:17 average time on ice... Tallied 13 of his 15 points (4g, 9a) in last 36 games of season... Won the gold medal for the third consecutive year with the Czech Republic at 2001 World Championships.

2001-02: Led Atlanta defensemen with 20 assists and 25 points... Recorded one goal in seven games for the Czech Republic at 2002 World Championships.

2002-03: Set career-high with seven goals... Finished second among team’s blueliners with 26 points (7g, 19a) and 19 assists... Second among squad’s blueliners with seven goals... Led club with 2,336 shifts... Led team defensemen and tied for overall club lead with 21:56 average time on ice.

2003-04: Set then-career-highs for assists (26) and points (29)...  Was first among Atlanta defensemen and eighth on the team with 29 points (3g, 26a)... Topped Thrashers blueliners and shared fifth on squad with 26 assists... Led team’s defensemen with 2,057 shifts... Shared second on team with 16 power-play assists, and was tied for third with 18 points on power-play... Recorded 100th career point with an assist vs. PIT (12/12)... Collected a career-best three assists at FLA (11/21)... Missed 12 games with knee sprain from Feb. 21-March 17... Tied career-high with three points, including career-best three assists, at FLA (11/21)... Notched four assists in seven games at the 2004 World Championships in Ostrava and Prague, Czech Republic.

2004-05: Split the season between HC Rabat Kladno of the Czech Republic Extraleague and MoDo Hockey Ornskoldsvik of the Swedish Elite League (SEL)... Had 16 points (5g, 11a) in 22 games with HC Rabat Kladno... Scored two goals and added two assists (4 points) in eight games for MoDo Hockey Ornskoldsvik... Helped Czech Republic to the gold medal at the 2005 World Championships in Austria, posting one goal in nine games.

2005-06: Led all Carolina defensemen in points (44) and assists (38) and was tied for first among defensemen in goals (6)... Helped the Czech Republic capture a bronze medal in the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy... Was (+4) for the tournament... Scored the overtime game-winning goal on his first career NHL penalty shot vs. NSH (1/13)... Scored the overtime game-winning goal and earned an assist in his first game back in Atlanta against his former team (11/29)... Earned his 100th career assist with a helper on Williams’ first goal vs. TB (11/20)... Had his career-high, six-game point streak (10/20-10/29: 2g, 5a) snapped vs. TOR (11/3)... Scored the game-winner - his first goal as a Hurricane - vs. OTT (10/24)... Made his Hurricanes debut, recording an assist on Staal’s power-play goal vs. WSH (10/12)... Was a healthy extra for three games (10/5-10/8)... Missed one game due to illness (4/1)... Completed his first NHL playoff season and first with Carolina, playing in all 25 postseason contests to capture his first Stanley Cup... Among NHL defensemen, ranked second in playoff goals (4), tied for first in power-play goals (3) and fourth in scoring (13 points)... Had five points (2g, 3a) in seven games during the Stanley Cup Finals against Edmonton... Scored the game-winning goal in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals vs. Edmonton (6/19) with a second-period power-play tally... Scored his third goal of the playoffs and earned a pair of assists in Game 2 vs. EDM (6/7)... Beat Martin Brodeur for his first career playoff goal in Game 5 vs. NJ (5/14)... Earned his first career playoff point with an assist on Matt Cullen’s power-play, game-winning goal in Game 5 vs. MTL (4/30)... Made his NHL playoff debut in Game 1 vs. MTL (4/22).

2006-07: Was second on the team in plus/minus (+8) despite playing in just 27 games… Played his 100th game with the Hurricanes vs. TB (3/30)… Played in his 400th NHL Game at WSH (3/9)… Made his season debut and scored the game-winning goal at MTL (2/6)… Activated from the non-roster injured list 2/6 after missing the first 55 games of the season recovering from shoulder surgery… Had shoulder surgery on Sept. 11, 2006… The procedure was performed by Dr. Anthony A. Romeo at Rush Medical Center in Chicago.

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