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Vinny Prospal

Vinny Prospal  #22

Left Wing
NUMBER: 22 BIRTHDATE: February 17, 1975
HEIGHT: 6' 2" BIRTHPLACE: Ceské Budejovice, Czech Republic
WEIGHT: 191 DRAFTED: PHI / 1993 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 3rd   (71st overall)

Career: Represented Czech Republic at 1994 &1995 IIHF World Junior  Championships (14GP-4G-8A-12P combined) and the World Championships in 2000 (Gold Medal), 2004 & 2005 (GWG in Gold Medal Game) as well as the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and the 2006 Winter Olympics (Bronze Medal)… Sr. int'l totals: 37GP-13G-19A-32P… Tallied career high 80 points (25G-55A) with TBL in 2005-06… Scored 1st career NHL goal (w/PHI) on 3/8/97 at PIT (opposing goalie: K. Wregget)… Made NHL debut on 3/5/97 vs. NJD.

2012-13: Recorded 500th career assist on 3/19 vs. NSH... Scored 250th career goal on 3/1 at CHI... Registered 19GP-9G-14A-23P with HC Ceske Budejovice (Czech Extraliga) during work stoppage.

2011-12: Led CBJ in assists (39), finished 2nd in points (55), 3rd in goals (16),  and was T-1st in GP (82)… Skated in 1000th career NHL game on 11/25/11 vs. BUF... Recorded 1G-1A-2P in his CBJ debut on 10/7/11 vs. NSH.

Personal: Favorite all-time athlete is Michael Jordan… Favorite TV show is Grey’s Anatomy.

AHL First All-Star Team (1997) Traded to Ottawa by Philadelphia with Pat Falloon and Dallas' 2nd round choice (previously acquired, Ottawa selected Chris Bala) in 1998 Entry Draft for Alexandre Daigle, January 17, 1998. Traded to Florida by Ottawa for future considerations, January 20, 2001. Traded to Tampa Bay by Florida for Ryan Johnson and Tampa Bay's 6th round choice (later traded back to Tampa Bay Tampa Bay selected Doug O'Brien) in 2003 Entry Draft, July 10, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Anaheim, July 17, 2003. Traded to Tampa Bay by Anaheim for Tampa Bay's 2nd round choice (Brendan Mikkelson) in 2005 Entry Draft, August 16, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Ceske Budejovice (CzRep-2), September 17, 2004. Traded to Philadelphia by Tampa Bay for Alexandre Picard and Philadelphia's 2nd round choice (Richard Panik) in 2009 Entry Draft, February 25, 2008. Traded to Tampa Bay by Philadelphia for Nashville's 7th round choice (previously acquired, Philadelphia selected Joacim Eriksson) in 2008 Entry Draft and future considerations, June 18, 2008. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, August 17, 2009. Missed majority of 2010-11 due to knee surgery, October 6, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Columbus, July 23. 2011. Signed as a free agent by Ceske Budejovice (CzRep), October 28, 2012. Officially announced his retirement, January 24, 2014.
Quote of the Day

The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres