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Born May 12, 1981 (1981-05-12) (age 28),
Prague, Czechoslovakia
Height
Weight
6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
238 lb (108 kg; 17 st 0 lb)
Position Left wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
F. teams
Colorado Avalanche
Chicago Blackhawks
Tampa Bay Lightning
St. Louis Blues
NHL Draft 146th overall, 2000
Pittsburgh Penguins
Career 2001 – present

David Kočí (born May 12, 1981) is a Czech professional ice hockey player who is currently playing for the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League (NHL).

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Playing career

Kočí was drafted 146th overall in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Kočí played in the WHL with the Prince George Cougars in the 2000-01 season before turning professional for the 2001-02 season.

Kočí spent the next five years with the Penguins minor-league affiliates, between the Wheeling Nailers of theECHL and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL. Prior to the 2006-07 season, Kočí signed with the Chicago Blackhawks on July 17, 2006.[1]

Kočí was assigned to the Blackhawks affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals, but made his NHL debut on March 10, 2007, against the Phoenix Coyotes, and amassed 42 penalty minutes in three fights. He lost his first fight to Josh Gratton, but managed to get a rematch in which he fared much better. He fought defenceman Nick Boynton as well.[2] By the end of the 2006–07 NHL season, David played in nine games and collected 88 penalty minutes.

During the Blackhawks' loss to the Boston Bruins on October 25, 2007, Kočí got into the one of the nastiest hockey brawls in recent hockey memory with Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chára. Kočí, who had broken his nose several days before, and Chára started punching each other; blood started to spatter from Kočí's nose. The Blackhawks placed Kočí on injured reserve and he missed about two weeks.[3]

On July 1, 2008, Kočí signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning to a one-year deal.[4] During the 2008-09 season, on October 21, 2008, David was claimed off waivers by St. Louis Blues after only playing one game for Tampa Bay.[5] Kočí then returned to the Lightning after he was placed on waivers after 4 games with the Blues.[6] Kočí scored his first NHL goal in a 3-2 defeat against the Montreal Canadiens on March 26, 2009. The puck was actually tapped in by a Canadiens player but credit was given to him.[7]

On July 1, 2009, Kočí signed a one-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche.[8]

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 Prince George Cougars WHL 70 2 7 9 155 6 0 0 0 20
2001–02 Wheeling Nailers ECHL 33 2 4 6 105
2001–02 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 26 1 3 4 98
2002–03 Wheeling Nailers ECHL 48 0 1 1 103
2002–03 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 9 0 0 0 4
2003–04 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 78 1 7 8 298 10 0 0 0 2
2004–05 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 68 1 9 10 311
2005–06 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 13 0 0 0 59
2006–07 Norfolk Admirals AHL 44 0 1 1 223
2006–07 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 9 0 0 0 88
2007–08 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 18 0 0 0 68
2007–08 Rockford IceHogs AHL 7 0 0 0 25
2007–08 Norfolk Admirals AHL 21 0 2 2 57
2008–09 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 33 1 1 2 132
2008–09 St. Louis Blues NHL 4 0 0 0 9
NHL totals 64 1 1 2 297

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