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Born October 28, 1979 (1979-10-28) (age 30),
Litoměřice, CS
Height
Weight
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
226 lb (103 kg; 16 st 2 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team
F. teams
New Jersey Devils
Colorado Avalanche
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Dallas Stars
Minnesota Wild
Pittsburgh Penguins
Toronto Maple Leafs
NHL Draft 17th overall, 1998
Colorado Avalanche
Playing career 1999 – present

Martin Škoula (born October 28, 1979 in Litoměřice, Czechoslovakia) is a professional ice hockey defenceman, currently with the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League.

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Playing career

Skoula was selected in the first round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, 17th overall, by the Colorado Avalanche. After playing two seasons in the Czech Republic, Škoula came over to North America in 1997, playing for the Barrie Colts of the OHL. His size and offensive ability made him an instant success. After only one game in the American Hockey League, with the Hershey Bears, Škoula joined the Avalanche.

In 2001, Škoula was a part of the Avalanche team that won the Stanley Cup. The following season, he played for his native country at the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.

On February 21, 2004, Škoula was dealt by the Avalanche to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim for Kurt Sauer and a 4th round pick (Raymond Macias).[1] After playing only twenty games with the Ducks, Škoula left as an unrestricted free agent. He spent the 2004 NHL Lockout in the Czech Extraliga with HC Litvínov.

On August 3, 2005, prior to the 2005–06 season, Škoula was signed by the Dallas Stars to a two-year contract.[2] He stayed less than a season before he was dealt at the trade deadline by the Stars, along with Shawn Belle, to the Minnesota Wild for Willie Mitchell and a 2nd round pick.[3]

On September 29, 2009, Skoula signed a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins for the 2009-10 season.[4] Skoula played in 33 games with the Penguins as a reserve defenceman before he was included in a trade with prospect Luca Caputi to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Alexei Ponikarovsky on March 2, 2010.[5] The next day on March 3, 2010, Skoula was then traded to the New Jersey Devils for a fifth-round pick in 2010.[6]

Awards and achievements

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1995–96 HC Litvínov CZE 1 0 0 0 0
1996–97 HC Litvínov CZE 1 0 0 0 0
1997–98 Barrie Colts OHL 66 8 36 44 36 6 1 3 4 4
1998–99 Barrie Colts OHL 67 13 46 59 46 12 3 10 13 13
1998–99 Hershey Bears AHL 1 0 0 0 0
1999–00 Colorado Avalanche NHL 80 3 13 16 20 17 0 2 2 4
2000–01 Colorado Avalanche NHL 82 8 17 25 38 23 1 4 5 8
2001–02 Colorado Avalanche NHL 82 10 21 31 42 21 0 6 6 2
2002–03 Colorado Avalanche NHL 81 4 21 25 68 7 0 1 1 4
2003–04 Colorado Avalanche NHL 58 2 14 16 30
2003–04 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 21 2 7 9 2
2004–05 HC Litvínov CZE 47 4 15 19 101 6 0 0 0 6
2005–06 Dallas Stars NHL 61 4 11 15 36
2005–06 Minnesota Wild NHL 17 1 5 6 10
2006–07 Minnesota Wild NHL 81 0 15 15 36 5 0 0 0 4
2007–08 Minnesota Wild NHL 80 3 8 11 26 6 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Minnesota Wild NHL 81 4 12 16 10
NHL totals 724 41 144 185 318 79 1 13 14 22

International play

Medal record
Competitor for  Czech Republic
Ice hockey
World Championships
Silver 2006 Riga Ice hockey

Played for Czech Republic in:

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International statistics

Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
2002 Czech Republic OG 4 0 0 0 0
2004 Czech Republic WC 7 1 0 1 4
2004 Czech Republic WCH 2 0 0 0 2
2006 Czech Republic WC 9 0 2 2 6
Senior int'l totals 22 1 2 3 12

Transactions

  • June 27, 1998 - Škoula drafted by Colorado Avalanche
  • February 21, 2004 - Škoula traded by Colorado to Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Kurt Sauer and a 4th round draft pick (Raymond Macias)
  • August 3, 2005 - Škoula signs with Dallas Stars.
  • March 9, 2006 - Škoula traded by the Dallas along with Shawn Belle to the Minnesota Wild for Willie Mitchell and the Wild's second-round pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
  • September 29, 2009 - Škoula signs a one year deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
  • March 2, 2010 - Škoula was traded by the Pittsburgh to the Toronto Maple Leafs, along with teammate prospect Luca Caputi, for Alexei Ponikarovsky
  • March 3, 2010 - Škoula was traded from the Toronto Maple Leafs to the New Jersey Devils for a fifth round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

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Preceded by
Alex Tanguay
Colorado Avalanche first round draft pick
1998
Succeeded by
Robyn Regehr

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