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Vinny Prospal
Vinny Prospal
Center
(PRAHS-puhl)
Number: 20
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 191
Shoots: Left
Born: Feb 17, 1975
Birthplace: Ceské Budejovice, Czech Republic
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Acquired: Signed as a free agent by New York Rangers on Aug. 17, 2009.
Drafted: PHI / 1993 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 3rd (71st overall)
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
2009-10: Established a career-high in average icetime (20:06), ... Ranked second on the team in assists, points, power play assists (13), even strength goals (13) and home goals (13), tied for second in goals, third in power play goals, and ranked fourth in power play points (19). … Named Alternate Captain on Nov. 3. … Made his Rangers debut on Oct. 2 at Pittsburgh. … Ranked second on the team with 15 multi-point performances … Named co-recipient of the John Halligan Good Guy Award for cooperation with the media. ... Reached the 20-goal mark for the fifth time in his career with one goal, and added an assist on Apr. 7 vs. Toronto. ... Registered two goals, including his 50th point of the season and the game-winner, and added an assist on Mar. 12 at Atlanta; Marked the eighth season he surpassed the 50-point plateau. ... Notched a power play goal and a career-high nine shots on Feb. 10 vs. Nashville, the most shots by a Ranger since Scott Gomez on Oct. 25, 2008 vs. Pittsburgh (nine shots). … Registered his seventh-career four-point game (two goals and two assists) on Feb. 4 vs. Washington. … Missed seven games from Dec. 30 to Jan. 9 due to arthroscopic knee surgery. … Registered an assist while skating in his 900th NHL game on Nov. 28 at Pittsburgh. … Recorded a game-high two goals, including his 200th career NHL goal, and added an assist on Oct. 14 vs. Los Angeles. … Notched his first point as a Ranger, and 600th career NHL point, with a goal on Oct. 3 vs. Ottawa. 2008-09: Appeared in 82 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning, registering 19 goals and 26 assists for 45 points, along with 52 penalty minutes. ... Ranked fourth on the team in assists (26), tied for fourth in points (45) and finished fifth in goals (19). ... His seven power play goals ranked third on the club. ... Also ranked third on the Lightning in scoring during the month of January (six goals and eight assists). ... Was one of only two Tampa Bay players to appear in all 82 games. ... Posted ten multi-point performances during the season. ... Recorded a season-high, seven-game point streak from Dec. 30 against Montreal to Jan. 12 at Los Angeles, registering nine points (three goals and six assists) over the span. ... Tallied his 400th career assist on Mar. 7 vs. Toronto. ... Skated in his 800th career NHL game on Oct. 18 at Toronto.  2007-08: Established a career-high with 33 goals. … Traded to Philadelphia on Feb. 25 in exchange for Alexandre Picard and a conditional draft pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft .… Led the Flyers in goals, and ranked third in assists (38), points (71), power play goals (10), and game-winning goals (five). … Recorded 16 multi-point games, including five three-point efforts. … Notched his 500th career NHL point on Nov. 8 at Carolina.  2006-07: Ranked fifth on the team in assists (41) and tied for third in points (55). … Also ranked second on the team in face-off percentage (52.4%). … Tallied 13 multi-point games, including four three-point performances … Recorded his 300th career assist on Oct. 29 at San Jose.  2005-06: Established a career-high in points (80). … Recorded a career-best, 24 multi-point games. … Ranked second on the Lightning in assists (55), and finished third in power play goals (10) and plus-minus rating (plus-6). … Appeared in his 600th career NHL game on Jan. 28 at Philadelphia. … Notched his second career hat trick on Nov. 14 against Philadelphia. … Posted a career-high, 13-game point streak from Oct. 26 to Nov. 20, registering 21 points (eight goals and 13 assists) over the span.  2003-04: Led Anaheim in games played (82) and assists (35). … Finished second on the team in goals (54) and game-winning goals (four), third in power play goals (seven) and fourth in goals (19). … Recorded 10 multi-point games, including two four-point efforts … Registered his 100th NHL goal on Jan. 24 at Los Angeles. … Tallied his first career hat-trick on Jan. 23 vs. Minnesota. … Skated in his 500th career NHL game on Dec. 21 vs. San Jose.  2002-03: Established a career-high with 57 assists. … Led Tampa Bay in assists and points (79). … Finished second on the team in plus-minus rating (plus-nine) and game-winning goals (four), ranked third on the club in goals (22) and fourth in power-play goals (nine). … Tallied 19 multi-point games, including a four-point performance (one goal and three assists) on Jan. 20 against Ottawa. … Named the NHL Player of the Week for the period ending Mar. 16, registering six points (three goals and three assists) during the stretch. … Also led the Lightning with four playoff goals.  2001-02: Ranked second on the Lightning in assists (37), points (55) and power play goals (seven). … Led the team with 14 multi-point performances … Recorded his 200th NHL point on Mar. 12 at Atlanta.  2000-01: Split the season between Florida and Ottawa. … Ranked second on Florida in faceoff percentage (52.3%). … Registered two assist while skating in his 300th NHL game on Mar. 23 against Washington. … Tallied his 100th career assist on Dec. 21 at Columbus.  1999-2000: Recorded 13 multi-point games. … Collected four assists, including three in one period, on Mar. 21 vs. Atlanta to tie an Ottawa franchise record.  1998-99: Ranked second on the Senators in faceoff winning percentage (56.2%).  1997-98: Split the season between Ottawa and Philadelphia. … Registered four points (two goals and two assists) on Oct. 21 vs. Tampa Bay.  1996-97: Notched his first NHL point with a goal on Mar. 8 at Pittsburgh (Wregget). … Made his NHL debut on Mar. 5 vs. New Jersey.

MINOR LEAGUE CAREER

1996-97: Established career-highs in goals (32), assists (63), points (95), penalty minutes (70), and plus-minus rating (plus-32). … Led the Philadelphia Phantoms in assists, ranked second on the team in goals and points, and finished fourth on the team in plus-minus rating. … Named an AHL First Team All-Star.  1995-96: Ranked seventh on the team in points (59), and tied for seventh on Hershey in goals (15) and assists (36).  1994-95: Established a career-high in games played (69). … Ranked third on the Bears in assists (32), fifth in points (45) and eighth in goals (13).  1993-94: Finished eighth on Hershey in goals (14), tied for eighth in assists (21) and ninth in points (35).

EUROPEAN CAREER

2004-05: Skated in 39 games for Ceske Budejovice of the Czech Extraliga, recording 28 goals and 60 assists for 88 points.  1992-93: Established Czech Jr. career-highs in goals (26), assists (31), points (57), and penalty minutes (26).  1991-92: Established a Czech Jr. career-high in games played (36).

INTERNATIONAL CAREER
2005-06: Tied for the team lead in goals (four) and ranked third in points (six) as a member of the Czech Republic at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.  2004-05: Skated in nine games, registering two goals and six assists in the 2005 World Championships. ... Recorded a goal and added three assists for the Czech Republic during the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.  ... 1999-2000: Captured the gold medal with the Czech Republic at the 2000 World Championships.

BACKGROUND
His hockey idol growing up was fellow Czech national, Jiri Lala. ... If he wasn’t a hockey player, he would like to play tennis. ... Enjoys golfing and fishing in the off-season. ... Enjoys going to musicals like The Count of Monte Cristo. ... Also likes going to comedy shows in his native Czech Republic during the off-season. ... Married: wife, Monika; son, Vaclav; daughters, Veronika and Vanessa.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS
January 17, 1998 - 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 20, 2001 - Traded to Florida by Ottawa for future considerations.  July 10, 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 17, 2003  - Signed as a free agent by Anaheim.  August 16, 2004 - Traded to Tampa Bay by Anaheim for Tampa Bay's 2nd round choice (Brendan Mikkelson) in 2005 Entry Draft.  September 17, 2004 - Signed as a free agent by Ceske Budejovice (CzRep-2).  February 25, 2008 - Traded to Philadelphia by Tampa Bay for Alexandere Picard and future considerations.  June 18, 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.  August 17, 2009 – Signed by the Rangers as an unrestricted free agent.

LONGEST POINT STREAK: 13, 10/26/05 to 11/20/05 (eight goals, 13 assists)

LONGEST GOAL STREAK: 4 (two times), last, 2/12 - 2/20/08 (five goals)

LONGEST ASSIST STREAK: 6 (four times), last, 10/5 to 10/17/09 (eight assists)

MOST GOALS, GAME: 3 (two times), last, 11/14/05 (Tampa Bay vs. Philadelphia) (Esche)

MOST ASSISTS, GAME: 4, Mar. 21, 2000 (Ottawa vs. Atlanta)

MOST POINTS, GAME: 4, (seven times), last – Feb. 4, 2010, vs. WSH

MOST PIM, GAME: 19, Jan. 9, 1998 (Philadelphia at Florida)

MOST SHOTS, GAME: 9, Feb. 10, 2010, vs. NSH

FIRST NHL GAME: March 5, 1997 (Philadelphia vs. New Jersey)

FIRST NHL GOAL: March 8, 1997 (Philadelphia at Pittsburgh) (Wregget)

FIRST NHL ASSIST: March 11, 1997 (Philadelphia at Buffalo)