Radim Vrbata
Radim Vrbata
Coyotes - Right Wing
NUMBER: 17
HEIGHT: 6' 1"
WEIGHT: 194
SHOOTS: Right
BIRTHDATE: 06/13/1981
AGE: 32
BIRTHPLACE: Mlada Boleslav, CZE
DRAFTED: COL: 1999-212 overall
QMJHL First All-Star Team (2001) Traded to Carolina by Colorado for Bates Battaglia, March 11, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Liberec (CzRep), September 4, 2004. Traded to Chicago by Carolina for Chicago's 4th round choice (later traded to St. Louis - St. Louis selected Cade Fairchild) in 2007 Entry Draft, December 29, 2005. Traded to Phoenix by Chicago for Kevyn Adams, August 11, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, July 1, 2008. Assigned to Mlada Boleslav (CzRep) by Tampa Bay, December 9, 2008. Loaned to Liberec (CzRep) by Mlada Boleslav (CzRep), January 29, 2009. Traded to Phoenix by Tampa Bay for Todd Fedoruk and David Hale, July 21, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Mlada Boleslav (CzRep-2), November 1, 2012.
2012-13 Highlights
Recorded 12-16-28 in 34 games to rank second on the team in scoring...Ranked tied for second on the team in plus/minus (+6), third in shots (106) and tied for third in goals (12)...Had five multi-point games...Recorded his fourth career hat trick, including the GWG and a SHG, and matched a career high in points (3-1-4) at ANA, Apr. 27...Scored a goal at STL, Apr. 18 and at CHI, Apr. 20...Notched two assists vs. COL, Apr. 6...Played in his 700th NHL game vs. LAK, Apr. 2...Scored a goal at SJS, Mar. 30...Registered 2-1-3 to reach 400 career points at NSH, Mar. 28...Missed 14 games with an injury (2/18-3/18)...Scored a goal vs. CBJ, Feb. 16...Recorded a five-game assist streak (1-5-6) Jan. 24-Feb. 1...Registered 1-1-2 at DAL, Feb. 1...Recorded 2-1-3 in season opener Jan. 19 at DAL.

2011-12 Highlights
Posted career highs in goals (35) and points (62)…Tied for first in the NHL in GWGS (12)…Eighth in the NHL in road goals (21)…Second on the team in plus/minus (plus-24) and ranked 12th in the NHL…Led the team in shots (232) and PPGS (9)…Had 15 multi-point games…Coyotes went 21-4-3 when he scored a goal…Scored his career high 12th GWG at STL, Apr. 6…Had 1-1-2 in a 4-0 win vs. ANA, Mar. 31…Picked up his seventh two-goal game of the season, including his 11th GWG, in a 2-0 victory vs. SJS, Mar. 29…Collected his 200th career NHL assist at PIT, Mar. 5…Scored his 30th goal of the season and had three points (2-1-3) vs. LAK, Feb. 21…Established a new career high with his 28th goal vs. DAL, Feb. 18…Posted a career-best seven-game point streak Jan. 24-Feb. 11 (4-5-9)…Scored the GWG and had an assist at DAL, Feb. 7…Had a five-game point streak Jan. 7-Jan. 16 (3-3-6)…Scored his 20th goal of the season at NYR, Jan. 10…Had five goals in a three-game span from Nov. 19-23…Netted two goals vs. ANA, Nov. 23…Scored a SHG at WSH, Nov. 21…Netted two goals at BUF, Nov. 19…Recorded two goals, including the GWG, at COL, Nov. 2…Posted 2-1-3 vs. LAK, Oct. 29…Scored the GWG at DAL, Oct. 10…2012 Playoffs: Recorded 2-3-5 in 16 postseason games…Second on the team in postseason shots (43)…Played in all five games of the WCF against LAK and had one assist…Scored a goal in Games 1 and 2 of the WCSF vs. NSH, Apr. 27 and 29…Appeared in all six games of the WCQF against CHI, collecting an assist.

2010-11 Highlights
Ranked fourth on the team in scoring with 19-29-48…Led the team in shots (240)…Second on the team in PPGS (10)…Tied for second in goals (19)…Was 7-for-11 in shootouts…Posted 14 multi-point games…Posted a four-game point streak (2-4-6) from Mar. 13-18…Recorded 1-1-2 at EDM, Mar. 17…Recorded 2-0-0 vs. COL, Feb. 7…Had three assists at COL, Jan. 6…Recorded two assists at MIN, Jan. 2…Recorded 1-1-2 at NYI, Dec. 18…Recorded 1-2-3 at EDM, Nov. 19 and vs. STL, Nov. 13…Scored two goals in the season opener against BOS, Oct. 9 in his home country (Czech Republic)…2011 Playoffs: Tied for the team lead in scoring in the playoffs with 2-3-5 in four games vs. DET in the WCQF…Recorded 1-1-2 in Game 2 of the WCQF at DET, Apr. 16…Scored a goal in Game 1 of the series at DET, Apr. 13.

2009-10 Highlights
Recorded 24-19-43 in 82 games in his second stint with PHX…Ranked second on the Coyotes in goals and fifth in points…One of four players to appear in all 82 games…Went 8 for 18 in shootouts with two shootout-deciding goals…Netted the SDG vs. CHI, Mar. 20…Scored the game-tying goal with 1:00 remaining in third period before also recording the SDG in 4-3 win at FLA, Mar. 18, and finished with a career high 10 shots on goal…Recorded his 20th goal of the season and added an assist in a 3-2 win at MIN, Feb. 10…Appeared in his 500th career NHL game, Feb. 8 vs. EDM…Notched the Coyotes’ only regulation goal in a 2-1 SO win at CHI, Feb. 5…Compiled a five-game point streak (3-2-5) from Jan. 9-18…Scored a goal in four straight games from Dec. 10-16…Had a goal and an assist in 3-0 win at PIT, Oct. 7…Scored two goals at LAK, Oct. 3, his first game with PHX since Apr. 11, 2007…2010 Playoffs: Appeared in all seven playoff games vs. DET, recording 2-2-4 to finish tied for fourth on the team in playoff scoring…Tallied a goal and an assist for his first career playoff points in Game 3 win at DET, Apr. 18…Scored the GWG in Game 6 at DET, Apr. 25.

2008-09 Highlights
Appeared in 18 games for TBL, recording 3-3-6…Was reassigned by the Lightning to Mlada Boleslav of the Czech Extraliga on Dec. 9…Registered 5-3-8 in 11 games for Mlada Boleslav before joining Liberec…Recorded 7-2-9 in seven games for Liberec…Compiled a three-game point streak (1-2-3) from Nov. 13-18 for TBL…Scored his first goal as a member of the Lightning vs. FLA, Nov. 18.

2007-08 Highlights
Established new career highs in goals (27), assists (29), points (56), power-play goals (7), shorthanded goals (3), GWGS (5) and plus/minus (plus-6) in his first season as a member of the Coyotes…Led the team in shots (246) and ranked second in goals and points while tying for the team lead in GWGs…Finished with 16 multi-point games…Set new career high by recording his 28th assist of the season vs. ANA, Mar. 22…Had a goal and two assists while playing in his 400th career NHL game in win at LAK, Feb. 18…Recorded three points on a SHG and two assists vs. DAL, Feb. 14…Scored the game-tying and overtime game-winner at COL, Feb. 4…Recorded his third career hat trick and added an assist for a four-point night in win vs. NSH, Jan. 24…Had a goal and an assist to reach 200 points for his NHL career at COL, Jan. 2…Registered four consecutive two-point games (5-3-8) from Dec. 29-Jan. 3…Registered two goals and an assist – the 100th of his career – at ANA, Nov. 23…Made his Coyotes debut and collected an assist in win vs. STL, Oct. 4.

2006-07 Highlights
Appeared in 77 games for CHI, tallying 14-27-41…Ranked second on the team in points (41), third in assists (27), sixth in goals (14)…Set career highs in points, assists and penalty minutes (26)…Missed five games throughout the season due to an upper-body injury…Tallied two goals in regulation and scored the shootout-deciding goal while logging a season-high 22:12 TOI in a 4-3 win over OTT, Mar. 4…Had a three-game assist streak (0-3-3) from Dec. 29-Jan. 2…Played his 300th career NHL game vs. NSH, Dec. 20…Registered a pair of PPGS, including the GWG, in a 3-1 win over STL, Nov. 10…Recorded 11 points (3-8-11) in the first eight games of the season…Began the season with a five-game point streak (2-5-7) from Oct. 5-16…Tied his career high with three assists at DAL, Oct. 20…Scored the GWG in 8-6 season-opening win at NSH, Oct. 5.

2005-06 Highlights
Appeared in 45 games with CHI, registering 13-21-34 and a plus-4 rating…Totaled 15-24-39 in 61 games with CAR and CHI…Tied for second on the team with six PPGS…Ended the season with a four-game point streak (3-3-6)…Had eight multi-point games…Had a career high four points (2-2-4) vs. SJS, Mar. 26…Registered a career high three assists in a 4-2 win vs. COL, Jan. 19…Scored a goal in four straight games from Jan. 10-15…Tallied his first goal as Blackhawk on the power-play in a 4-3 OT win at WSH, Jan. 10…Recorded his first point as a Blackhawk with an assist vs. VAN, Jan. 5…Made his Blackhawk debut at CGY on Jan. 2…Traded from CAR for future considerations on Dec. 30…Appeared in 16 games for CAR, recording 2-3-5…Had a pair of assists vs. NYR, Nov. 17…Registered a goal and an assist vs. NJD, Oct. 15…Scored CAR’s first goal of the season at TBL, Oct. 5.

2004-05 Highlights
Led HC Bili Tygri Liberec in goals (18), assists (21) and points (39), playing in 45 of Liberec’s 52 regular season games…Tied for 14th in the Czech Republic Extraleague in points.

2003-04 Highlights
Completed his third NHL season and second with CAR…Recorded 12-13-25 in 80 games…Ranked tied for fifth on the team in goals…Had a goal and an assist at TBL, Mar. 13…Scored the eventual game winner on the power-play at EDM, Dec. 9…Notched his second career hat trick and first with the Hurricanes vs. PIT, Nov. 29…Scored his first points of the season with a goal and an assist at PHI, Oct. 25 – the assist was his first with CAR.

2002-03 Highlights
Recorded 16-19-35 in 76 games with COL and CAR…Scored two goals vs. OTT, Mar. 18…Scored the extra-attacker, tying goal with 10 seconds remaining in regulation and became the fifth Hurricane player to score in his franchise debut at BUF, Mar. 12…Was acquired by CAR from COL in exchange for Bates Battaglia on Mar. 11…Scored fourth consecutive game-winner at CHI, Feb. 17…Scored the OT game-winner vs. MTL, Dec. 6…Scored a goal and notched an assist vs. OTT, Nov. 6…Scored COL’s first goal of the season vs. DAL, Oct. 9.

2001-02 Highlights
Completed his rookie season in the NHL with COL, recording 18-12-30 in 52 games…Finished seventh among NHL rookies in scoring…Ranked tied for third among all rookies in goals…Began the season with Hershey (AHL), recalled on Nov. 20…Remained with COL for the club’s final 61 games…Named NHL’s Rookie of the Month for February…Recorded a three-game goal-scoring streak (3-0-3) from Feb. 11-26…Recorded his first hat trick at MIN, Feb. 8, scoring on all three of his shots…Recorded a five-game point streak (3-3-6), the second-longest by a rookie, from Dec. 1-8…Tallied first career NHL goal at NYI, Nov. 21…Had a three-game point/assist streak (1-5-6) from Nov. 20-24 to begin NHL career… Recorded two power-play assists in NHL debut at NYR…2002 Playoffs: Appeared in nine playoff games for Colorado…Made NHL playoff debut in Game 1 vs. LAK.

2000-01 Highlights
Led Shawinigan (QMJHL) with 56 goals and ranked second on the team with 120 points…Ranked sixth among all QMJHL players in goals and points…His plus-48 rating was third on the club and seventh overall in the league…Recorded four hat tricks in his first 13 games…Held the longest point streak in the league at 31 games from Nov. 11-March 11…Named QMJHL Offensive Player of the Month for September and October…Played in one playoff game for Hershey (AHL), notching his first professional point (assist) in his first professional game.

1999-2000 Highlights
Finished third in scoring with Hull (QMJHL), tallying 29-45-74 in 58 games.

1998-99 Highlights
Was a first round selection (18th overall) in the 1998 CHL Import Draft…Tallied 22-38-60 in 54 games with Hull of the QMJHL.

International Career
2008: Recorded 5-2-7 in seven games while playing for the Czech Republic at the IIHF World Championshipin Halifax and Qubec City…Ranked tied for second on the team in goals and tied for third in points…2005: Played for the Czech Republic at the IIHF World Championship in Austria, recording an assist in three games.

Personal
Radim and his wife Petra have one son, Krystof…Most memorable hockey moment is scoring his first NHL goal…Favorite road city in the NHL is New York…Other favorites include The Shawshank Redemption (movie), Seinfield (TV show), Nirvana (band), Czech Republic (vacation spot)…If he could meet one person, dead or alive, it would be his father…Enjoys playing tennis and soccer in the offseason…Nickname is “Verby”.