Jaroslav Spacek was born this day in 1974 in Rokycany, Czechoslovakia. The 38 year old was acquired by the Carolina Hurricanes on December 9, 2011 in a trade with Montreal in exchange for Tomas Kaberle. Mr. Spacek was originally drafted in the 5th round, 117th overall by the Florida Panthers in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. He has performed in a total of 856 NHL regular season games and tallied 78 goals and 270 assists in addition to 61 playoff games with 4 goals and 14 helpers.
The 6’0, 210 pound defenseman has played for the Florida Panthers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Chicago Blackhawks, Edmonton Oilers, Buffalo Sabres, and Montreal Canadiens. Spacek helped the Oilers to the Stanley Cup finals in 2006, but the team lost in Game 7 to the Hurricanes. He had 3 goals and 11 assists in the 2006 playoffs.
He participated in the 1998 and 2006 Winter Olympics for the Czech Republic, claiming a gold and bronze medal. Spacek also won gold in three World Championships (1999 Lillehammer, 2001 Nuremberg, and 2005 Vienna).
This season, Jaro has played in 31 contests and racked a goal and 7 assists with a plus/minus rating of +3. Paired with Jamie McBain, Spacek brings active, veteran experience to the Canes. Yes, that was a direct insult to Kaberle. So, here are some Cardiac Cane gifts to give thanks for birthday boy’s contributions.
- Due to his recent facial injury, his new full mask must be an annoyance. Therefore, I grant him an invisible force field of protection.
- I’m sure he grows tired of traveling after two decades in the sport, so I would like to bestow him with Star Trek beaming in lieu of uncomfortable plane trips.
- A time machine to relive his most memorable hockey moments.
- A million dollars donated to his favorite charity.
- For the remainder of his career, may he be blessed with healthy, successful season.
Happy Birthday Mr. Spacek!