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Martin Skoula
Martin Skoula
Defenseman
(SKOO-la)
Number: 41
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 226
Shoots: Left
Born: Oct 28, 1979
Birthplace: Litomerice, Czech Republic
Acquired: Acquired by Minnesota along with D Shawn Belle in exchange for D Willie Mitchell and the Wild's second round pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft (3/9/06).
Drafted: COL / 1998 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (17th overall)
Career: Has appeared in 563 NHL games with Colorado, Anaheim, Dallas and Minnesota...Has tallied 34 career goals and 158 career points (34-124=158) to go along with 282 PIM and 18 multi-point games...Has missed five total games over the course of his career due to injury...2006-07: Collected 15 points (0-15=15) in 81 games during his first full season with Minnesota and seventh in the NHL...Ranked fifth on the team with a +9 rating...Registered an assist in consecutive games at PHX (11/14) and at NSH (11/16)...Played in his 500th career NHL game vs. COL (11/18)...Logged team-high 28:55 in ice time and +3 rating at CHI (1/19)...Registered an assist on GWG in back-to-back games at BOS (3/8) and at BUF (3/9)...2005-06: Played 78 NHL games, including 17 with Minnesota after being acquired by the Wild...Finished sixth NHL season with five goals and 16 assists for 21 points...Six of those points (1-5=6) came in a Wild sweater...Scored four goals and 11 assists in 61 games with Dallas...Blocked a team-high six shots and was a +1 in his Wild debut at STL (3/10)...Picked up a goal and an assist in second game with the Wild  vs. EDM (3/12)...Assisted on two Wild goals, including the GWG at COL (4/9)...Posted 100th career NHL assist vs. STL (12/29)...2004-05: Appeared in 47 games with HC Chemopetrol Litvinov of the Czech League and tallied four goals while compiling 19 points (4-15=19) and 101 PIM (second on the team)...Also appeared in six playoff games...2003-04: Split the season with Colorado and Anaheim playing in 79 NHL games...Tallied two goals and added 16 points (2-14=16) in 58 games with Colorado...Added two goals and seven assists (2-7=9) in 21 games with Anaheim...Led Anaheim defensemen with 21 assists, matching his career high, and was second among defensemen on the team with 25 points (4-21=25)...Appeared in his 400th career NHL game at STL (3/25)...2002-03: Skated in 81 games for Colorado while compiling a career-high 68 PIM...Netted four goals and 25 points (4-21=25) and a career-high +11 rating...Matched a career-high with 21 assists...Had his consecutive games played streak (285) end on the final game of the season after suffering a bruised shoulder...Was 27 games shy of Dale Hunter’s franchise record...2001-02: Played in all 82 games with Colorado and set career highs in goals (10) and points (10-21=31)...Tallied a career-high two goals and three points at NSH (3/17)...2000-01: Appeared in all 82 games with Colorado, tallying eight goals and 17 assists for 25 points...1999-00: Skated in 80 games during NHL rookie campaign with Colorado...Netted three goals and complied 16 points (3-13=16) to go along with 20 PIM...Finished tied for seventh among rookie defensemen in scoring...Tallied his first NHL point (assist) at OTT (10/21)...Made his NHL debut at NSH (10/5)...INTERNATIONAL: Played one game for Czech Republic in the 2002 Olympics...AMATEUR: Played two seasons with Barrie (OHL) playing 133 games and tallying 21 goals, 82 assists and 82 PIM...In 18 career OHL playoff contests totaled 17 points (4-13=17)...His +58 rating during the 1998-99 season was a franchise record and tops in the OHL...Finished third in voting for the 1998-99 “Max Kaminsky Trophy” as the OHL’s outstanding defenseman...In 1997-98 led the team in scoring with 44 points (8-36=44)...Skated for Team Cherry at the 1998 Chrysler Cup Prospects Game.

Playoffs: Is one of three Wild players (Brian Rolston and Sean Hill) to have won the Stanley Cup...Has recorded 14 points (1-13=14) and 18 PIM in 73 career payoff games with Colorado?(68) and Minnesota (5)...2006-07: Skated in all five games during first round playoff series vs ANA and posted a +2 rating...2002-03: Appeared in seven playoff contests against Minnesota, tallying an assist and four PIM...2001-02: Played in 21 postseason games tallying six assists and two PIM...2000-01: Appeared in all 23 playoff games as Colorado won the Stanley Cup...Recorded his first career playoff goal in Game Three of the Stanley Cup Finals at NJ (5/31)...1999-00: Played in 17 games and registered two assists and four PIM in his first-ever trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs...Scored his first playoff point (assist) vs. DAL (5/19) and finished with two assists in the game...Made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut against PHX (4/13).

Career Transactions: Acquired by Minnesota with Shawn Belle from Dallas in exchange for Willie Mitchell and a second round choice in the 2007 NHL?Entry Draft, March 9, 2006; Acquired by?Anaheim from Colorado for Kurt Sauer and Anaheim’s fourth round choice (Raymond Macias) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, February 21, 2004; Originally selected by Colorado in the first round (17th overall) of the 1998 NHL?Entry Draft.

Personal: Skoula is single and resides in Litomerice, Czech Republic during the offseason with his German Sheppard, Ixor...Hobbies include mountain biking, soccer, tennis and beach volleyball...Lists Milan Hejduk and Jiri Fischer as his best friends in hockey...Started playing hockey at age five...Favorite hockey players as a kid were Brian Leetch and Slava Fetisov...Favorite food is filet mignon and favorite television show is the “The Sopranos”...Enjoys the music of Metallica and Audioslave and lists Call of Duty as his favorite video game...His favorite part of Minnesota is the snow...Enjoys toast as his favorite breakfast dish.

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