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David Výborný (born January 22, 1975) is a Czechmarker professional ice hockey player currently playing for HC Sparta Praha of the Czech Extraliga (CZE). He has played for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career

Image:VybornyNoreenaAutographSigning.jpg|David Vyborny, left, signing autographs with Fredrik Norrena in February 2008

Výborný first rose to prominence playing with HC Sparta Praha of the Czech Extraliga in 1992. He scored 20 goals and 44 points in 52 games, all as a teenager. The Edmonton Oilers picked Výborný up in the second round of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, and he proved that he was not a fluke by scoring 46 points for Sparta in the next season.

Výborný came over to North America for the 1994–95 season and played for the Cape Breton Oilers of the American Hockey League (AHL). He again performed quite well, scoring 61 points in 76 games, third most on his team and fifth most among AHL rookies. However, he headed back to Europe after only one season in the AHL. Upon his return to Sparta, he scored more than ever. He scored 42 points in 40 games and helped Sparta into the playoffs, where he again scored more than a point per game. Výborný spent one more season in Praguemarker and continued to improve with 49 points in 47 games; he added 14 more in the playoffs.

Výborný was a star in the Czech Republic, but he went to Swedenmarker for the 1997–98 season. He played for Modo Hockey and led the team in scoring. Again, after just one season abroad, Výborný came back to Sparta Praha. In the 1998–99 season, Výborný cemented his place as one of the stars of the Czech hockey scene. He scored 70 points in 52 games and won the Extra League's scoring title by 18 points. In the next season, he continued to rack up points and finished second in the league's scoring race. He also won a championship with Sparta. Finally, it seemed as if Výborný had nothing left to prove in the Czech Republic.

On June 8, 2000, Výborný was signed by the Columbus Blue Jackets to add some scoring punch in their first season. He debuted in the NHL on October 7, and scored a goal on in his very first NHL game. His production for Columbus was much less than it had been in Prague. In the end, he scored 13 goals and 19 assist, for a total of 32 points in 79 games. He was also ranked 10th among rookies for goals and points and was the first rookie ever to score on multiple penalty shot in one season.

Výborný's performance (31 points) was very similar in his second season. As the Blue Jackets improved, though, so did Výborný. In the 2002–03 NHL season, he scored 46 points and led his team with a +12 plus/minus, which set a record for the Blue Jackets. Výborný improved still more for the 2003–04 NHL season, and he scored 22 goals and 31 assists, for a total of 53 points. He led Columbus in assists and came in second to Rick Nash in goals and points. In addition to his offensive talent, Výborný has proved to be quite durable, as he currently holds the Blue Jackets record for the most consecutive games, with 161. He tied for fourth in the NHL in shorthanded goals with four, another record for the Blue Jackets.

Výborný played for HC Sparta Praha during the 2004–05 NHL lockout.

On April 25, 2008, it was announced that Vyborny is returning to Sparta Praha for the 2008–09 season. With his departure, Rostislav Klesla becomes the only remaining player from the Blue Jackets inaugural season.

Awards and achievements

  • Played in the Czech Ice Hockey Extra League All-Star game in 1999 and 2000


  • Columbus Blue Jackets record for best plus/minus
  • Columbus Blue Jackets record for most consecutive games played
  • NHL record for most penalty shot goals in a season by a rookie
  • Holds following Columbus Blue Jackets career records: games played, assists

International play

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1992–93 HC Sparta Praha Czech Extraliga 52 20 24 44 0
1993–94 HC Sparta Praha Czech Extraliga 51 19 27 46 0
1994–95 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 76 23 38 61 30
1995–96 HC Sparta Praha Czech Extraliga 40 12 30 42 32 12 7 6 13 10
1996–97 HC Sparta Praha Czech Extraliga 47 20 29 49 14 10 7 7 14 6
1997–98 Modo Hockey SEL 45 16 21 37 34
1998–99 HC Sparta Praha Czech Extraliga 52 24 46 70 22 8 1 3 4 0
1999–00 HC Sparta Praha Czech Extraliga 50 25 38 63 30
2000–01 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 79 13 19 32 22
2001–02 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 75 13 18 31 6
2002–03 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 79 20 26 46 16
2003–04 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 82 22 31 53 40
2004–05 Sparta Praha Czech Extraliga 51 12 34 46 10 5 2 5 7 4
2005–06 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 80 22 43 65 50
2006–07 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 82 16 48 64 60
2007–08 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 66 7 19 26 34
2008–09 HC Sparta Praha Czech Extraliga 52 15 28 43 14 11 8 4 12 4
NHL totals 543 113 204 317 228


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