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Róbert Švehla ( in English; born January 2, 1969 in Martinmarker, Slovakiamarker) is a Slovak retired professional ice hockey defenceman who played in the NHL for 9 seasons from 1995 until 2003.

Career

Švehla was drafted 78th overall by the Calgary Flames in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft, but he did not play a game for them before moving on to the Florida Panthers. Švehla played 8 seasons with the Panthers before moving to the Toronto Maple Leafs for his final season. Švehla played 655 career NHL games, scoring 68 goals and 267 assists for 335 points. His best offensive season was the 1995–96 season when he registered career highs in assists (49) and points (57).

Švehla was also strong defensively and was a willing bodychecker. He led the NHL in hits on multiple occasions during his time in Florida. Despite this, Švehla was a durable player missing only 6 games during his final 8 seasons in the NHL.

Svehla controversially wore number 67 while a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs. It was controversial because the Leafs haven’t won the cup since 1967 and some fans thought he was mocking them. The real reason Svehla chose this number was due to the Maple Leafs organization calling him in the middle of the night while he was at home in Slovakia. The Leafs gave a list of numbers and Svehla chose 67 while half asleep. This might not have been the case if the Maple Leafs had taken into consideration the time zone difference.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1990–91 Dukla Trenčín CS 52 14 8 22 61
1992–93 Malmö IF SEL 40 19 10 29 86
1993–94 Malmö IF SEL 37 14 25 39 127
1994–95 Florida Panthers NHL 5 1 1 2 0
1994–95 Malmö IF SEL 32 11 13 24 83 9 2 3 5 6
1995–96 Florida Panthers NHL 81 8 49 57 94 22 0 6 6 32
1996–97 Florida Panthers NHL 82 13 32 45 86 5 1 4 5 4
1997–98 Florida Panthers NHL 79 9 34 43 113
1998–99 Florida Panthers NHL 80 8 29 37 83
1999–00 Florida Panthers NHL 82 9 40 49 64 4 0 1 1 4
2000–01 Florida Panthers NHL 82 6 22 28 76
2001–02 Florida Panthers NHL 82 7 22 29 87
2002–03 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 7 38 45 46 7 0 3 3 2
NHL totals 655 68 267 335 649 38 1 14 15 42


Coaching career

On 14 January 2009, Švehla joined HC Dukla Trenčín and signed a contract as assistant coach.

References

  1. http://www.mshkzilina.sk/index.php?url=clanok-detail&id=12794


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