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Frantisek Kaberle

* Most points (13) by defenseman in 2006 Stanley Cup championship, including cup-winning goal
* 30 points over 9 World Championships, winning five gold medals
* played in 1996 World Cup and won Bronze in the 2006 Olympics

When Frantisek Kaberle's younger brother Tomas stepped into the Toronto Maple Leafs line up and started turning heads as a solid puck moving defenseman, NHL clubs took a longer look at him.

Kaberle assisted on nine goals for L.A. in 37 games before he was packing his bags as the result of a trade. The Kings felt they needed some veteran leadership in their locker room for the playoffs and the price they paid was diminutive sniper Donald Audette and Kaberle. Both were shipped to the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for Nelson Emerson and Kelly Buchberger.

In Atlanta, Kaberle was an instant success. The defenseman fit in well and managed seven points in 14 games to finish out the season. The following year, in 51 games he was able to post 15 points but more importantly set a franchise record with his plus-11 rating. That spring he joined team Czech Republic and won his third straight gold medal at the World Championships.

In 2001-02 Kaberle elevated his play and flashed some offensive skills by tallying five goals and 25 points despite missing 17 games because of a groin/hamstring injury and would once again represent his homeland at the 2002 World Championships. Kaberle returned stronger in 2002-03 and led all Atlanta defencemen in minutes played averaging nearly 22 minutes per-game before establishing a career high 29 points (3-26-29) in 2003-04. Kaberle went on to play a little over four seasons with the Thrashers before being acquired by the Carolina Hurricanes in the summer of 2004.

In 2004-05 due to the NHL lockout Kaberle skated with Modo of the Swedish league prior to competing for his hometown club in Klando of the Czech league. When NHL play resumed, he returned for his for first full season as a Hurricane and produced his most offensive season at the time tallying 44 points. Heading into the playoffs healthy, Kaberle suited up for each of Carolina's 25 playoff games. In game seven Kaberle scored the game-winning goal which granted the Carolina Hurricanes the Stanley Cup in 2006.

Throughout his playing career, Kaberle has represented the Czech Republic at the 1993 World Junior Championships as well as the 2006 Winter Olympics and is a seven-time member of its World Championship team (1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005)

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