2005-06: Alternate captain Tallied 22-43-65, 50 PIM and was -9 in 80 games Set career highs for goals (tied), assists and points Led the club in points, assists, game-winning goals (6), shorthanded goals (2-tied) and multi-point games (19), ranked third in goals and shooting percentage (15.2 pct.) and fifth in power play goals (5) and shots on goal (145) Ranked second among forwards in ice time (20:41 per game) Is first player in team history to record three consecutive 20-goal seasons Scored 13-23-36 over the last 36 games, including 6-10-16 over the last 12 Played in franchise-record 194-straight games from Oct. 17, 2002-Dec. 20, 2005, before a rib injury forced him to miss the Dec. 21 game vs. Dallas Named the NHL's Offensive Player of the Week for Jan. 23-29 after tallying 2-5-7 with multi-point games in three Columbus wins Had a six-game point streak from Oct. 28-Nov. 9 (5-3-8) and a five-game point streak from Jan. 8-16 (5-2-7), which included a four-game goal streak from Jan. 11-16 (5g) Improved to 4-of-4 in his career on penalty shots when he scored on Dec. 17 vs. Nashville (Tomas Vokoun) Is the franchise's all-time leader in goals (90), assists (137), points (227), games played (295) and shorthanded goals (7), while ranking second in game-winning goals (14) and shots on goal (656) Tallied 1-3-4 in eight games to help the Czech Republic earn the bronze medal at the 2006 Olympic Games in Turin, Italy Games lost to injury: 2 Multi-point (goal) games: 19 (4) Most Points: 3 (4x) - Apr. 18 vs. Dallas (1-2-3), most recent Most Goals: 2 (4x) - Apr. 15 vs. Chicago, most recent Most Assists: 3 (2x) - Jan. 24 vs. Vancouver, most recent Most PIM: 4 (4x) - Mar. 13 at St. Louis Most Shots: 6 - Oct. 28 vs. Minnesota.
CAREER: Has totaled 90-137-227 and 134 PIM in 395 games during his five seasons with the Blue Jackets Played in franchise-record 194-straight games from Oct. 17, 2002-Dec. 20, 2005, before a rib injury forced him to miss the Dec. 21 game vs. Dallas In five seasons in the Czech Elite League, totaled 100-173-273 in 252 games 2004-05: Had 12-34-46 with 10 PIM and was +12 in 51 games with Sparta Praha Tied for fifth in the Czech Elite League in points Added 2-5-7 in five playoff games 2003-04: Registered 22-31-53 with 40 PIM and was -26 in 82 games Recorded career highs in goals, assists and points Finished second in goals and points, while leading the Jackets in assists Also led the Jackets and tied for fourth in the NHL with four shorthanded goals, a team record Only Jackets player to appear in all 82 games Notched first career hat trick Nov. 7 vs. Atlanta Tied team record (fourth time in franchise history) with five-point performance (1-4-5) Feb. 28 vs. Colorado Named NHL Player of the Week after recording 3-6-9 during the week of Feb. 23-29, becoming first non-goalie to win the award for the Blue Jackets Played his 300th career NHL game Mar. 3 at Dallas Scored 50th career NHL goal Oct. 28 at Vancouver 2002-03: Registered 20-26-46 with 16 PIM and was +12 in 79 games Established Blue Jackets record for plus/minus in a season Finished tied for third in goals, fourth in points and fifth in assists on the Jackets Second on the club with four game-winning tallies Goal Mar. 1 vs. Edmonton was the 100th point of his NHL career Registered first multi-goal game of his NHL career with two tallies Mar. 10 at Carolina Notched two three-point performances, Jan. 11 at Calgary (1-2-3) and Mar. 10 at Carolina (2-1-3) 2001-02: Registered 13-18-31 with six PIM and was -14 in 75 games Second-year pro tied his first-year numbers in goals and was one shy in assists and points Tied for second with six power play goals Netted a goal in back-to-back games twice (Jan. 9-10 & Mar. 25-26) Two points (game-winning goal and assist) in first win at Detroit (Feb. 8) 2000-01: Registered 13-19-32 with 22 PIM and was -9 in 79 games Finished in the top 10 of five NHL rookie categories Ranked seventh in takeaways (39) and shots, eighth in power play points (12-tied) and 10th in points (32) and goals (tied) Established a NHL record by becoming the first rookie to score on multiple penalty shots Scored on Chicago's Rob Tallas at 7:16 of the second period in a 2-1 road loss on Oct. 15 Beat Nashville's Tomas Vokoun at 18:01 of the third period in a 2-1 home loss on Mar. 19 Tallied a career high three points (1-2-3) Mar. 24 vs. Calgary First multi-point game of his career with a pair of assists Dec. 29 vs. Carolina Netted his first NHL goal in his first NHL game Oct. 7 vs. Chicago 1999-00: Collected 25-38-63 in 50 games for Sparta Praha in the Czech Republic Ranked second in the league in scoring and third in assists Helped Praha to both regular season and playoff championships along with a 34-10-8 mark Scored the game-winner in a 1-0 win over HC Slovnaft Vsetin to give Praha a 3-0 sweep in the league playoff championship Ranked third in the league in plus-minus rating with a +43 rating Selected to play in the league's annual all-star game 1998-99: Recorded a career high in points with 24-46-70 in 52 games Won the league's scoring title by 18 points Selected to play in league's annual all-star game and finished second in the fastest skater competition Tied for fifth in the league in goals and first in assists Recorded 0-3-3 in the all-star game, helping Team West to a 13-4 win 1997-98: Played his first and only season in the Swedish Elite League with MoDo, tallying 16-21-37 in 45 games 1996-97: Recorded 20-29-49 in 47 games Helped Praha to a third-place finish in postseason league tournament, totaling 2-3-5 in the best-of-three series consolation round Ranked 14th in the league in scoring and ninth in assists 1995-96: Returned to Europe after one se
ason in North America, collecting 19-36-55 in 52 games Ranked 10th in the league in scoring and assists Helped Sparta to a first-place finish in the regular season with a 27-10-3 mark 1994-95: Tallied 23-38-61 in 76 games with Cape Breton, Edmonton's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate Ranked fifth among all AHL rookies in scoring and ranked third on the team in scoring Netted seven power play goals and a team-high five game-winning goals OTHER: Has represented the Czech Republic at the World Championships in 2005, '04, '03, '02, '01, '00, '99, '97 and '96, helping his country to three gold medals ('96, '99, 00) and a bronze ('97) Had 1-3-4, eight PIM and was +3 in nine games for Czech Republic in nine games at World Championships in 2005 Was +5 in five games at World Cup of Hockey 2004 Was the third-leading scorer at the 2000 tournament with 4-6-10 in nine games and a Second Team All-Star selection in voting by the media Also played for the Czech Republic at the World Junior Championships in 1993 (6-9-15 in seven games) and 1994 (2-5-7 in seven games).
PERSONAL: Married: wife, Irena; son, Michal (3/20/00) Nickname: "Veebs" Hobbies: Soccer, Tennis Favorite Sports Team: Real Madrid Favorite Athlete: Roger Federer Favorite Actor: Al Pacino Favorite NHL City: Montreal Favorite Food: Chicken and Pasta Idol Growing Up: Sergei Makarov His father is a hockey coach in Czech Republic Started playing hockey at age 3 Spends off-season in his native Czech Republic.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Edmonton's second pick, 33rd overall, in the 1993 Entry Draft Signed by Columbus as a free agent on June 8, 2000.