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Rostislav Klesla
Rostislav Klesla
(RAH-stih-slahv KLEHS-luh)
Number: 97
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 215
Shoots: Left
Born: Mar 21, 1982
Birthplace: Novy Jicin, Czech Republic
Drafted: CBJ / 2000 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (4th overall)

2008-09: Notched 1-8-9, 38 penalty minutes and was +2 in 34 games with Columbus… Tallied his first goal of the season Oct. 25 at Minnesota… Played in 100-consecutive games Mar. 27, 2007-Nov. 1, 2008… Streak ended when he missed the Nov. 3 contest at NY Islanders… Missed four games Nov. 3-8 due to injury… Missed 16 games Nov. 15-Dec. 20 due to injury… Missed 11 games Jan. 6-31 due to injury… Missed 11 games Feb. 13-Mar. 5 due to injury… Missed six games Mar. 29-Apr. 10 due to injury… Added 0-1-1 in four playoff games… Made his Stanley Cup playoffs debut in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals at Detroit on Apr. 16… Registered his first career playoff point with an assist (Rick Nash goal) in Game 4 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals vs. Detroit on Apr. 23…

2007-08: Collected 6-12-18 with 60 penalty minutes and was +7 in 82 games with Columbus… Was one of two Blue Jackets to play in all 82 games (Nikolai Zherdev)… Set career highs in plus/minus rating, power play goals (3) and time on ice average (23:12)… Tied a career high with one game-winning goal… Led the club in time on ice average and logged 20-or-more minutes in 78-of-82 games… Ranked second on the club in plus/minus rating and was fourth (tied) in power play goals… Was second among Blue Jackets’ defensemen in goals, points, plus/minus rating, power play goals and shots (130)… Played in a Blue Jackets’ season-high (overtime game) 31:45 of action Mar. 30 at Chicago… Tied a Blue Jackets’ franchise record when he was +4 Mar. 9 vs. Tampa Bay… Became the second player to play in 400 games as a Blue Jacket (David Vyborny) on Mar. 16 vs. Detroit… Collected the 100th point of his NHL career with a goal Jan. 17 at Phoenix…

2006-07: Collected 9-13-22 and 105 penalty minutes in 75 games with Columbus… Led team defensemen in goals… Set career-highs in goals and points… Was fourth on the team in penalty minutes and fifth in shots (159)… Did not play in the first two games of the season – suspended… Netted his first career multi-goal game with 2-0-2 Nov. 9 at St. Louis... Played the 300th game of his NHL career Jan. 30 at Vancouver… Notched 1-0-1 with eight penalty minutes in four games for Team Czech Republic at the World Championships…

2005-06: Tallied 6-13-19 and 75 penalty minutes in 51 games with Columbus… Ranked fourth on the club in ice time (21:26)… Missed the first 12 games of the season due to a stress fracture in his right leg suffered in the preseason… Missed 16 games Nov. 11-Dec. 17 due to a broken hand suffered Nov. 9 vs. St. Louis… Missed the final three games of the season due to a groin injury…

2004-05: Had 7-17-24, 136 penalty minutes and was +3 in 41 games with HC Vsetin (Czech)… Tallied 1-2-3 with 12 penalty minutes in nine games with Hameenlinna (Finland)…

2003-04: Had 2-11-13 and 27 penalty minutes in 47 games with Columbus… Finished third among club defensemen in goals, assists and points… Notched the first game-winning goal of his NHL career Jan. 2 at Tampa Bay (John Grahame)… Played the 200th game of his NHL career Mar. 27 at Nashville…

2002-03: Had 2-14-16 and 71 penalty minutes in 72 games with Columbus… Named to the Topps/NHL YoungStars Game for the second consecutive season and played in the contest for the first time… Second among team defensemen in assists and third in points… Recorded first multi-point game of his NHL career with 0-2-2 Nov. 3 vs. Buffalo… Missed eight games Jan. 11-25 due to a sprained shoulder…

2001-02: Had 8-8-16 and 74 penalty minutes in 75 games with Columbus during his rookie season… Named to the NHL All-Rookie Team… Selected to play in the Topps/NHL YoungStars Game, but was unable to play due to a shoulder injury… Led all NHL rookie defensemen in goals… Was second on the team in plus/minus rating among players with at least 50 games… Ranked fourth (tied) in the NHL and led all rookies in blocked shots (175)… Tallied his first career NHL assist (Grant Marshall goal) Oct. 14 at Chicago… Missed seven games Jan. 26-Feb. 9 due to a shoulder sprain… Recorded 1-2-3 in seven games for the Czech Republic at the World Championships in Sweden…

2000-01: Registered 2-0-2 and six penalty minutes in eight games with Columbus… Scored the first goal of his NHL career in the Blue Jackets first-ever win Oct. 12 at Calgary (Mike Vernon)… Recorded 18-36-54 with 59 penalty minutes and was +22 in 45 games with Brampton (OHL)… Ranked second on the Batallion in points per game (1.20)… Added 2-9-11 with 26 penalty minutes in nine playoff games… Led the Batallion in assists and tied for second in points… Was named the top NHL prospect by The Hockey News for the 2000-01 campaign… Helped Team Czech Republic capture the gold medal at the World Junior Championships… Tallied 3-4-7 in seven games to lead all blueliners in scoring and was named the tournament’s Top Defenseman…


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