Posted by: Adventures in Pucking | July 18, 2011

Man of the Day 7/18: David Krejci

David Krejčí

Born April 28, 1986 (age 25) in Šternberk, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic)

Center for the Boston Bruins

What can I say? I have a thing for good-looking, talented Czechs. Krejčí is homegrown talent, too; the Bruins drafted him in 2004 (63rd overall) out of the Czech junior leagues–he played for HC Kladno. He played major junior for the Gatineau Olympiques for two seasons, including The Year That Never Was, before heading up to the Providence Bruins and then to the big show. Technically, his first goal came during a shootout against Carolina, but shootout goals don’t count as a player’s first official goal. So, he just went ahead and scored his official first goal a week later. He got his first hatty in December 2008 against the Maple Leafs and was awarded the Bruins’ Seventh Man Award for 2008-09.

Strange fact: in November 2009, Krejčí got sick…with H1N1, also known as the swine flu. He obviously recovered, but had to sit it out for a while as he did so. Remember all the media hysteria about swine flu? After a hit from Mike Richards of the Flyers dislocated his wrist, he had to sit out for the rest of the 2010 playoffs. A year later, though, he scored a playoff hatty against the Lightning in game six of their series. He’s the first Bruin to do such a thing since Cam Neely. Then we all know how the playoffs ended for the Bruins.

It ended like this.

 Krejčí has represented the Czech Republic in the 2008 Worlds and in the 2010 Olympics. He also won the NHL Plus-Minus Award in 2009 for having the highest +/- score that season (+37) and of course has the Stanley Cup win now. This season he played 75 regular-season games, scoring 13 goals and getting 49 assists, spending 28 minutes in the sin bin. In the playoffs, he played 25 games, scored 12 goals, got 11 assists and spent 10 minutes in the sin bin. Here’s to another productive season, Krejčí!

A smile like that certainly doesn't hurt!

 


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  1. […] Krejci: Another Man of the Day, he recently had his days with the Stanley Cup (I read Europeans tend to get two days as a courtesy […]


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