David Koci
David Koci
Left Wing
NUMBER: 28
HEIGHT: 6' 6"
WEIGHT: 238
SHOOTS: Left
BIRTHDATE: 05/12/1981
BIRTHPLACE: Prague, CZE
DRAFTED: PIT: 2000-146 overall
Missed majority of 2005-06 due to knee injury, November, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Chicago, July 17, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, July 3, 2008. Claimed on waivers by St. Louis from Tampa Bay, October 21, 2008. Claimed on waivers by Tampa Bay from St. Louis, November 20, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Colorado, July 1, 2009. Missed majority of 2010-11 due to facial injury and as a healthy reserve. Signed as a free agent by Sparta Praha (CzRep), October 1, 2011.
2009-10 SEASON
Appeared in a career-high 43 games in his first season with the Avalanche, tallying one goal and 84 penalty minutes…Finished second on the club in penalty minutes and major penalties (12)…Dressed in 28 of the first 29 games, including a streak of 26 consecutive games from Oct. 10 to Dec. 2…Scored his only goal of the season (second career) on Oct. 28 at Calgary…Had a season-high 20 PIM and a game misconduct on Dec. 15 vs. Washington… Skated in his 100th NHL game on Jan. 18 vs. Edmonton…Suffered a hand injury on Feb. 8 vs. St. Louis, forcing him to miss 17 games from Feb. 10 to March 28…Placed on IR, Feb. 9 and activated on April 1…Appeared in his first game in two months on April 7 at Edmonton. PLAYOFFS: Did not dress during the postseason.

CAREER
2008-09: Appeared in 37 combined games with the Tampa Bay Lightning and St. Louis Blues, recording two points (1g/1a) and 141 penalty minutes…Skated in 33 contests with Tampa Bay, notching a goal and an assist while ranking second on the club with 132 PIM…Also saw action in four games with St. Louis (no points)…Opened the season with Tampa Bay, appearing in one game before being claimed off waivers by St. Louis on Oct. 21…Was re-claimed by Tampa Bay a month later on Nov. 20…Missed 19 games due to an upper-body injury from Nov. 28 to Jan. 9…Collected his first NHL assist/point on Feb. 22 vs. Boston…Scored his first NHL goal on March 26 at Montreal (Carey Price). 2007-08: Spent the first half of the season with the Blackhawks, appearing in 18 games (0g/0a, 68 PIM)…Was assigned to Rockford (AHL) on Jan. 29 and loaned to Norfolk (AHL) on Feb. 28…Was named alternate captain of the Norfolk Admirals on March 7. 2006-07: Recorded 42 minutes in penalties during his NHL debut on March 10 at Phoenix, which included three fighting majors and a pair of 10-minute game  misconducts…Played in nine total games for the Blackhawks, logging 88 penalty minutes…Also appeared in 44 games with Norfolk and led the Admirals with 223 PIM. 2005-06: Missed the majority of the season recovering from a knee injury. 2004-05: Led Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with 311 penalty minutes while tallying an AHL career-high nine points (1g/8a). 2003-04: Appeared in 78 regular-season games and 10 playoff contests for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton…Led the club with 298 PIM. 2002-03: Spent most of the year with Wheeling of the ECHL, but also saw time with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. 2001-02: Split the season between Wheeling and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton… Combined for 203 penalty minutes between the two clubs. 2000-01: Played for Prince George of the Western Hockey League in his first season in North America…Had nine points (2g/7a) and 155 penalty minutes in 70 games for the Cougars.

PERSONAL
David resides in the Czech Republic during the offseason…During the Tampa Bay Lightning’s trip to Prague for the 2008-09 season opener, Koci and a few of his teammates made a visit to “Jedlickova Ustavu a Skol,” a school for the mentally and physically challenged…He participated in a game of wheelchair hockey with the children and stayed afterwards to sign autographs…Last name is pronounced KO-chee.