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Karlis Skrastins
Karlis Skrastins
Defenseman
(KAR-lihs SKRAS-tinsh)
Number: 3
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 208
Shoots: Left
Born: Jul 9, 1974
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Acquired: Acquired from Nashville in exchange for future considerations (third round pick in 2004 Entry Draft, later traded to Ottawa - Ottawa selected Peter Regin Jensen), June 30, 2003
Drafted: NSH / 1998 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 9th (230th overall)
CAREER
2006-07:  Broke the NHL record for consecutive games played by a defenseman when he appeared in his 487th straight game on Feb. 8 vs. Atlanta…He eclipsed the previous mark of 486 games set by Tim Horton with the Maple Leafs from 1961-68…Skrastins’ streak ended at 495 games when he was held out of the lineup on Feb. 25 at Anaheim due to a knee injury…It marked the first time that Karlis had missed a game since Feb. 18, 2000…Appeared in 68 contests for the year, recording 11 points (0g/11a) while finishing second on the club in ice time (21:13)…Was the Avalanche’s nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, as selected by the Colorado chapter of the PHWA…Finished second on the team and seventh in the NHL with 190 blocked shots…Has recorded 397 blocked shots over the past two seasons, fourth most in the league behind Anton Volchenkov (462), Niclas Havelid (417) and Jason Smith (404)…Missed a month of action (13 games) due to his knee injury from Feb. 25 - March 25…Also missed the season finale on April 8 vs. Calgary (foot)…Went the first 31 games of the year without a point before notching an assist on Dec. 13 vs. St. Louis…Recorded a season-high nine blocked shots on Nov. 25 vs. Vancouver…Played in his 500th NHL game on Dec. 9 at Los Angeles…Had a pair of assists on Jan. 5 vs. Tampa Bay, his first multi-point game since March 20, 2003 at Vancouver…Logged a season-high 27:20 of ice time on Jan. 13 at Anaheim…Posted a career-high six shots-on-goal Feb. 18 at Vancouver…Recorded points in three consecutive games for the first time in his career from Feb. 15-18. 2005-06: Appeared in all 82 games for the fifth consecutive season…Extended his consecutive games-played streak to 433 games, longest among all active players…Enjoyed the second highest scoring season of his career, collecting 14 points (3g/11a)…Finished second in the NHL with 207 blocked shots, trailing Buffalo’s Jay McKee (241)…Tied for the team lead with two short-handed goals…Played in his 421st consecutive game on March 22 at Anaheim, passing Kevin Lowe for the second longest streak by a defenseman in NHL history…Lowe skated in 420 straight games from Jan. 28, 1981 to March 7, 1986…Appeared in his 389th straight game on Dec. 28 vs. Los Angeles, giving him the longest streak by a defenseman since 1990…He passed Ken Daneyko, who skated in 388 straight games from Nov. 4, 1989 to March 29, 1994…Played in his 400th consecutive game on Jan. 21 vs. Detroit. PLAYOFFS: Led the Avalanche with 29 blocked shots during the postseason…Was +2 with seven blocked shots in Game One (CQF) at Dallas. 2004-05: Played in his native Latvia during the lockout year. 2003-04: Skated in all 82 games for the fourth straight season, extending his consecutive games-played streak to 351, longest active streak in the NHL…Tied a single-season career high with five goals…His first goal with the Avs was an overtime game-winner, Nov. 2 at Madison Square Garden…It was his first career OT goal…Notched an assist in back-to-back games, Jan. 24-27. 2002-03: Played in all 82 games for the third straight year, extending his consecutive games played streak to 269 (third longest among active players at the time)…Established a Nashville franchise record when he played his 252nd consecutive game March 4 at St. Louis…Ranked second on the Predators in average ice-time (20:17)…Scored his first career shorthanded goal (5-on-3) at NY Islanders on Oct. 15. 2001-02: Registered career-highs in assists (13) and points (17)…Led the team in hits (161) and blocked shots (137)…Ranked third on the club in average ice time (20:28)…Registered his first two career multiple-point games three days apart: Oct. 22 at Edmonton (2a) and Oct. 25 at Calgary (2a). 2000-01: Was one of five Predators to skate in all 82 games…Led the club and ranked ninth in the NHL with 160 blocked shots…Was second on the team in hits (146). 1999-00: Ranked second among NHL rookies in average ice time (20:48)…Finished third on the Predators with 104 hits…Notched his first NHL goal, the game-winner, on Dec. 26 at St. Louis…Was recalled from Milwaukee (IHL) on Nov. 29 and missed only one game (injury) for the remainder of the season. 1998-99: Appeared in two games with the Predators and became the first Nashville player to record a point in his NHL debut, notching an assist on Feb. 9 vs. Detroit…Was the first Predators’ draft selection to appear in an NHL regular season contest…Led Milwaukee defense-men and ranked 11th among IHL blueliners with 44 points.
 
INTERNATIONAL
Has represented his native Latvia at 12 international competitions, including two Olympic Games (2002, ‘06)…Played in all five games for Latvia at the 2006 Olympics in Torino, Italy, recording one assist…Appeared in one game for Latvia at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City…Was Latvia’s leading scorer with six points (3g/3a) in six games at the 2003 IIHF World Championship in Finland…Ranked second among all defensemen with three goals at the 2001 IIHF World Championship.
 
PERSONAL
Karlis and his wife, Zane, have a daughter, Karolina (2)…Nickname is “Scratch”…Returns to his native Latvia during the offseason…Is involved in the Garth Brooks “Teammates For Kids” Foundation…Lists AC Milan as his favorite non-hock-ey team…Lists www.esports.lv as his favorite website.
 
 
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