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Jaroslav Hlinka
Jaroslav Hlinka
Center
Number: 17
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 185
Shoots: Left
Born: Nov 10, 1976
Birthplace: Prague, Czech Republic
CAREER
2007-08: Recorded 28 points (8g/20a) in 63 games in his first NHL?season…Finished eighth on the Avalanche in plus/minus with a +6 rating…Made his NHL debut in the season opener on Oct. 3 vs. Dallas, recording a pair of assists for his first career points…Scored his first NHL goal on Oct. 23 at Edmonton…Registered a three-game point streak (0g/3a) from Dec. 21-27…Finished fourth on the team in scoring during the month of December with nine points (3g/6a) in 15 games…Appeared in 39 straight games, Nov. 24 to Feb. 18, collecting 21 points (5g/16a) with a +13 plus/minus rating…Had only four "minus" games during that stretch…Scored his first career game-winning goal and added an assist on March 13 vs. Edmonton. PLAYOFFS: Made his NHL playoff debut in Game Two (CSF) at Detroit on April 26. 2006-07: Shared the Czech League scoring title with 57 points (19g/38a) in 46 games for HC Sparta…Led Sparta in regular season and playoff scoring…Tallied the most assists in the Czech Extraliga playoffs with 12…Competed for the Czech Republic at the 2007 IIHF World Championship in Moscow, finishing second on the team in scoring with seven points (3g/4a) in seven games. 2005-06: Spent most of the year with Kloten (Swiss) before returning home to play for Sparta…Compiled 10 goals and 16 points in 17 playoff games for Sparta…Helped the Czech Republic to a silver medal at the 2006 IIHF World Championship in Latvia…Recorded six points (2g/4a) in nine games during the tournament. 2002-03: Appeared in all nine games for the Czech Republic at the 2003 IIHF World Championship, tallying two goals and one assist. 2001-02: Led the Czech League with 45 assists during the regular season with HC Sparta. 2000-01: Captured a gold medal with the Czech Republic at the 2001 IIHF World Championship…Appeared in all nine games at the Worlds, scoring one goal. 1999-00: Recorded a career-high 20 goals in 47 games for Sparta…Finished second on the club in both goals and points (57). 1997-98: Ranked second on the team with 18 goals in his second full season with Sparta.

INTERNATIONAL
Has represented the Czech Republic at six World Championships…Was a teammate of Avalanche forward Milan Hejduk at the 2003 IIHF World Championship…Helped the Czech Republic to a silver medal at the 2006 World Championship and a gold medal at the 2001 World Championship.

PERSONAL
Jaroslav and his wife, Klara, have two children, Nicole and Tomas…Spent his summer at home in Prague…Participates in charity hockey and soccer games in the Czech Republic…Lists English soccer club Arsenal as his favorite non-hockey team…Lists French soccer star Zinedine Zidane as the person he would most like to meet.
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