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Ivan Hlinka

Ivan Hlinka

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BIRTHDATE: January 26, 1950
BIRTHPLACE: Most, Czech Republic
Czechoslovakian Player of the Year (1978) WEC-A All-Star Team (1978) Claimed in Special Czechoslovakian Entry Draft by Winnipeg, May 28, 1981. Rights traded to Vancouver by Winnipeg for Brent Ashton and Vancouver's 4th round choice (Tom Martin) in 1982 Entry Draft, July 15, 1981.
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You don't see many. The [Drew] Doughtys, the [P.K.] Subbans, those are guys that create offense from the back and then on top of that ability, the size that he has. In the West you play against some pretty big players, and being able to clear the crease and contain the [Ryan] Getzlafs and the [Corey] Perrys and [Anze] Kopitars and players like that, we're excited about him going back there.

— Sharks general manager Doug Wilson on Brent Burns returning back to defense