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Tomas Kaberle

Tomas Kaberle  #22

Defenseman
NUMBER: 22 BIRTHDATE: March 2, 1978
HEIGHT: 6' 1" BIRTHPLACE: Rakovnik, Czech Republic
WEIGHT: 212 DRAFTED: TOR / 1996 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 8th   (204th overall)
<span class="txt18Strg">All-Star Profile </span><br /> <br /> <a href="#quick"><b>QUICK FACTS</b></a><br /> <a href="#he"><b>HE SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#they"><b>THEY SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#news"><b>IN THE NEWS</b></a><br /> <a href="#video"><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b></a><br /> <br /> <a name="quick"></a><b>QUICK FACTS</b><br /> Given the choice, Tomas Kaberle usually prefers to pass rather than shoot. Given no choice, Kaberle proved at last year's All-Star Weekend that he's a pretty deadly shooter. Kaberle hit targets on eight of nine shots in the first two rounds and then won a one-shot tiebreaker to claim the Accuracy Shooting title during the 2008 NHL SuperSkills competition. <br /> <br /> Patience and poise with the puck have been hallmarks of Kaberle's game since he broke in with the Leafs 10 seasons ago. Now the senior Leaf in terms of continuous service to the team, he ranks third on the franchise's all-time scoring list among defensemen with 427 points -- trailing only Borje Salming (768) and Tim Horton (458). Kaberle is just the 19th player in club history to score 400 career points for the Maple Leafs. <br /> <br /> Getting better as he has gotten older, Kaberle's 23 assists through Jan. 6 were the third most among NHL defensemen. He finished third on the Maple Leafs in scoring last season, reaching the 50-point plateau for the third consecutive year while playing in all 82 games and earning his second second consecutive and third career trip to the NHL All-Star Game. <br /> <br /> Kaberle skated for the first time while living in Japan as a four-year-old. He honed his game in the Czech Republic while following in the footsteps of his father Frantisek, who played for Czechoslovakia in 1976 Canada Cup and 1980 Lake Placid Olympics, and his brother Frantisek Jr., a fellow NHLer with the Carolina Hurricanes. <br /> <br /> <a name="he"></a><b>HE SAID IT</b><br /> On knowing he was born to play hockey: &quot;I knew when I was a little bit older, say around eight or nine years old, and I played soccer and tennis, hockey was the game for me. I was in love with it. I was following my dad and brother and I knew it was in me.&quot; <br /> <br /> On winning the 2008 Accuracy Shooting competition: &quot;In my mind I was, like, 'Hopefully I get at least one.' It ended up pretty good. Maybe luck. It was one of those days. It felt good on the stick. You get lots of time. It's not like in a game time situation. You can hold it for a second.&quot; <br /> <br /> On playing for coach Pat Quinn: &quot;He gave me a chance. And he was never afraid to tell me when I was playing well or when I was playing bad.&quot; <br /> <br /> On becoming a Leafs elder statesman: &quot;There has been a lot of turnover. This is probably the most I've seen here since I came on board in 1999. It's kind of funny. I was a rookie back then. Now I'm the guy trying to help out all the kids.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="they"></a><b>THEY SAID IT</b><br /> Anders Hedberg, former Leafs chief European scout: &quot;Every time I see Tomas play, whether for the Czech Republic or the Toronto Maple Leafs, it's a true pleasure. He has developed into such a fine player on the ice and a gentleman off the ice.&quot; <br /> <br /> Toronto goaltender Curtis Joseph: &quot;He has really evolved as a player, the way you hope your draft picks would...He was so poised with the puck as a rookie. You saw he had all kinds of skill back then, but he has gained about 20 pounds, and gained strength. He has become the complete package. He has become a star.&quot; <br /> <br /> Leafs forward John Mitchell: &quot;He is actually a pretty comical guy. He is not goofy or anything, but he will chirp at the young guys like me, every once in a while. He will give it to me when I need to get my head back on my shoulders.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="news"></a><b>IN THE NEWS</b><br /> <a href="http://www.nationalpost.com/sports/story.html?id=1144761">Leafs' Kaberle rises quietly to stardom</a><br /> <a href="http://www.thestar.com/article/561145">Kaberle's Last of the Old Guard</a><br /> <a href="http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20081008.wspt_leafs08/GSStory/GlobeSportsHockey/">Kaberle Fulfilling Eastern Promise</a><br /> <br /> <!--<a name="video"></a><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b><br /> <a href="http://www.nbcbayarea.com/sports/hockey/Joe_Thornton_and_the_Game_of_Risk_Bay_Area.html">Bay Area Sports: The Game of Risk</a><br /><br>--><span class="txt14Strg">Career All-Star Game Statistics </span> <div style="border: 1px solid rgb(161, 161, 161); margin: 4px 0px; padding: 0px; float: left; width: 660px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);" id="asstatsbox"> <table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="2" border="0" width="100%" class="asstat"> <tbody> <tr class="headrw"> <td>SEASON</td> <td>TEAM</td> <td>Score</td> <td>R</td> <td align="center">GP</td> <td align="center">G</td> <td align="center">A</td> <td align="center">PTS</td> <td align="center">+/-</td> <td align="center">PIM</td> <td align="center">PP</td> <td align="center">SH</td> <td align="center">GW</td> <td align="center">SOG</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2001-02</td> <td>World</td> <td>8-5</td> <td>W</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center" class="right">1</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2006-07</td> <td>East</td> <td>9-12</td> <td>L</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">-3</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center" class="right">0</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2007-08</td> <td>East</td> <td>8-7</td> <td>W</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">-1</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center" class="right">0</td> </tr> <tr class="totrw"> <td colspan="4">All-Star Totals</td> <td align="center">3</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">-3</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center" class="right">1</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <script type="text/javascript">jQuery(function(){ jQuery('#asstatsbox').corner('6px'); });</script>
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I'm just excited about the opportunity. I've been on the ice earlier than usual and in the weight room, pushing around a little more weights than usual. Every day I go into a workout with a smile on my face and ready to go. When you do have a little more responsibility, you want to take your lunch pail and get ready to work.

— Brian Elliott to Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch on being the Blues' No. 1 goalie