Tomas Kaberle

Tomas Kaberle

Czech professional ice hockey player, defenseman
Date of Birth: 02.03.1978
Country: Czech

  1. Biography of Tomas Kaberle
  2. Early Life and Career
  3. NHL and International Career
  4. International Success

Biography of Tomas Kaberle

Tomas Kaberle is a Czech professional ice hockey defenseman who currently serves as an alternate captain for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the National Hockey League (NHL). He is the oldest member of the team and first played for Toronto in 1998.

Tomas Kaberle

Early Life and Career

Tomas Kaberle was born on March 2, 1978, in Rakovnik, Czechoslovakia. His father, Frantisek Kaberle Sr., was also a professional ice hockey player and represented Czechoslovakia in the 1970s.

Tomas Kaberle

Kaberle's older brother, Frantisek Kaberle Jr., is also a defenseman and currently a free agent.

Tomas Kaberle

Kaberle was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1996 NHL Draft, chosen 204th overall in the eighth round. He initially played sparingly during the 1998-1999 season but gradually earned more ice time, especially after Brian Berard's injury.

Tomas Kaberle

NHL and International Career

By the 2001-2002 season, Kaberle had established himself as a reliable defenseman, earning a spot on the NHL All-Star Team. He also represented the Czech Republic in the Winter Olympics in 2002, helping the team win a bronze medal.

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Kaberle's success continued throughout his career. He became known for his rare ability to score goals in overtime, with seven such goals in his collection.

In 2006, Kaberle signed a five-year contract extension worth $21.25 million. This contract significantly impacted his performance until the 2010-2011 season.

Kaberle represented the Toronto Maple Leafs in the NHL All-Star Game for the second time in January 2007. However, later that year, he suffered a concussion from a hit to the head by Cam Janssen of the New Jersey Devils. Despite missing eight games, Kaberle made a successful return to the team in March.

In 2008, Kaberle demonstrated his accuracy by hitting four targets in four shots during the NHL All-Star Skills Competition. However, he finished second to Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the following year's competition.

International Success

Kaberle achieved international success by representing the Czech Republic in various tournaments. He played alongside his brother, Frantisek Kaberle Jr., in the World Championships in 2005, where they won a gold medal. They also competed together in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, helping the Czech Republic win a bronze medal.

Throughout his career, Tomas Kaberle has established himself as a skilled defenseman and a valuable asset to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Despite facing some setbacks, he continues to contribute both domestically and internationally.