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Karel Rachunek
Karel Rachunek
Number: 28
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 220
Shoots: Right
Born: Aug 27, 1979
Birthplace: Zlin, Czech Republic
Hometown: Zlin, Czech Republic
Acquired: Signed as a free agent by DEVILS, July 3, 2007.
Drafted: OTT / 1997 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 9th (229th overall)
LAST SEASON: Returned to North America for first time since 2003-04; games played total was third highest total of five-season NHL career…Made 2006-07 debut in season-opener October 5 vs. Washington for first NHL action since April 3, 2004 at Washington…Despite appearing in only 66 games, finished second among Rangers’ defensemen with 6g-20a- 26pts overall…Totals include season-high fourgame point-scoring streak January 31- February 6 (1g-3a-4pts); also had points in back-to-back games four times, most recently March 8-10 (1g-1a-2pts)…Recorded four twopoint games, including first career two-goal effort December 14 at Dallas…Posted first career shorthanded goal in Stars’ contest… Notched career-high six goals overall, including career-high four power play tallies… Unsuccessful on only career penalty shot attempt December 30 vs. Washington’s O. Kolzig…Game-winning tally February 15 at Carolina was his first since March 21, 2003 at Atlanta…Appeared in his 300th NHL contest January 13 vs. Boston; reached the 100-assist mark in NHL career with two assists December 30 vs. Washington…Missed final 12 regular-season games, as well as four post-season contests with MCL sprain suffered March 13 vs. Ottawa…Missed two games January 6-9 with bruised foot…Saw action in six playoff contests and recorded four assists…Signed by New Jersey as a free agent July 3, 2007.


Returned to Europe for second straight season; skated in 45 games with Yaroslavl (Rus.)…Teammates included Devils’ prospect A. Vasyunov (’06 draft)…Finished first among the team’s defensemen with 11 goals, 16 assists and 27 points…Ranked second on team and led all defensemen with 73 penalty minutes…Appeared in two post-season contests; recorded team-leading 29 PIM…

2004- 05:
Saw action in 21 games with HC Znojemsti Orli (Czech Rep.) and 27 contests with Yaroslavl for first Russian/European action since 2002-03…Czech Republic teammates included Devils’ left wing P. Elias; Russian teammates included former prospect A. But…Career stats with Yaroslavl show 20g-24a- 44pts in 81 games over parts of three seasons…

2003-04: Traded for first time during NHL career; acquired by NY Rangers from Ottawa at deadline…Skated in career-high 72 games overall, surpassing previous season’s total by 14 contests…Combined for career-high 120 shots on goal…Registered his 100th career NHL point with two-assist effort April 3 at Washington…Tallied his first goal/point with New York March 25 vs. Nashville; made his Rangers’ debut on March 12 at Tampa Bay…Skated in his 200th NHL match November 20 vs. Carolina…

2002-03: Spent campaign skating for Yaroslavl, Ottawa and Binghamton (AHL) for last minor league stint/lone AHL stint of career…Yaroslavl teammates included former Devils S. Nemchinov and A. Suglobov…Recorded 4g-25a-29pts with Senators overall, including three power play tallies…Tied for 15th in NHL/tied for second on Ottawa with career-high plus-23 rating; was +24 over the previous two seasons combined…Skated in career-high 17 of 18 playoff contests, including all 7 games of Eastern Conference Finals vs. New Jersey…

2001 - 02: Recorded 3g-15a-18pts, including first two gamewinning goals of NHL career…Selected to appear in the NHL YoungStars Game during All-Star Weekend on January 17 at Los Angeles… Games played total was limited to 51; missed 28 matches due to shoulder injury…

2000-01: Appeared in 71 games during his rookie campaign; ranked second among NHL first-year players (C. White) with +17 mark… Ranked third among rookies with 30a and ninth with 33pts…Selected as NHL’s Rookie of the Month for January, tallying 1g-9a- 10pts and +9 rating in 14 games…Registered first NHL goal on January 16 vs. Los Angeles’ J. Storr…Made NHL playoff debut; appeared in 3 games…

Made North American debut; split campaign between Ottawa (6 games) and Grand Rapids (62) of the now-defunct International Hockey League…Made NHL debut on October 31 at Atlanta…Ranked eighth among IHL rookies with 26pts and was first with +18 mark…

Represented the Czech Republic at the 1999 World Junior Championships…Played four seasons in the Czech Rep. prior to NHL career, including two seasons with ZPS Zlin (Czech Rep.), and two years with ZPS Zlin (Czech Rep. Jr.).

Married the former Katerina Zelingerova, on July 1, 2006…Visited Spain during the 2007 off-season.