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Milan Jurcina
Milan Jurcina
Defenseman
(MEE-lahn YEWR-chee-nah)
Number: 23
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 253
Shoots: Right
Born: Jun 7, 1983
Birthplace: Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia
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Acquired: From Boston for a conditional draft pick, Feb. 1, 2007
Drafted: BOS / 2001 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 8th (241st overall)
2008-09
Played in a career-high 79 games; first among Caps defensemen and tied for fourth on the team … Set a career high in points (14) and assists (11), finishing second among Caps defensemen in points … Finished the season with a +1 rating … Seven of his 14 points came in the third period (1g-6a) … Team was 10-3-0 when he had a point … First on the team in blocked shots (131) and second in hits (157) … Appeared in his 200th career game 10/16 at PIT … Had two assists vs. NYI (12/4) … Tallied three goals on the season, including the game-winner at TOR (12/6) … Tied a career high when he took five shots vs. TB (3/27) … Scored two goals in 14 Stanley Cup playoff games … Second on the team in hits (52) and blocked shots (20) … Second among Caps defensemen and third on the team at +6 … Scored his first career playoff goal to start the scoring in Game 6 at NYR … Finished +4 in the last three games of the ECQF series … Scored a goal and was +2 in Game 4 of the ECSF at PIT (5/8).

Career
2007-08
Played a career-high 75 games; third most among defensemen behind Mike Green (82) and Shaone Morrisonn (76) … Lone goal was a PPG and came in the home opener 10/6 vs. CAR … Tied his career high with eight assists … Second on the team in blocked shots (107) and third in hits (151) … Finished the season with a +4 rating; one of seven defensemen that played more than 20 games to finish with a plus rating … Played in all seven ECQF games against PHI and recorded six PIM.

2006-07:
Played in 30 games for Washington after his acquisition (2/1) and skated more than 20 minutes 29 times … Led Caps defensemen in ice time 19 times and led the team on 14 occasions … Had nine points (2g-7a) with the Caps, three times as many as he had in 40 games with BOS (2g-1a) … Averaged 23:08 of ice time with the Capitals, which would have ranked second on the team over the course of the season … Skated at least 19:30 in every game with the Capitals … Played an average of 10:42 in BOS … Was +5 in his 30 games with the Caps … Caps were 5-3-1 when he tallied a point … Nine of his 12 points came in home games (2g-7a) … Scored the GWG for BOS 12/23 vs. MTL … Played in his 100th NHL game on 2/21 vs. SJ … Recorded six points in 15 GP in March (1g-5a) … Had assists in back-to-back games on two occasions (3/1-3/3, 3/16-3/18) … Posted a season-high +4 in a 7-1 win vs. TB (3/18).
2005-06: Skated in 51 games for BOS during his rookie campaign … Registered 11 points (6g-5a) on the season … Made his NHL debut 10/8 vs. PIT … Notched first NHL point with an assist on 11/25 vs. PHI … Scored first NHL goal in two-goal effort vs. TB (1/7) … Scored career-high two goals in consecutive games (1/7 vs. TB, 1/10 vs. SJ) … Recorded seven of his 11 total points (2g-5a) on the season in an eight-game span (1/7-1/23) … Had two stints with Providence (AHL), tallying three assists and eight PIM in seven games … Did not dress in nine games and missed 10 games with a shoulder injury.
2004-05: Spent season in Providence … Registered 23 points (6g-17a) and 92 PIM in 79 games. 2003-04: Began the season in BOS … Did not dress for seven games before being sent to Providence (10/23) … Tallied 17 points (5g-12a) and 52 PIM in 73 games with the B’s AHL affiliate.

Junior Career
Appeared in a total of 180 career games with Halifax of the QMJHL … Posted 19 goals and 34 assists for 53 points and 216 PIM in three seasons in major juniors.
2002-03: Enjoyed his best season of junior hockey, posting career highs in goals (15), points (28) and PIM (102).
2001-02: Notched a career-high 16 assists. 2000-01: Played a career-high 68 games as a QMJHL rookie.

International Career
2007: Played for Slovakia at the World Championship … Recorded one goal and one assist in seven games.
2006: Represented Slovakia in the Olympic Winter Games … Notched one assist and eight PIM in six games in Turin … Skated for Slovakia at the World Championship … Registered three points (2g-1a) and eight PIM in seven games.
2003: Took the ice for Slovakia at the 2003 World Junior Championship. 2002: Tallied one goal and one assist and 14 PIM in seven games at the 2002 World Junior Championship.

NHL Transactions
Selected by Boston in the eighth round, 241st overall, in 2001 Entry Draft … Traded to Washington by Boston for a fourth-round choice in the 2008 Entry Draft (later traded to Calgary-T.J. Brodie), Feb. 1, 2007.

Personal
Enjoys soccer, tennis and basketball.
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