Mike Kostka

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Mike Kostka
Michael Kostka - New York Rangers.jpg
Kostka as a Ranger in October 2014.
Born (1985-11-28) November 28, 1985 (age 34)
Ajax, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
Former teams
Free Agent
Toronto Maple Leafs
Chicago Blackhawks
Tampa Bay Lightning
New York Rangers
Ottawa Senators
Skellefteå AIK
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2008–present

Mike Kostka (born November 28, 1985 in Ajax, Ontario) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman. He currently plays for the New York Rangers of the NHL. He has also played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks, and Tampa Bay Lightning.

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He started his hockey career with the Ajax-Pickering Raiders of the Eastern AAA Hockey League. He played 2 seasons with them and then moved on to play in the Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League for the Ajax Axemen for 2 seasons and the Aurora Tigers for 1 season. He went on to play in college for the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he played 4 years for the Minutemen.

He went undrafted but was signed to a professional contract by the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League on March 25, 2008. He spent 1 season with the Sabres' AHL, the Rochester Americans and then two seasons with the new affiliate, the Portland Pirates. He returned to the Rochester Americans for the 2010–11 AHL season. He then signed a contract with Rochester's then-affiliate, Florida Panthers.[1] The Panthers traded Kostka along with Evan Oberg, to the Tampa Bay Lightning for James Wright and Mike Vernace.[2] He played for the Norfolk Admirals and helped them win the Calder Cup during the 2011–12 AHL playoffs. He was then signed as a free agent by the Toronto Maple Leafs to a one-year contract.[3] He got his first NHL point during his debut NHL game against the Montreal Canadiens on January 19, 2013.[4]

On July 19, 2013, He signed as a free agent with the defending champions, the Chicago Blackhawks to a one-year, two way contract.[5]

On February 23, 2014, Kostka was claimed off waivers by the Tampa Bay Lightning.[6]

On June 28, 2014, Kostka was signed as a free agent by the New York Rangers to a one-year contract.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Panthers Sign Foster, Kostka To American Hockey League Deals". Florida Panthers. Retrieved 2013-09-16.
  2. "Lightning Trade Wright, Vernace to Panthers for Kostka, Oberg". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2013-09-16.
  3. "Leafs Sign McClement & Kostka". Toronto Maple Leafs. Retrieved 2013-09-16.
  4. "Leafs Edge Canadiens in Season Opener". The Canadian Press. Retrieved 2013-09-16.
  5. "Blackhawks agree with LeBlanc, Peckham, Kostka". NHL.com. Retrieved 2013-09-16.
  6. "Lightning Claim Defenseman Mike Kostka Off Waivers". Tampa Bay Lightning. Retrieved 2014-03-06.
  7. "Dan Boyle highlights hectic day of Rangers signings". NHL. Retrieved 2014-07-3. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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