One player NHL teams won’t be interviewing is Czech defenseman Petr Buzek, who is in a hospital in his homeland with serious injuries from a recent car accident.Anaheim wasn’t the only team openly backing away.
“He is supposed to be in the hospital until at least the draft,” said (Anaheim scout David) McNab. “Now everyone will do the same thing – all 26 teams will be saying what a great sixth-rounder he has become.”
Associated Press. “Defensemen big in NHL draft.” Times, The (Trenton, NJ) 14 Jun. 1995, Sports: B7.
Director of player personnel Chuck Grillo has narrowed the vast field of prospects the Sharks might draft. Scratch the name Petr Buzek, a defenseman from the Czech Republic, off the board.Another article, with quotes from Hartford GM Jim Rutherford, would verify that the Whalers had Buzek in the top five overall on their draft board before the accident.
“The young man had the misfortune of having what may be a career-ending car accident in the last couple weeks,” Grillo said.
Except for it not being Buzek, the Sharks’ first-round pick (12th overall) is anybody’s guess.
Chi, Victor. “SHARKS WON’T REVEAL DRAFT STRATEGY.” San Jose Mercury News (CA) 28 Jun. 1995, Sports: 1E
With their third pick, the Stars chose Czechoslovakia’s Petr Buzek, a defenseman who had been regarded as a first-round pick before suffering major leg injuries and a hairline fracture in his forehead in an auto accident. He is unlikely to be able to skate before December.The “black skater” referenced in the headline was Kamloops forward Jarome Iginla, who would be traded to Calgary for Joe Nieuwendyk before ever suiting up in Dallas. And the 2nd-rounder that Dallas traded would be traded twice more before Chicago used it to pick Remi Royer from Saint Hyacinthe of the QMJHL.
Buzek broke his leg in three places and had his right kneecap sheared off in the wreck. He attended Saturday’s draft in a wheelchair but said, through an interpreter, he was thrilled to be chosen by Dallas.
Cowlishaw, Tim. “STARS MAKE HISTORY IN NHL DRAFT – No. 11 pick is earliest black skater ever taken.” The Dallas Morning News 9 Jul. 1995, SPORTS DAY: 1B
One of the more encouraging signs at the Dr Pepper StarCenter is the sight of defenseman Petr Buzek skating on his own and, occasionally, with the team.
“Right now he’s just doing his conditioning to get his wrist and his knee stronger,” said trainer Dave Surprenant. “He’s coming along.”
Cowlishaw, Tim. “Absence of late-season trades is sign of stability.” The Dallas Morning News 21 Mar. 1996, SPORTS DAY: 16B
VAIL, Colo. – Petr Buzek has become comfortable enough with the May night in 1995 when he almost lost his life that he is able to joke about it.Buzek made his preseason debut on September 15 against St. Louis, earning an assist on a power play goal by Benoit Hogue. Three days later, he served as a post-game interpreter for goalie Roman Turek, who had just made his own North American debut. But as the rosters were trimmed in preparation for the regular season, both Buzek and Turek were sent to the IHL.
“It was a blur; I don’t know,” the 19-year-old Stars defenseman prospect said. “I know I was sleepy and I just open my eyes and all I see was a tree, boom.”
Buzek, a native of the Czech Republic, ran his car into that tree at 80 mph, crushing the car and all but shattering his body. He has since had surgeries that have left him with seven screws and a plate in his right ankle, two screws in his right wrist and 20 screws and a plate in the femur in his left leg. In addition, his right kneecap was broken in several places, was set wrong during surgery and had to be broken and reset again.
“That was worst,” Buzek said, rolling his eyes. “They told me they had to break it again and I said, `What?’ ”
The reason Buzek can laugh now is that 14 months after the accident, he feels great. He is participating in the Stars’ training camp and “sure doesn’t look like someone who missed a year of hockey,” Stars coach Ken Hitchcock said.
At age 19, Buzek is a long enough shot to make the Stars’ roster. When you consider his injuries and the recovery time, there’s no way the defenseman should be able to fight his way into a veteran lineup.
But here he is.
“Logically, you’d say he has to spend a year at Kalamazoo Mich.,” Hitchcock said of the Stars’ minor-league affiliate. “But he’s making us look at him in a different way,”
For his part, Buzek said he wouldn’t hate a season in the International Hockey League, but that’s not his goal.
“I want to make team; that’s what I am here for,” he said. “I feel inside I am good enough.”
Buzek has never lacked confidence, and that might be one reason the Stars took a chance on him in the 1995 entry draft. The 6-foot, 205-pounder was ranked among the top 10 prospects in the draft before the car accident. But everybody passed on him until the Stars decided to risk the 63rd overall pick on a player who accepted his first Stars jersey while sitting in a wheelchair.
“Guys like that who make it to that level, they have a certain mind-set,” Hitchcock said. “And while Buzek’s body was beat up, his mind has always told him that he’s one of the best.”
Buzek came to the Stars last season using crutches and speaking no English. Now, his English is impressive and he’s not only driving to the net, he’s negotiating traffic on LBJ Freeway in Dallas.
“It might sound crazy, but I think it was harder for him to go driving again than it was to play hockey,” said Stars center Bob Bassen, who went through rehabilitation with Buzek last year and helped him get his driver’s license. “He’s always known he can play hockey.”
Bassen attributes Buzek’s quick recovery and his even quicker adaptation to the United States to an optimistic outlook.
“He’s just always smiling; he doesn’t let things get him down,” Bassen said.
Buzek laughs when he talks about his English skills, saying he learned a good deal from movies and television.
“Sometimes now when I understand better, I know how much I missed,” he said of the television shows he blindly trudged through. “It’s good teacher.”
Heika, Mike. “Defenseman’s recovery from accident amazes Stars.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram 11 Sep. 1996, SPORTS: 2
Buzek called up: In need of a spare defenseman, the Stars called up 19-year-old Petr Buzek from the Michigan K-Wings, Dallas’ top minor-league affiliate. Buzek’s call-up is his first to the NHL, and, though he didn’t play, he said he is excited to be traveling with the Stars.Although Buzek didn't play in that brief callup, and he again didn’t make the Stars out of training camp in 1997, he continued to develop his offensive game in the IHL while waiting for a chance.
“It is good; it is great for me,” said the native of the Czech Republic. “This is what I have always wanted. It is best players in the world.”
Buzek sustained a broken femur, broken wrist and shattered kneecap in a car accident two years ago and missed all of last season. “The knee still gets sore sometimes,” he said.
“The recovery is amazing in itself, but when you think that he’s performing on a steady level in the IHL International Hockey League at the age of 19, that’s pretty impressive, too,” Hitchcock said. “He’s really done a great job of working hard.”
Heika, Mike. “STARS NOTES.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram 28 Feb. 1997, SPORTS: 5
These can’t be the X-rays of a hockey player. So much metal, it has to be from some kind of mechanism. A small plane’s landing gear maybe. Or the insides of a riding mower. Surely not a professional athlete.
One by one, Thrashers team doctor Scott Gillogly holds the films up to the light and reveals a human hardware store. A long plate extending down the left thigh, with 10 screws fastened deep into bone. A couple more screws at odd angles holding together the right knee. Two others connecting the wrist bone to the arm bone. We do not even get to the fused big toe or the erector-set ankle.
They show Petr Buzek’s insides. Amazing snapshots, really, when you consider that he very well might have to lug all that metal through airport detectors from Calgary to Miami as a Thrashers defenseman. He has a fighting chance at making it back all the way to the NHL.
”I’m a bionic man,” Buzek — pronounced BOO-zehk — says with a small smile.
Such are the tokens of a careless moment on a winding road back in his native Czech Republic. A month before Buzek was to be taken high in the 1995 draft, he was driving too fast in the countryside near his hometown of Jihlava. ”I was 18 years old,” he said, ”I thought I owned the whole road.
”I think I fell asleep, didn’t make the turn, and I hit the tree. I go pretty fast — 75-80 mph. We don’t care about the speed limit much. They said I had been sitting in the car like two hours, they had to cut me out. I don’t remember much. I woke up three days later in a hospital. I didn’t know what was going on. I couldn’t move. My left leg was sticking up. I was swollen up, stitches everywhere.”
Hummer, Steve. “Buzek full of metal — and courage.” The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution 10 Sep. 1999, Sports: D4.
Petr Buzek has made significant progress since suffering a concussion Saturday against Montreal:Buzek would, in fact, miss another two weeks, but would add two assists in his return to the lineup. This gave him 4 goals and 11 points in just 14 games on a brutally bad first-year expansion team. He would then miss another game with a partial shoulder dislocation before returning right back onto the first pairing.
He now realizes he is 22 years old, not 21 as he answered that night.
He now realizes he played the night before in New Jersey and didn’t have the day off.
And he now realizes he was in Montreal.
But the fact that those nuggets had been knocked out of his cranium momentarily means the rookie defenseman will be out for a while.
Buzek is scheduled to be re-examined today. But doctors have told him he needs to sit out at least a week from the time he suffered the grade two concussion. He probably will miss not only tonight’s game against Tampa Bay at Philips Arena but home-and-home meetings with Buffalo on Friday and Saturday.
Schultz, Jeff. “THRASHERS NOTEBOOK: Buzek’s head clearing slowly.” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 17 Nov. 1999, Sports: D5
Last week, Petr Buzek was benched for two games. Wednesday, the rookie defenseman for the Atlanta Thrashers was named to the World team for the NHL All-Star Game.There are two crucial sentences above, one being the very first one and the other one bolded toward the end.
“It’s unbelievable,” said the 22-year-old from the Czech Republic. “I’m still shaking. . . . It’s like a dream.”
When he takes the ice in Toronto on Feb. 6 as the Thrashers’ first All-Star, Buzek may well be the least-known player in the 50th anniversary game.
“It’s like (Jaromir) Jagr, (Paul) Kariya . . . those guys,” Buzek marveled. “And Petr Buzek. ‘Who’s Petr Buzek?’ ”
Buzek, who has four goals and nine assists, was one of the Thrashers’ top players through much of the first part of the season. But his play slipped, causing coach Curt Fraser to bench him for back-to-back games last week.
The NHL does not require that each team have a representative in the game. However, an attempt is made to do so.
“It’s the NHL’s intention to bring some young players into the game,” Thrashers general manager Don Waddell said. “Buzek hasn’t been real good the last two weeks. But for the first 30 or 35 games, he was pretty darn good. With (an established team) he’d be even a better player.”
Curtright, Guy. “Buzek named to World All-Star team.” The Atlanta Journal -Constitution 13 Jan. 2000, Sports: E6
Many thought it was possible that a rookie was going to be the expansion Atlanta Thrashers’ most indispensable player this season.Between the roster announcement and the actual All-Star Game, Buzek suffered a groin strain that cost him another four games out of the lineup. But he came back, as he always had. Going into the break, Kevin Allen of the USA Today named him as one of three people to watch closely in hockey, referring to him as “often the Thrashers’ best player”.
But the hockey world would have guessed it would be center Patrik Stefan, not defenseman Petr Buzek.
As much as the Thrashers know that Stefan, 19, is the key to their future, Buzek, 22, arguably has become their most crucial player. His surprisingly strong performance was honored Wednesday when he was named to play for the World team at the All-Star Game on Feb. 6 in Toronto.
”To get 23 or 24 minutes per night on an expansion team and be at minus 4 or minus 5 on a team that most guys are in double digits, you know he has been a bright spot for us,” Thrashers general manager Don Waddell said.
With four goals and nine assists, Buzek is among the top rookie defensemen in scoring. Buzek was plucked from the Dallas Stars in the expansion draft.
”We picked up some other good players, but at this point of the season he is no doubt the gem” of the expansion draft class, Waddell said.
Allen, Kevin. “Rookie Buzek surprise star for Thrashers.” USA TODAY 13 Jan. 2000, SPORTS: 14C
TORONTO – The feel-good story of NHL All-Star weekend is Atlanta Thrashers defenseman Petr Buzek.And from Mike Heika back in Dallas:
In 1995, projected as a top 10 pick in the NHL Entry Draft, Buzek was horribly injured in a car crash in his native Czech Republic. Driving alone, he lost control and went off a narrow road. His injuries included a shattered left knee, broken left hip, broken right ankle, broken right wrist and broken cheekbones.
He was barely alive, and doctors at first believed his left leg would have to be amputated.
“After the accident, I was basically fighting for my life,” said Buzek. “I couldn’t move. But I kept going, got a little better every week and now I’m here.”
Buzek managed to attend the 1995 draft sitting in a wheelchair. He was picked in the third round by Dallas, made it up for four NHL games last season and was picked by Atlanta in the expansion draft. He has 5-9-14 totals in 39 games, despite still feeling the effects of his injuries.
“When the weather changes, my knee swells up, I feel it big-time,” said Buzek. “I still have 21 screws in my leg. I don’t think they’ll ever come out. If they did, I’d probably fall apart.”
Buzek’s story amazes the other All-Star participants.
“When his accident first happens, I hear he’s not going to be able to play hockey again and he’ll be lucky to be able to lead a normal life,” said fellow Czech Martin Rucinsky of Montreal. “All of a sudden he’s playing in the All-Star Game. It’s unbelievable what he accomplished to be here.”
Harris, Stephen. “Hockey – NOTEBOOK – Buzek overcomes bad breaks.” Boston Herald (MA) 6 Feb. 2000, Sports: b19
Buzek’s talent, however, had little to do with the constant flow of reporters to his area. The subject was the car crash in the Czech Republic on June 3, 1995, a month before the NHL draft, that nearly took his life; that nearly resulted in him having his right leg amputated, and that nearly ended his dream of playing in the NHL.
“Nearly” went 0-for-3.
He retold the tale so many times Saturday that it was suggested he have his X-rays hanging by his jersey.
“No, I don’t think that would be a good idea,” he said. “It wouldn’t be pretty.”
This is what they would show: 21 screws and two metal plates holding Buzek together. The box score: 10 screws and a plate in his left leg, seven screws and a plate in his right ankle, two screws in his right knee cap, two screws in his right wrist. That doesn’t take into account the facial fractures, the concussion, the broken left leg, the fused big toe, the busted nose, the cuts and the bruises that also came with smashing into “the big tree.” That’s how the accident story always ends. “I hit the big tree.”
It was late at night after a party. Buzek was driving home in Jihlava, a small town about 45 miles outside of Prague. A friend was with him. Buzek was speeding at about 80 mph on a windy road. Then came the CD change or the unscheduled nap. Can’t be sure. Concussion, you know.
The friend suffered a broken nose. Buzek was a mess. The car was a mess. He was unconscious in there for more than two hours while a crew worked to cut him out. Buzek woke up in the hospital — three days later. Seemingly every part of his body was in a cast, stitched, bruised or all of the above.
Schultz, Jeff. “Drive, determination fuel Buzek’s success.” The Atlanta Journal -Constitution 6 Feb. 2000, Sports: G9.
The former Stars prospect has come a long way in the past five years, fighting back from a 1995 car accident that left both his legs and one wrist broken. Buzek, 22, still carries with him screws in his ankle and wrist and a plate in one shin. He still feels pain when the humidity changes, when the weather turns cold, when he sleeps on his ankle wrong. Basically, all the time.The problem is that the story wasn’t just getting started. Although no one could have predicted it at the time, Buzek’s NHL story was closer to ending than beginning.
“He’s endured a lot,” said Stars coach Ken Hitchcock, who coached Buzek as an 18-year-old with the Michigan K-Wings. “I remember one time during a game he had metal sticking out of his skin. The guy played through quite a bit.”
Heika, Mike. “Breaks finally going right way for former Stars pick.” The Dallas Morning News 6 Feb. 2000, SPORTS DAY: 10B.
Buzek will play in tonight’s home finale against the Ottawa Senators at Philips Arena. When he steps on the ice, it will be his fourth game of the season, his first since Oct. 15.He would play the final two games of the 2000-01 season. Just one year after his All-Star appearance, the young defenseman played just five games. One was cut short by the injury, one was while playing with a concussion, and the last two were after a six-month layoff. In the one game that he was healthy, he played 21 minutes and put eight shots on goal.
“It’s great news for me,” said the Czech defenseman, who made the All-Star team in his rookie season but has spent most of this year trying to avoid dizziness after exercise. “I’ve been working hard, and it’s starting to pay off for me. I feel like I can be a hockey player again.”
When he was hit from behind by Washington’s Steve Konowalchuk in the second game of the season, it was believed Buzek suffered only a sprained neck. Before the next game against Tampa Bay four days later, Fraser asked Buzek how he felt, and he responded, “I’m 100 percent.”
Turns out that wasn’t the complete truth. Buzek played awfully, and only then did he admit he was suffering from headaches, dizziness and nausea, symptoms typically associated with post-concussion syndrome. Buzek never was diagnosed with a concussion. But the fact he had two previously — last season against Montreal and in 1995 as the result of an car accident — may have played a role in his protracted recovery this season. Often this season, Buzek would ride an exercise bike or skate briefly but be forced to stop because of recurring symptoms when his heart rate increased. But he began improving significantly after visiting a Montreal concussion specialist, Dr. Karen Johnston, who laid out a program that slowly increased Buzek’s workouts.
Schultz, Jeff. “Buzek cleared for home finale.” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 3 Apr. 2001, Home; The Atlanta Constitution, Sports: D8
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