Filip Kuba
Filip Kuba
Defenseman
NUMBER: 71
HEIGHT: 6' 4"
WEIGHT: 225
SHOOTS: Left
BIRTHDATE: 12/29/1976
BIRTHPLACE: Ostrava, CZE
DRAFTED: FLA: 1995-192 overall
2007-08: Scored his sixth goal of the season and blocked two shots 4/3 at WSH ... Recorded his second consecutive multi-point game with two assists 3/22 at FLA ... Scored his fourth goal of the season, recorded his second multi-point game of the season and tied his season high with five shots on goal 3/20 at PIT ... Returned to the lineup after missing six games due to injury and logged 25:31 of ice time 3/9 at CBJ ... Played in his 500th career game 1/12 at FLA ... Had three blocked shots, two hits and four blocked shots while playing 27:59 12/22 vs. CAR ... Played a season-high 31:01 with two hits 12/11 at MTL ... Scored a goal for the second consecutive game 11/10 at WSH ... Scored his first goal of the season, the 50th of his career, 11/8 at CAR ... Recorded his second assist of the season 11/7 vs. FLA ... Recorded an assist and was a plus-2 in the season opener 10/4 vs. NJD.

2007-08 Single-Game Season Highs:
G: 1 (6 times, last - 4/3 at WSH)br>A: 2 (10/6 vs. ATL, 3/22 at FLA)br>P: 2 (10/6 v.s ATL, 3/20 at PIT, 3/22 at FLA)br>TOI: 31:01 (12/11 at MTL)br>+/-: +4 (11/14 vs. CAR)br>SOG: 5 (10/18 at BOS, 3/20 at PIT)br>
2007-08 Lightning Record When:
He Scores a Goal: 4-2-0
He Records an Assist: 11-9-2
He has a Multi-Goal Game: 0-0-0
He has a Multi-Point Game: 1-2-0

Career vs. ATL: 19 GP, 3-10-13, 6 PIM
2007-08 vs. ATL: 7 GP, 0-3-3, 4 PIM

Shootout Statistics:
Career: 0-2 (.000)br>2007-08: None
2006-2007 SEASON
Set career highs with 15 goals, 22 assists and 37 points … His 5 PPG were also a career best … had a career-high 3-game goal streak (3-0-3) snapped 1/4 at MIN … Tied a career high with 3 points (1-2-3) 12/19 at WSH … Played in his 400th career game 11/28 vs. WSH … Recorded an assist, his 150th career point, 11/17 vs. NYI … Scored his 3rd career multi-goal game, including his 1st with the Lightning, with 2 goals 11/6 at NYI … Registered his 1st multi-point and multi-assist game with the Lightning (0-2-2) 10/26 vs. CAR … Recorded his 1st point with Tampa Bay, an assist, in his 1st home game 10/7 vs. BOS.

2007 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
Played in all 6 games during the ECQF vs. NJ … Scored 1 goal, a shorthanded tally, and recorded 5 points in those games … It was the 6th time in franchise history a player has scored a shorthanded goal in a playoff game and was the first time by a defenseman … Tied the franchise records with 2 points and assists in a period (0-2-2, 2nd period) in Game 6 vs. NJ.

CAREER NOTES
2005-06: Skated in 65 games with Minnesota and recorded 6 goals and 19 assists for 25 points ... Logged an average of 21:46 in ice time (TOI) to lead team ... Ranked 2nd among team defensemen in scoring ... Tallied 1 power play goal, 1 shorthanded goal and 1 game-winning goal ... Logged team-high 26:51 TOI in season-opening win 10/5 vs. CGY ... Notched point in 3 consecutive games (10/14-10/19) including goals in back-to-back contests (10/16-10/19) ... Recorded 1st multi-point game of season with 2 assists in 3-1 win 10/29 vs. CBJ ... Named team captain for month of November ... Collected an assist in 3 consecutive games (12/17-12/22) ... 2004-05: Did not play.  2003-04: Became 1st Wild defenseman to appear in NHL All-Star Game (2004) … Saw action in Minnesota’s first 77 games before being sidelined for the final 5 contests with a broken right index finger (3/28-4/4) ... Registered 5 goals and 19 assists to rank 1st among team defensemen in scoring and assists ... Logged an average of 24:05 TOI to lead the team ... Tied for the team lead in power play assists with 11 ... Posted 4 multi-point games during the season ... Recorded 100th career NHL point with an assist 11/28 vs. SJ ... Appeared in 300th NHL game 3/4 at LA.  2002-03: Played his 5th NHL season and 3rd with MIN ... Skated in a career-high 78 games and tallied 29 points (8-21-29) and 29 PIM ... Tied his career-high for assists with 21 ... Led Wild defensemen in goals, assists, points and power play goals (4) ... Registered 3 multi-point games ... Tied a career-high 2 assists 10/11 vs. BOS ... Notched an assist in consecutive games 10/26 at PHX 10/26 and 10/27 at COL  ... Registered points in back-to-back games with a power play goal 12/7 at VAN and an assist 12/10 vs. TBL ... Registered a point in back-to-back games with an assist 12/26 at CHI and a goal 12/28 at BUF ... Set franchise mark for TOI with 33:02 12/26 at CHI ... Posted a point in 3 consecutive games with a goal and 2 assists (2/19-2/25) ... Registered his 2nd multi-point game (1-1-2) of the year and tied a season-high with a +3 rating 3/9 at ATL ... Collected his 3rd multi-point game 4/6 vs. CBJ.  2003 Playoffs: In 1st trip to Stanley Cup Playoffs, posted 8 points (3-5-8) in 18 postseason contests and led all Wild defensemen in scoring ... Led the club in TOI at 26:45 ... Ranked 2nd on the team in PIM (24) and 3rd in power play goals (3) ... Scored the 1st goal in Wild playoff history with a power play marker 4/10 at COL ... Picked up his 2nd goal of the playoffs on the power play in Game 5 of WCQF 4/19 at COL ... Registered 2 assists, including a helper on the game-winner, for his 1st multi-point playoff game 4/22 at COL ... Posted 1 goal and 4 assists during 4-game point streak (4/22-4/29).  2001-02: Skated in his 4th NHL season and 2nd with Minnesota ... Played in 62 games tallying 24 points (5-19-24) and 32 PIM ... Led club in TOI (25:30) for 2nd year in a row and ranked 3rd in blocked shots (94) ... Ranked 15th among NHL defensemen in average ice time ... Led Wild defensemen in goals, was 2nd in assists (19) and tied for 1st in points ... Registered 3 multi-point games ... Established career-high 3 points (1-2-3) and tied career-high with 2 assists 10/12 vs. CHI ... Skated in 100th career NHL game 10/19 vs. STL ... Tied career-high with 2 assists 10/30 at NSH ... Named team captain for month of November ... Notched 2nd career 2-goal game (both power play goals) including game-winner 1/18 at CBJ ... Recorded 4 points (2-2-4) during season-high 3-game point-scoring streak (1/18-1/23).  2000-01: Saw action in 75 games during rookie season with MIN ... Scored 9 goals and added 21 assists to go along with 28 PIM ... Led club in game-winning goals (4) and TOI (24:14) ... Ranked 2nd in blocked shots (136), 3rd in assists (21) and shots (141) and tied for 3rd in points (9-21-30) ... Topped all Minnesota players with 10 power play assists and 14 power play points ... Finished 1st among NHL rookies in average ice time and 4th in takeaways (48) ... Was 2nd on club among defensemen in goals, assists and points ... Registered 3 multi-point games ... Recorded 1st-ever 2-goal game, including game-winner in overtime 1/5 vs. DET ... Posted 4 points (2-2-4) in career-best 4-game scoring streak (3/4-3/9) ... Became 1st Wild defenseman to register a 2-point game with pair of assists 10/18 vs. TBL ... Tallied 1 goal and 1 assist in the tourney.  1999-00: Skated in 13 games with Florida and notched 6 points (1-5-6) ... Potted 1st NHL goal 10/27 vs. NYI  ... Played 27 games with the International Hockey League’s (IHL) Houston Aeros ... Collected 3 goals and 6 assists to go along with 13 PIM ... Saw action in 11 IHL playoff contests and picked up a goal and 2 assists.  1998-99: Made NHL debut as a member of Florida 4/9 at BUF ... Appeared in 5 NHL contests, collected 1 assist and finished season with a +2 rating ... Recorded 1st-ever NHL point (assist) 4/14 vs. MTL ... Spent majority of season with Kentucky (AHL) ... Registered 10 points (2-8-10) and piled up 33 PIM in 45 games ... Notched 1 assist in 10 postseason contests.  1997-98: Posted 13 assists, 17 points (4-13-17) and 58 PIM with New Haven (AHL) ... Scored a goal and added an assist in 3 postseason games.  1996-97: Skated in 51 games during 1st AHL season with Carolina ... Tallied 12 assists and logged 38 PIM.

INTERNATIONAL CAREER
Tallied 1 goal in 8 games with bronze medalist Czech Republic at 2006 Winter Olympics … Captured a Gold Medal as a member of the Czech Republic team at the 2001 World Championships in Germany.

PERSONAL
Kuba is married and he, his wife, Iveta, and their 2 sons, Edward and Filip Jr., make their off-season home in Ostrava, Czech Republic Enjoys soccer and auto racing...His nickname is "Kubs"... Began playing hockey at age 6...Also played soccer as a child growing up...His first job as a kid was selling newspapers.

TRANSACTIONS
Signed by Tampa Bay as a free agent on July 2, 2006 Selected by Minnesota from Calgary in 2000 NHL Expansion Draft; Traded to Calgary by Florida for Rocky Thompson, March 16, 2000; Originally selected by Florida in the eighth round (192nd overall) of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft.

FIRSTS
Game:     NHL – 4/9/99 @ BUF (FLA)
    Lightning – 10/5/06 at ATL
Goal:     NHL – 10/27/99 vs. NYI (FLA)
    Lightning – 11/6/06 at NYI (Dunham)
Assist: NHL – 4/14/99 vs. MTL (FLA)
    Lightning – 10/7/06 vs. BOS

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Goals
Game:        2 (3 times, last – 11/6/06 at NYI)
Season:         15 (2006-07)
Multi-Goal Games:        3
    In 2006-07:     1
Hat Tricks:         0
Streak:         3 (12/28-2/2/07, 3g)
    In 2006-07:     3 (12/28-2/2/07, 3g)

Assists
Game:         2 (14 times, last – 12/19/06 @ WSH)
Season:         22 (2006-07)
Streak:         3 (4 times, last – 11/22-11/26/06, 3a)
    In 2006-07:     3 (11/22-11/26/06, 3a)
   
Points
Game:        3 (2 times, last – 12/19/06 at WSH, 1g-2a)
Season:         37 (2006-07)
Multi-Point Games:    23
    In 2006-07:     6 (Last – 12/19/06 at WSH, 1g-2a)
Streak:         4 (2 times, last – 11/4-11/11/06, 2g-3a)
    In 2006-07:     4 (11/4-11/11/06, 2g-3a)

Games Played Streak:         111 (1/23/03-3/25/04)
Most PIM in a Game:         6 (2/17/07 at FLA)
Most Shots in a Game:     6 (11/9/02 @ SJS)