From Kazakhstan Encyclopedia
Kristián Kudroč (born May 21, 1981) is a Slovak professional ice hockey defenceman, who is currently an unrestricted free agent who last played for the Nottingham Panthers of the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL).
Kudroč was drafted by the New York Islanders as their first-round pick, 28th overall, in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. He is a large, physical defenceman with an impressive slapshot. He played in North America from 1999 to 2005, and represented SaiPa in the Finnish SM-liiga in the 2005–06 season, where SaiPafanit (the SaiPa fan club) elected Kudroč Player of the Year.
Kudroc suffered a pre-season injury in a Tournament game with Barys Astana prior to the 2014–15 season. Kudroc was ruled out for the duration of the season in order to rehabilitate. As a free agent, Kudroc moved on from Astana and signed a one-year contract with Metallurg Novokuznetsk on June 4, 2015. On August 17, 2015, Kudroc sought a release from his contract with Metallurg due to personal reasons. He returned to Czech Republic, signing a contract after a years hiatus with HC Plzeň of the Extraliga on December 14, 2015.
On July 14, 2016, Kudroc agreed to a one-year contract as a free agent to move to Austria, with EBEL club HC TWK Innsbruck. He featured in 8 games with Innsbruck before on November 6, 2016, he moved to the UK to sign for Nottingham Panthers of the EIHL.However, in December 2016, after playing in another 8 games, Kudroc again ceased his playing contract with Nottingham, departing for personal reasons relating to a serious illness within his family in his native Slovakia.
Regular season and playoffs
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|2003–04||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||47||1||4||5||120||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||Quebec Radio X||LNAH||11||0||2||2||65||—||—||—||—||—|
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|2016–17||HC TWK Innsbruck||EBEL||8||1||2||3||16||—||—||—||—||—|