Jaroslav Modry
Jaroslav Modry
Defenseman
(MOHD-ree)
Number: 44
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 220
Shoots: Left
Born: Feb 27, 1971
Birthplace: Ceské Budejovice, Czech Republic
Acquired: From Dallas with a first-round draft choice in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, a second-round choice in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, a third-round draft choice in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and the rights to defenseman Johan Fransson in exchange for defenseman Mattias Norstrom, right wing Konstantin Pushkarev, a third-round draft choice in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and a fourth-round draft choice in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. DRAFTED: NJ - 9th round, 179th overall, 1990 NHL Entry Draft.
Drafted: NJD / 1990 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 9th (179th overall)

2006-07:  Skated in the Kings’ last 19 regular season games after he was acquired at the trade deadline…Averaged 22:57 of ice time per game with the Kings…Appeared in his 600th career NHL game at San Jose on December 21, 2006…Tied a career high with three assists versus Phoenix on April 7, 2007…Closed the season ranked 10th all-time in scoring (158 points) and ninth all-time in assists (124) by a Kings defenseman.

2005-06:  Led all Atlanta defensemen in assists (31) and points (38) and tied for first in goals (7)…Set a career high for time-on-ice (33:56) at Florida on October 5, 2005…Appeared in his 500th career NHL game at Pittsburgh on October 27, 2005…Tied a career high with two goals at Tampa Bay on November 1, 2005…Recorded his 200th career NHL point (an assist) vs. Chicago on December 11, 2005…Set a career high for most points in one game with four points (1-3=4) at Montreal on December 26, 2005.   

2004-05:  Recorded 10 points (3-7=10) in 19 regular season games with Liberec of the Czech Republic Extraleague.

2003-04:  Led the Kings in average time-on-ice (24:23) and plus/minus (plus-11)…Led all Kings defensemen in assists (27), points (32) and shots (196)…Appeared in his 300th career game as a King vs. Boston on October 18, 2003.

2002-03:  Scored a career high 13 goals while appearing in a career high 82 games…Finished second among Kings defensemen and third overall on the club with 38 points (13-25=38)…Led all Kings in time-on-ice average per game (22:38)…Ranked second on the team with 205 shots and third on the team with eight power play goals…His 205 shots established a new career high and also ranked fourth among all defensemen in the NHL…One of only two Kings to skate in every game…Had his the first two-goal game of his career and scored his first-ever overtime goal versus Nashville on November 2, 2002…Played in his 400th career NHL game at Washington on March 14, 2003…Registered his 100th NHL assist vs. Chicago on November 30, 2002.

2001-02:  Established career highs for assists (38) and points (42) in one season…Led all Kings defensemen in scoring…Recorded his 100th career NHL point with an assist vs. Buffalo on January 17, 2002…Skated for the World Team at the 2002 NHL All-Star Game (his first) hosted by Los Angeles…Recorded a career high two points (0-2=2) in seven postseason games with the Kings. 

2000-01:  Played in his 200th career NHL game vs. Colorado on November 18, 2000…Finished with a plus-5 rating and two assists in the Kings 8-0 win over Dallas on January 30, 2001…Named the Kings’ Unsung Hero in a vote by his teammates at the end of the season…Appeared in a career high 10 postseason games with the Kings and scored his first career power play goal and first career overtime postseason goal vs. Colorado in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals on April 26, 2001.    

1999-00:  Scored five goals with the Kings on just 32 shots for a shooting percentage of 15.6 percent…All five of his goals were scored on the power play. 

1998-99:  Recalled by the Kings from their affiliate in Long Beach (International Hockey League) for the final five games of the regular season…Led the Ice Dogs with a rating of plus-16. 

1997-98:  Loaned by the Kings to the Utah Grizzlies (IHL) where he recorded 12 goals and 33 points (12-21=33) in 74 games. 

1996-97:  Played for the Kings, the Phoenix Roadrunners (IHL) and the Utah Grizzlies (IHL). 

1995-96:  Played in his 100th career NHL game at Calgary on February 6, 1996…Acquired by the Kings from Ottawa at the trade deadline and made his Kings debut vs. Dallas on March 23, 1996…Skated in the Kings’ final nine regular season games. 

1994-95:  Member of the Calder Cup Champion Albany River Rats (coached by former Kings head coach Robbie Ftorek)…Led all Albany defensemen in playoff scoring (3-3=6).

1993-94:  Made his NHL debut vs. Tampa Bay on October 6, 1993…Scored his first NHL point (an assist) at Washington on October 8, 1993…Recorded his first career NHL goal at Pittsburgh on December 2, 1993…Finished with 17 points (2-15=17) and a plus-10 rating in 41 games with the Devils during his rookie season. 

TRANSACTIONS:  Selected by New Jersey in the ninth-round (179th overall) in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft…Traded by New Jersey to Ottawa for a fourth-round selection in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft (Alyn McCauley) on July 8, 1995…Traded to Los Angeles by Ottawa with an eighth-round selection in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft (Stephen Valiquette) for Kevin Brown on March 20, 1996…Signed as an unrestricted free agent by Atlanta on July 1, 2004…Traded to Dallas by Atlanta with Patrik Stefan for Niko Kapanen and Dallas’ seventh-round selection in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft on June 24, 2006. 

INTERNATIONAL PLAY:  Last represented his native Czech Republic at the 2003 World Championships (9 GP, 0-3=3). 

PERSONAL: Lives in Hluboka, Czech Republic, with his wife Jodi and children Jacob, Alexa and Luc during the summer…nickname is Mo…favorite movie is the Godfather…favorite actress is Kate Hudson…favorite actor is Owen Wilson…favorite band is Dire Straits…favorite NHL city other than LA is New York…favorite sports to play other than hockey are tennis and golf…favorite sport to watch other than hockey is soccer….favorite hockey moment is being a part of the Kings playoff run…favorite professional athlete is Roger Federer…favorite road arena is the Bell Centre in Montreal…favorite vacation spot is Hluboka in the Czech Republic…favorite TV show is Sportscenter…favorite restaurant is Wahoo’s…favorite food is sushi…favorite holiday is Christmas…favorite magazine is Men’s Health…typical pre-game meal is chicken and pasta…favorite cereal is granola…first job was working on a farm…supports the Garth Brooks Foundation…wants to stay involved with hockey when his playing career is over.