Martin Skoula played two seasons in the Ontario Hockey League, 1997-98 and 1998-99, both with the Barrie Colts. The big blueliner from the Czech Republic provided the Colts with plenty of offence, contributing 44 points in 66 games in his first year and 59 points in 67 games in his second.
Skoula wasn’t offence only for the Colts. He led the Ontario Hockey League with a +58 plus/minus in his senior season. In his rookie season, he was selected to the CHL’s All-Rookie Team.
Martin was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the first round of the 1998 NHL draft, 17th overall. He played with the Avalanche for five seasons and won a Stanley Cup with the team in 2001.
Throughout his NHL career, Skoula has played for the Avalanche, Anaheim Ducks, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, Pittsburgh Penguins and New Jersey Devils for a combined total of 776 games. He has represented the Czech Republic on the world scene as a junior, in the 2002 Winter Olympics and at several other international tournaments.
Martin has just signed on with Avangard Omsk in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) after a season split between the Pittsburgh Penguins and New Jersey Devils where he only appeared in a combined total of 52 regular season games and four in the play-offs with the Devils.
Skoula will join fellow Ontario Hockey League alumnus Brendan Bell in Omsk for 2010-11. Brendan was featured in a recent post here at OHL Alumni Central. Avangard Omsk is better known as the team that former NHL legend Jaromir Jagr plays for.
To see the article on Avangard Omsk’s official website announcing the arrival of Martin Skoula, you can check it out here. The website is only in Russian.