Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Boston Bruins 2006-07 Petr Tenkrát Jersey

Today's story is one of globe-trekking international travel and collecting as many stamps in one's passport as humanly possible, for on this date in 1977, Petr Tenkrát was born in Kladno, Czechoslovakia.

His career began innocently enough, giving no clue as to what was to follow, as Tenkrát began playing for his hometown HC Kladno in 1994-95 with a single game. The right winger increased his games played to 20 in 1995-96 and 43 in 1996-97, which included his first goals as a professional. By the time Tenkrát began his professional career, Czechoslovakia had split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia, with Tenkrát making his international debut with the Czech Republic in the 1997 World Junior Championship, collecting his first passport stamp as the tournament was held in Switzerland.

He would play two additional seasons with Kladno, with his final one in 1998-99 seeing his offensive production leap up from 9 goals and 19 points to 21 goals and 35 points in 50 games. His potential was recognized by being selected by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

While he remained in Europe for the 1999-00 season, the first steps of his trek began in earnest as he moved from the Czech Extraliga to the Finnish SM-Liiga, joining HPK Hämeenlinna, scoring 20 goals and 29 points in 32 games. He remained in Finland for the 1999-00 season, only this time with Ilves Tampere.

He crossed the Atlantic for the first time in 2000-01, splitting time between the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks of the AL and the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the NHL. He had an unsettled 2001-02 season, playing for both Anaheim and Cincinnati before being traded to the Nashville Predators, with whom he would play 58 games, as well as an additional 4 with their top AHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals.

Tenkrat Ducks, Tenkrat Ducks

It was back across the Atlantic for the 2002-03 season, joining Kärpät Oulu in Finland, where he fit right in, setting a career high with 40 points in 51 games. Kärpät would make it to the SM-Liiga finals, coming away with a silver medal.

Tenkrat Karpat, Tenkrat Karpat

His passport gained another stamp, as Tenkrát would begin the season with Khimik Voskresensk of the Russian Super League, where he would play 19 games before returning to Kärpät for the remainder of the 2003-04 season, impressively setting a career high with 22 goals in just 35 games. Kärpät would go on to win the league championship later that season and go back-to-back with a second title in 2005.

Tenkrat Karpat, Tenkrat Karpat

He would play one additional season in Oulu, averaging 37 points over his four seasons with Kärpät. Following the Finnish playoffs, he would return to the Czech Republic National Team for the 2006 World Championships in Latvia, where he earned a silver medal.

He next returned to the United States to join the Boston Bruins, who had acquired his NHL rights while he was in Finland. Typical of his NHL career, Tenkrát spent some time in the AHL, 7 games with the Providence Bruins, but the vast majority of 54 games was with Boston. It was back across the Atlantic once again to play in the 2007 World Championships in Moscow.

For the start of the 2007-08 season it was back to Kladno for 13 games before signing with Timrå IK in Sweden. 2008-09 was a repeat, playing for both Kladno and Timrå.

Tenkrat Timra, Tenkrat Timra

The pattern continued in 2009-10 with Kladno again, but his Swedish destination was Skellefteå AIK.

Tenkrat AIK, Tenkrat AIK

For the fourth season in a row, he played in two different countries, this time with Skellefteå in Sweden (9 games) and Kärpät in Finland for 45 games. For 2011-12, his nomadic career returned back to the Czech Republic in fine style, as he set career highs with 23 goals and 48 points with HC Sparta Prague in his 18th season of play.

Tenkrat Sparta, Tenkrat Sparta

He capped off his season with a bronze medal at the 2012 World Championships, held on familiar ground in both Sweden and Finland.

Tenkrat Czech, Tenkrat Czech

For the 2012-13 season, Tenkrat remained with Sparta Praha, scoring 18 goals and 31 points and once more competed in the World Championships for the Czech Republic in Finland and Sweden, as they co-hosted the tournament for the second year in a row, only with the finals changed from Stockholm to now Helsinki.

Tenkrat redjoined HC Kladno for the first time in four seasons for the 2013-14 season, only to see the club relegated to the second division for 2014-15. He remained with the club for the 2014-15 season and served as the team captain.

He played four games for HC Kometa Brno in 2015-16 and was loaned to HC Slovan Ustecti Lvi in the Czech second division for the majority of the year, seeing action in 35 games which included scoring 26 points.

Despite turning 40 today, Tenkrat is not done playing just yet, and is scheduled to return to HC Kladno for the 2016-17 season. We calculate to date he as made 22 border crossings among 7 countries while generating a litany of game worn jerseys in his wake.
Today's featured jersey is a Boston Bruins 2006-07 Petr Tenkrát jersey as worn during his second stint in the NHL after having played previously with Anaheim and Nashville in 2000-01 and 2001-02 before returning to Europe for four seasons before joining the Bruins for the 2006-07 season.

The Bruins introduced this modernized jersey for the 1995-96 season, replacing a style that dated all the way back to 1974-75. This style was worn 11 seasons through the 2006-07 season when Tenkrat was with Boston before being replaced  2007-08 by a Reebok Edge version of their 2006-07 throwback alternate jersey that was based on the style they wore for their 1970 and 1972 Stanley Cup championships.

 Boston Bruins 2006-07 jersey photo Boston Bruins 2006-07 F jersey.jpg
Boston Bruins 2006-07 jersey photo Boston Bruins 2006-07 B jersey.jpg

Bonus jersey: Today's bonus jersey is a Providence Bruins 2006-07 Petr Tenkrát jersey as worn during a seven game stint in the AHL with the Bruin's top minor league affiliate during his second stint in the NHL when he returned from Europe to join the Bruins for the 2006-07 season.

Providence traditionally has identical or similar jerseys to their parent club in Boston, but with a spoked P logo, rather than the Bruins spoked B. Other than the change in logo, note the sponsorship patch worn on the upper right chest, a common sight in the AHL.

Providence Bruins 2006-07 jersey photo Providence Bruins 2006-07 F jersey.jpg
Providence Bruins 2006-07 jersey photo Providence Bruins 2006-07 B jersey.jpg

Extra bonus jersey: Today's extra bonus jersey is a 2003-04 Kärpät Oulu Petr Tenkrát jersey as worn during Tenkrát's return to Kärpät, which translates to a stoat or an ermine, following his tenure with Khimik in Russia.

This jersey is typical of a Scandinavian jersey with it's many sponsorship logos, 14 in all not counting the Tackla branding, with the addition of the unique to Scandinavia collar on the jersey, which conveniently affords more surface are for yet more ads!

Karpat Oulu 03-04 jersey, Karpat Oulu 03-04 jersey
Karpat Oulu 03-04 jersey, Karpat Oulu 03-04 jersey

Extra, extra bonus jersey: Today's extra, extra bonus jersey is a  is a 2005 Czech Republic National Team Petr Tenkrát jersey as worn in the annual Karjala Cup Tournament held in Finland. The tournament is part of a larger competition known as the Euro Hockey Tour, a series of small tournaments held in each of the participating nations, the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia and Sweden, and is an opportunity to prepare for the World Championship and Olympics, while often giving younger players a chance at gaining experience at the international level. The game results of the four tournaments are complied into a standings in order to declare a winner of the tour.

While the various national teams compete in the Olympics with jerseys which are sponsor-free, and the World Championships, with their distinctive single ads on the top of the arms, the national team jerseys in the Euro Hockey Tour are covered with many sponsorship logos seldom seen by North Americans.

Czech Republic 2005 jersey, Czech Republic 2005 jersey
Czech Republic 2005 jersey, Czech Republic 2005 jersey

Today's video segment is Tenkrát scoring on a beautiful one-timer for Kärpät followed by an impressive goal celebration.

This next video is Tenkrát scoring against Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres while a member of the Bruins.

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