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ARTURS KULDA  Latvia
a.k.a. "Artūrs Kulda"
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BIRTHYEAR 1988-07-25 BIRTHPLACELeipzig, GER
AGE 26 NATION Latvia
POSITION D SHOOTS L
HEIGHT 188 cm / 6'2" WEIGHT 97 kg / 214 lbs
YOUTH TEAM Prizma Riga CONTRACT 16/17
NHL DRAFT 2006 round 7 #200 overall by Atlanta Thrashers
SOCIAL  


Kulda is a stay-at-home defenseman who plays a physical game. He can hit hard, but also skates well. Owns a hard slapshot from the powerplay point. Could improve his positional play.

Brother: Edgars Kulda

CAREER STATISTICS Use/Embed statistics RSS feed
 SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A TP PIM +/-      POST GP G A TP PIM +/- 
 2003-04 Prizma Riga Latvia 11 0 008 |            
  Latvia U18 WJC-18 D1 5 0 116 0 |            
 2004-05 CSKA Moskva-2 Russia3 - - --- |            
  Latvia U18 WJC-18 D1 5 0 2218 3 |            
 2005-06 CSKA Moskva-2 Russia3 40 3 91224 |            
  Latvia U18 WJC-18 D1 5 1 2312 10 |            
  Latvia U20 WJC-20 6 0 116 0 |            
  Latvia (all) International 3 0 000 |            
 2006-07 Peterborough Petes OHL 58 2 91183 9 |            
  Latvia U20 WJC-20 D1 5 0 2227 3 |            
 2007-08 Peterborough Petes OHL 55 7 273487 -13 | Playoffs 5 1 346
  Chicago Wolves AHL 5 0 1110 3 | Playoffs 21 1 4532 12 
  Latvia U20 WJC-20 D1 5 1 4512 2 |            
 2008-09 Chicago Wolves AHL 57 1 141559 7 |            
 2009-10 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 4 0 222 2 |            
  Chicago Wolves AHL 66 6 192546 47 | Playoffs 14 1 458 -5 
  Latvia WC 3 0 002 0 |            
 2010-11 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 2 0 002 -2 |            
  Chicago Wolves AHL 69 5 121773 -1 |            
  Latvia WC 3 0 006 -1 |            
  Latvia (all) International 3 0 006 -1 |            
 2011-12 Winnipeg Jets NHL 9 0 004 3 |            
  St. John's IceCaps AHL 63 6 142062 18 | Playoffs 13 0 118 -3 
 2012-13 Sibir Novosibirsk KHL 50 9 61555 -3 | Playoffs 7 0 110
  Latvia OGQ 3 0 000 0 |            
  Latvia WC 7 1 128 -5 |            
  Latvia (all) International 12 2 1310 |            
 2013-14 Salavat Yulaev Ufa KHL 43 1 91042 4 | Playoffs 18 1 4518
  Latvia OG 5 0 112 -3 |            
  Latvia  WC 6 4 154 2 |            
  Latvia (all) International 16 5 6118 |            
 2014-15 Salavat Yulaev Ufa KHL 45 4 5928 -9 | Playoffs 5 0 002
 2015-16 Salavat Yulaev Ufa KHL - - --- |            
 
 TOURNAMENT STATISTICS
 2014-15 Salavat Yulaev Ufa Spengler Cup 5 0 008 1 |            



CAREER TOTALS
  GP G A TP PPG PIM  +/-    GP G A TP PPG PIM  +/- 
  Regular Season   Postseason
  AHL: 260 18 60 78 0.30 250  74  | 48 2 9 11 0.23 48 
  International: 34 7 7 14 0.41 24  -1  |    
  KHL: 138 14 20 34 0.25 125  -8  | 30 1 5 6 0.20 20 
  Latvia: 11 0 0 0 0.00 |    
  NHL: 15 0 2 2 0.13 |    
  OG: 5 0 1 1 0.20 -3  |    
  OGQ: 3 0 0 0 0.00 |    
  OHL: 113 9 36 45 0.40 170  -4  | 5 1 3 4 0.80
  Russia3: 40 3 9 12 0.30 24  |    
  Spengler Cup: 5 0 0 0 0.00 |    
  WC: 19 5 2 7 0.37 20  -4  |    
  WJC-18 D1: 15 1 5 6 0.40 36  13  |    
  WJC-20: 6 0 1 1 0.17 |    
  WJC-20 D1: 10 1 6 7 0.70 39  |    



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
SEASON AWARDS BY SEASON
2004-2005 U18 WJC (D1|B) Silver Medal
2005-2006 U18 WJC (D1|B) Gold Medal
2006-2007 U20 WJC (D1|A) Silver Medal
2007-2008 AHL Calder Cup Champion
  U20 WJC (D1|B) Best Defenseman
  U20 WJC (D1|B) Gold Medal
  U20 WJC (D1|B) Most Points by Defenseman (5)
2009-2010 AHL Best Plus/Minus (+47)
2013-2014 World Championship Most Goals by Defenseman (4)
  World Championship Top 3 Player on Team
2014-2015 KHL Most Blocked Shots (113)
 AWARDS BY LEAGUE
- AHL Best Plus/Minus 09/10
- AHL Calder Cup Champion 07/08
- KHL Most Blocked Shots 14/15
- U18 WJC (D1|B) Gold Medal 05/06
- U18 WJC (D1|B) Silver Medal 04/05
- U20 WJC (D1|A) Silver Medal 06/07
- U20 WJC (D1|B) Best Defenseman 07/08
- U20 WJC (D1|B) Gold Medal 07/08
- U20 WJC (D1|B) Most Points by Defenseman 07/08
- World Championship Most Goals by Defenseman 13/14
- World Championship Top 3 Player on Team 13/14



TRANSACTIONS
DATE STATUS FROM TO SOURCE  
03/18/2015 Doubtful Salavat Yulaev Ufa Retired
07/14/2014 Extension Salavat Yulaev Ufa Salavat Yulaev Ufa 3 years 
10/03/2013 Confirmed Sibir Novosibirsk Salavat Yulaev Ufa 2 years 
03/18/2013 Confirmed Sibir Novosibirsk Winnipeg Jets
07/15/2012 Confirmed Winnipeg Jets Sibir Novosibirsk
12/14/2011 Up/Down Winnipeg Jets St. John's IceCaps Reassigned 
11/13/2011 Up/Down St. John's IceCaps Winnipeg Jets Recalled 
09/28/2011 Up/Down Winnipeg Jets St. John's IceCaps Reassigned 
07/18/2011 Extension Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 1 year 
02/15/2011 Up/Down Atlanta Thrashers Chicago Wolves Reassigned 
02/04/2011 Up/Down Chicago Wolves Atlanta Thrashers Recalled 
10/04/2010 Up/Down Atlanta Thrashers Chicago Wolves (Reassigned) 


PLAYER BIOGRAPHY AND TRIVIA
 
- Drafted 2006, round 1 #48 overall by Peterborough Petes in the CHL Import Draft
 
Career transactions
- 2013-07-15 • Signed to a two-year contract by Salavat Yulaev Ufa
- 2013-03-18 • Signed to a one-year contract by the Winnipeg Jets (did not dress)
- 2012-07-15 • Signed to a one-year contract by Sibir Novosibirsk
- 2011-07-18 • Re-signed to a one-year contract by the Winnipeg Jets
- 2011-06-21 • NHL rights transferred to the Winnipeg Jets after the the Atlanta Thrashers franchise relocated
- 2008-05-22 • Signed to a three-year entry level contract by the Atlanta Thrashers
- 2008-03-30 • Signed to an amateur tryout by the Chicago Wolves
Memorable dates
- 2010-02-13 • Recorded 1 NHL career assist (vs Chicago)
- 2010-02-12 • Made NHL debut (vs Minnesota)