Height: 6' 3", Weight: 210 pounds
Born: 4.27.75 Most, Czech Republic
|How he arrived: Traded from the San Jose Sharks for Devils' 3rd round pick in the 1998 E.D., 8.22.97
How he left: Signed as a free agent with ESC Moskitos Essen (DEL) in late 1999
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Kroupa had a little bit of size to him, but he was best known for being extremely skilled offensively. He could move the
puck and had a cannon shot from the point.
However, he struggled to find a place in the North American game. Despite having size, he didn't really use it that
much, a must-do with the rugged North American game. He also could not get used to playing a longer schedule.
Thus, while with both the Sharks and the Devils, he kept alternating between the NHL and the minors.
In his later seasons on this side of the Atlantic, though, he did use the time in the minors to refine his game. Then the
first opportunity he got, he returned to Europe. He played his first season back in Germany, then moved on to his
homeland and had played in the Czech League, predominantly for Litvinov, for the rest of his career, which ended in
|Entry Draft: 1993 Second Round Pick (45th overall) by the
San Jose Sharks