April 5, 1995 |
London, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||203 lb (92 kg; 14 st 7 lb)|
|NHL team (P)
London Knights (OHL)
|NHL Draft||9th overall, 2013
Bowie William Horvat (born April 5, 1995) is a Canadian junior ice hockey centre currently playing for the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Selected ninth overall in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Horvat is a prospect within the Vancouver Canucks organization of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Horvat is known as a two-way forward, capable of contributing both offensively and defensively. He has won two J. Ross Robertson Cup titles with the Knights as OHL champions and was named Playoff MVP in 2013. Internationally, he has played for Team Canada at the 2012 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament (under-18) and 2014 IIHF U20 Championships.
Horvat was born in London, Ontario, to Tim and Cindy Horvat. His father is a former hockey player who also played major junior with the London Knights, while his younger brother, Cal, also plays hockey.
Approximately 50 kilometres away from London, Horvat grew up in Rodney, Ontario, a farming town with a population of about 1,000. Upon his NHL draft, the town hosted a celebratory event for him at West Elgin Arena, his childhood minor hockey arena, and was reportedly attended by in excess of 1,000 people. As a child, Horvat cheered for the Detroit Red Wings. He has also listed Mike Richards as his favourite player growing up.
At the age of 4, Horvat played for The West Lorne Comets. At the age of 12, Horvat played peewee for the Toronto Red Wings, winning the all-Ontario Peewee AAA championships in 2008. With 10 points in the round-robin portion of the tournament, he won the leading scorer award. Living approximately 100 kilometres away from Toronto, Horvat was driven into the city every weekend by a teammate's father and practiced separately from the team throughout the week.
By 2010, Horvat advanced to the midget level with the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs. He scored 47 goals and 118 points over 68 games in his first and only season with the team and was named the Minor Hockey Alliance of Ontario's midget player of the year. At the end of the season, he played an additional five games of Junior B for the St. Thomas Stars, a team coached and owned by his uncle, Ron Horvat (Horvat's father also helped out with the team). During his brief stint with St. Thomas, he registered a goal and four points.
In the summer following his midget season, Horvat was selected 9th overall by the London Knights in the 2011 Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Priority Selection Draft. Joining the Knights for the 2011–12 season, he scored a goal in his OHL debut on September 23, 2011, an 8-0 win over the Saginaw Spirit. Horvat completed his OHL rookie season with 11 goals and 30 points in 64 games, ranking 18th among the league's first-year players. In the playoffs, he contributed a goal and three assists over 18 games, as London won the J. Ross Robertson Cup as league champions. With the Knights advancing to the 2012 Memorial Cup, Horvat scored a goal in three games. London finished as tournament runner-up to the Shawinigan Cataractes, losing 2–1 in the final.
In 2012–13, Horvat improved to 33 goals and 61 points over 67 games, ranking fourth in team scoring. As part of the OHL's annual coaches poll, he was voted as the league's best in faceoffs and shot blocking. He was also recognized for his academic efforts as the Knights' representative on the OHL Scholastic Team. In the post-season, Horvat added 16 goals and 23 points in 21 playoff games, helping the Knights defend their OHL championship. In the deciding game of the finals, Horvat scored twice, including the game-winner with less than a second remaining. Leading the league in playoff goals, Horvat was given the Wayne Gretzky 99 Award as the post-season's most valuable player. Advancing to the 2013 Memorial Cup, the Knights finished as semifinalists, losing to the Portland Winterhawks 2–1. Horvat recorded 2 goals and 5 points in 5 games. With zero penalty minutes, he was named the tournament's Most Sportsmanlike Player.
Entering the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Horvat was ranked 15th among North American skaters by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau, while International Scouting Services ranked him 10th overall among all draft-eligible skaters. He was scouted as a two-way forward who could contribute in all areas of the game, both offensively and defensively. When asked to compare himself to an NHL player, Horvat stated that he tries to model his game after Mike Richards, a Selke Trophy nominee in previous years. Horvat was taken ninth overall in the draft by the Vancouver Canucks, who had traded starting goaltender Cory Schneider in exchange for the selection.
While attending Canada's national junior summer camp, Horvat was signed to a three year, entry level contract on August 6, 2013. Following his first training camp and pre-season with the Canucks, Horvat appeared to have made the team's opening roster. After the Canucks made a trade for a pair of centres from the Carolina Hurricanes, however, he was sent back to the Knights for another season of junior.
|Competitor for Canada|
|Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament|
|World U-17 Hockey Challenge|
Horvat was a member of Team Ontario's under-16 team at the 2011 Canada Winter Games. Scoring a team-leading 9 points (4 goals and 5 assists) in 6 games, he helped Ontario to a fourth-place finish. The following year, he captained Team Ontario at the 2012 World U-17 Hockey Challenge to a bronze medal. He scored 4 goals and 7 points in 6 games, including a goal and an assist in the bronze medal game against Sweden. The same year, he was named an alternate captain for Team Canada's under-18 team at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. With 2 goals and 4 points in 5 games, he helped Canada to a gold medal.
During his third OHL season, Horvat was named to Canada's under-20 team for the 2014 World Junior Championships in Malmo, Sweden. After beginning the tournament in an offensive role, centring a line with Connor McDavid and Sam Reinhart, he finished on Canada's checking line and earned praise from head coach Brent Sutter for his defensive play. In seven games, he recorded a goal and three points as Canada ranked fourth.
Regular season and playoffs
|Junior int'l totals||18||7||7||14||18|
Awards and honours
|Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament Gold Medal||2012|||
|Wayne Gretzky 99 Award - OHL Playoffs MVP||2013|||
|Memorial Cup Most Sportsmanlike Player||2013|||
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- Bo Horvat named 2013 OHL Playoff MVP
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- Bo Horvat: 2013 NHL Draft Player Profile #19 | Last Word On Sports
- Bo Horvat's career statistics at EliteProspects.com
- Bo Horvat's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
|Awards and achievements|
|Vancouver Canucks first round draft pick