Jakub Voráček

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Jakub Voráček
Jakub Voráček 2011-12-29.JPG
Voráček with the Flyers in 2011
Born (1989-08-15) August 15, 1989 (age 25)
Kladno, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 214 lb (97 kg; 15 st 4 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Philadelphia Flyers
HC Kladno
Columbus Blue Jackets
HC Lev Praha
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 7th overall, 2007
Columbus Blue Jackets
Playing career 2005–present

Jakub "Jake" Voráček (born August 15, 1989) is a Czech professional ice hockey right winger currently playing for the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted seventh overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

With the Blue Jackets in 2009

Voráček was taken first overall in the 2006 Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Import Draft and played two seasons with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). He also represented the Czech Republic at the World Junior Ice Hockey Championship in 2007 and 2008. He signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Blue Jackets on August 2, 2007.[1]

Voráček made his NHL debut on October 10, 2008 against the Dallas Stars and scored his first career NHL goal in the first period by beating Marty Turco.[2] Voráček scored 9 goals and recorded 29 assists for 38 points in 80 games during his rookie season and helped the Blue Jackets make the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. He had the lone assist on the first ever playoff goal in Blue Jackets history, scored by R. J. Umberger.

On June 23, 2011, he was traded along with a 2011 first-round pick (Sean Couturier) and a 2011 third-round pick (Nick Cousins) to the Philadelphia Flyers for Jeff Carter.[3] He signed a one-year contract with the Flyers on July 1,[4] the same day his new team signed fellow Kladno native Jaromír Jágr to a one-year contract.[5] He scored a goal in his Flyer debut, scoring a first period goal against Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins. Voráček set a new career high with 18 goals scored during the 2011–12 season and also scored his first career playoff goal in game one of the Flyers opening round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, beating Marc-André Fleury 2:23 into the first overtime.

Voráček signed a four-year, $17 million contract with the Flyers on July 26, 2012.[6] He subsequently replaced the gap left by Jaromír Jágr, who signed with the Dallas Stars during free agency, on the Flyers top line with Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell. Also playing for HC Lev Praha of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) during the 2012–13 NHL lockout. On February 20, 2013, Voracek scored his first career hat trick against the Pittsburgh Penguins.[7] On February 25 he was named NHL First Star of the Week after scoring four goals and seven assists in four games played.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 HC Kladno Czech 1 0 0 0 0
2006–07 Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 59 23 63 86 26 12 7 17 24 6
2007–08 Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 53 33 68 101 42 15 5 13 18 14
2008–09 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 80 9 29 38 44 4 0 1 1 8
2009–10 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 81 16 34 50 26
2010–11 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 80 14 32 46 26
2011–12 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 78 18 31 49 32 11 2 8 10 8
2012–13 HC Lev Praha KHL 23 7 13 20 22
2012–13 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 48 22 24 46 35
2013–14 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 23 39 62 22 7 2 2 4 4
NHL totals 449 102 189 291 185 22 4 11 15 20
Medal record
Competitor for  Czech Republic
World Championships
Gold 2010 Cologne
Bronze 2011 Bratislava
IIHF U18 Championships
Bronze 2006 Halmstad

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2006 Czech Republic WJC18 3rd 7 3 3 6 6
2007 Czech Republic WJC18 9th 4 1 2 3 2
2007 Czech Republic WJC 5th 6 1 2 3 4
2008 Czech Republic WJC 5th 6 0 6 6 4
2010 Czech Republic WC 1st 9 0 2 2 6
2011 Czech Republic WC 3rd 9 1 2 3 2
2013 Czech Republic WC 7th 8 1 6 7 2
2014 Czech Republic OG 6th 5 1 1 2 2
Junior totals 23 5 13 18 16
Senior totals 31 3 11 14 12

Awards and honours[edit]

Voracek with the Halifax Mooseheads
Award Year
QMJHL
All-Rookie Team 2007
RDS Cup 2007
Michel Bergeron Trophy 2007
Second All-Star Team 2008
Philadelphia Flyers (NHL)
Bobby Clarke Trophy 2013
Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Trophy 2013
Yanick Dupre Memorial Class Guy Award 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Blue Jackets sign 2007 first round pick Voracek". Columbus Blue Jackets. August 3, 2007. Retrieved June 23, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Blue Jackets vs. Stars - 10/10/2008 - Columbus Blue Jackets - Recap". Columbus Blue Jackets. October 10, 2008. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Flyers Acquire Voracek, 8th overall pick". Philadelphia Flyers. June 23, 2011. Retrieved June 28, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Flyers add (D) Lilja, Sign Voracek". Philadelphia Flyers. July 1, 2011. Retrieved July 1, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Jagr Lands in Philly". Philadelphia Flyers. July 1, 2011. Retrieved July 1, 2011. 
  6. ^ Sarah Baicker (July 26, 2012). "Flyers re-sign Jakub Voracek to four-year deal". CSNPhilly.com. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  7. ^ Chris Adamski (February 20, 2013). "Voracek's hat trick lifts Flyers to 6-5 win". NHL.com. Retrieved February 20, 2013. 
  8. ^ Voracek, Stamkos, Bishop named NHL 'Three Stars'

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Derick Brassard
Columbus Blue Jackets first round draft pick
2007
Succeeded by
Nikita Filatov
Preceded by
Claude Giroux
Winner of the Bobby Clarke Trophy
2013
Succeeded by
Claude Giroux