Jiří Tlustý

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Jiří Tlustý
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Born (1988-03-16) March 16, 1988 (age 26)
Slaný, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 209 lb (95 kg; 14 st 13 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Carolina Hurricanes
Toronto Maple Leafs
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 13th overall, 2006
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 2005–present

Jiří Tlustý (born March 16, 1988) is a Czech professional ice hockey player who is a member of the Carolina Hurricanes organization of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was a first round draft pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, and split time between the Maple Leafs and the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League (AHL) until he was traded to the Hurricanes in December 2009. Tlustý was also drafted by Atlant Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) on June 1, 2009, 43rd overall.

Junior career[edit]

Tlustý was assigned to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League, holders of his OHL rights. In Tlustý's first 13 games of his OHL career, he sustained a bad high-ankle sprain that kept him out of the lineup for nearly 6 weeks as he attended treatment in Toronto. The injury also kept him from joining the Czech National team at the World Junior Hockey Championships although he was named to the pre-tournament roster.

He made his return to the lineup in mid-January 2007. He finished his first regular season in the OHL with 13 goals, 21 assists for 34 points in 37 games. With Tlustý back in the lineup, the Greyhounds made a strong finish leading into the playoffs and scored an upset in the first round, eliminating the Saginaw Spirit in 6 games. In the next round they faced the London Knights and lost in 7 games. Tlustý played well in the playoffs scoring 9 goals and 8 assists for 17 points in 13 games.

Professional career[edit]

Training camps and the AHL[edit]

On July 14, 2006, Tlustý signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, while appearing wearing #41 in training camp. On September 25, 2006, Tlustý was assigned to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League where he started his professional career by scoring three goals and one assist in six games. On October 23, 2006, he was sent back to Sault Ste. Marie.

Tlustý attended the 2007 Toronto Maple Leafs prospect camp tournament for players who had been selected in the NHL Entry Draft, but had yet to play in the NHL. He played in all four games scoring three goals and adding an assist for a total of four points.

After the 2007 Prospects camp, Tlustý attended the Toronto Maple Leafs training camp and pre-season. He played four games in the pre-season and earned three assists. He qualified for final cuts before being sent down to the AHL again. He played in 5 games in the AHL, scoring one goal and two assists.

On February 18, 2009, Jiří Tlustý for the Toronto Marlies scored 5 goals on 5 shots against the Syracuse Crunch, setting a franchise record for most goals scored in a game by one player for the Toronto Marlies and being the first player to score 5 goals in a game in the AHL since Jarkko Immonen did it in 2006.

On March 4, 2009, Tlustý set a franchise record for most points in a game against the Providence Bruins. Tlustý finished with two goals and four assists for six points in a 6-4 victory for the Toronto Marlies.

NHL[edit]

On October 25, 2007, Tlustý played his first regular season NHL game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, scoring two goals in his début. His first goal was originally a shot by Alex Steen, but it deflected off of Tlustý's backside and went in the net. Thirty-five seconds later, he scored with a wrist shot from the wing. He earned his first assist on November 2. When he got into the NHL he wore number 41. However, he later switched his number to 11.

On January 15, 2009, Tlustý registered a career high of three points, all assists, in a game against the Carolina Hurricanes .

On December 3, 2009, Tlustý was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes for forward Philippe Paradis.[1] Tlusty scored his first goal for the Hurricanes on December 11, 2009 against the Capitals in his first game for the club. On July 1, 2010, Tlusty signed a one-year one-way contract with the Carolina Hurricanes worth 500,000 US dollars. On July 1, 2011, Tlusty signed a one-year one-way contract with the Carolina Hurricanes worth 525,000 US dollars.

Tlusty set career highs of 18 goals and 36 points during the 2011-2012 season and was re-signed by the Hurricanes to a two-year contract worth $3.2 million.

Tlusty then again set a new career high in goals 23, and points 38, in the 2013 lock-out shorten season. Tlusty playing alongside all-stars Eric Staal and Alexander Semin discovered a new found scoring touch that lead him to finish tied for 5th in goal scoring in the NHL.

Nude photo incident[edit]

In mid-November 2007, photos of Tlustý, one of which was of him nude, appeared on the Internet, causing a media frenzy. Tlustý took the photos with his cell phone while still in Sault Ste. Marie the previous season. The photos of Tlustý first appeared on Canadian gossip site isthishappening.com, after which Tlustý retained the Toronto law firm Adair Morse, which began threatening some websites that had put the photos up with legal action.[2] He issued a press release saying, "I used poor judgment in this instance and I have learned a valuable lesson." A second set of photos, reportedly taken during a night at a bar, was also circulating on the Internet. One photo showed Tlustý with his tongue out towards a male friend who was leaning in over his shoulder. This photo was published as the full-front page photo of the November 14, 2007 issue of the Toronto Sun.[3][4]

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 CZE 44 7 3 10 51
2006–07 Toronto Marlies AHL 6 3 1 4 4
2006–07 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 37 13 21 34 28 13 9 8 17 14
2007–08 Toronto Marlies AHL 14 7 11 18 8 19 2 8 10 8
2007–08 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 58 10 6 16 14
2008–09 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 14 0 4 4 0
2008–09 Toronto Marlies AHL 66 25 41 66 26 6 1 2 3 2
2009–10 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2009–10 Toronto Marlies AHL 19 8 7 15 4
2009–10 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 18 1 5 6 6
2009–10 Albany River Rats AHL 20 6 9 15 10 5 0 1 1 0
2010–11 Charlotte Checkers AHL 5 1 1 2 4
2010–11 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 57 6 6 12 14
2011–12 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 79 17 19 36 26
2012–13 HC Kladno CZE 24 12 11 23 12
2012–13 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 48 23 15 38 18
2013–14 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 68 16 14 30 22
NHL totals 344 73 69 142 100

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Leafs ship Tlusty to 'Canes for Paradis". Sportsnet.ca. December 3, 2009. 
  2. ^ (Image of Letter from Adair Morse)
  3. ^ "TorontoSun.com - Front Page - November 14: Cover". Toronto Sun. 2007-11-14. Retrieved 2007-11-17. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Maple Leaf Rookie's Nude Pictures Show Up On Net". 365Gay.com. 2007-11-14. Archived from the original on 2007-11-16. Retrieved 2007-11-17. 

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Preceded by
Tuukka Rask
Toronto Maple Leafs first round draft pick
2006
Succeeded by
Luke Schenn