Kevin Fiala

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Kevin Fiala
Born (1996-07-22) July 22, 1996 (age 18)
St. Gallen, Switzerland
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 187 lb (85 kg; 13 st 5 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Nashville Predators
HV71 (SHL)
National team  Switzerland
NHL Draft 11th overall, 2014
Nashville Predators
Playing career 2013–present

Kevin Fiala (born July 22, 1996) is a Swiss ice hockey player of Czech origin. He is currently playing with HV71[1] of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) as a prospect for the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL). Fiala was selected by the Predators in the 1st Round (11th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Fiala played in various junior leagues in his native Switzerland, prior to joining the Swedish club Malmö Redhawks for the 2012–13 season. His time was split between the U18 club in the J18 Elit and J18 Allsvenskan, and the U20 outfit in the J20 SuperElit. Fiala then joined HV71, with whom he debuted for during the 2013 European Trophy.[2] Throughout the 2013–14 season, Fiala split time with the HV71 junior team in the J20 SuperElit and the senior team, which plays in the Swedish Hockey League. He was praised by head coach Ulf Dahlén for his play following his SHL debut, a 5-4 defeat to Linköpings HC.[3]

After his selection in the NHL draft on July 15, 2014, Fiala was signed to a three-year entry-level contract with the Nashville Predators.[4]

International play[edit]

He played in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in 2012 and 2013 as a member of the Swiss U18 national team. Fiala also skated for his country at the 2014 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, where he was lauded as one of the key players on the Swiss roster.[5] In five WJC games, he recorded one goal and four assists, as Switzerland was eliminated by Canada in the quarterfinals. In May 2014, Fiala represented Switzerland at the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Belarus, registering two assists in seven games.[6] Fiala is just the third player in history to play in the Under-18, Under-20 and Men’s World Championships in the same year (the others being Andrei Kostitsyn and Vadim Karaga).[7]

Personal[edit]

Fiala is a native of St. Gallen, Switzerland, although his parents are both Czech.[8] His father, Jan, played professional hockey in the Swiss lower leagues.[7] Fiala speaks five languages: Czech, English, French, German, and Swedish.[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
2012–13 Malmö Redhawks J20 33 9 19 28 28 3 0 0 0 2
2013–14 HV71 J20 27 10 15 25 40
2013–14 HV71 SHL 17 3 8 11 10 8 1 5 6 14
SHL totals 17 3 8 11 10 8 1 5 6 14

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2012 Switzerland IH18 6th 4 3 0 3 2
2013 Switzerland IH18 6th 4 2 0 2 12
2014 Switzerland WJC18 7th 5 4 5 9 8
2014 Switzerland WJC 7th 5 1 4 5 6
2014 Switzerland WC 10th 7 0 2 2 2
Junior totals 18 10 9 19 28
Senior totals 7 0 2 2 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kevin allein im Ausland - Eishockey - Live Eishockey und News bei sport.ch" (in German). Sport.ch.sportalsports.com. 2012-04-20. Retrieved 2014-01-14. 
  2. ^ "HV71 2013–14 player statistics". eliteprospects.com. 2014-04-15. Retrieved 2014-04-15. 
  3. ^ "Fiala hailed by Ulf Dahlen". expressen.se. 2013-09-29. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  4. ^ a b "Nashville Predators sign first round pick Fiala". Nashville Predators. 2014-07-15. Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  5. ^ "Holiday hockey is best to watch prospects". freep.com. 2014-05-15. Retrieved 2014-05-15. 
  6. ^ "Kevin Fiala". Elite Prospects. Retrieved August 12, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Campbell, Glenn (May 9, 2014). "Kevin Fiala completes Swiss hockey trifecta". The Hockey News. Retrieved August 12, 2014. 
  8. ^ Manasso, John. "Predators' Fiala part of upward trend in Swiss talent". NHL Official Website. Retrieved August 12, 2014. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Seth Jones
Nashville Predators first round draft pick
2014
Succeeded by
Incumbent