Marek Tvrdoň

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Marek Tvrdoň
Born (1993-01-31) January 31, 1993 (age 21)
Nitra, Slovakia
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 212 lb (96 kg; 15 st 2 lb)
Position Forward
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Former teams
Detroit Red Wings
Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
ECHL
Toledo Walleye
AHL
Grand Rapids Griffins
WHL
Vancouver Giants
SVK
HK Nitra
NHL Draft 115th overall, 2011
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 2010–present

Marek Tvrdoň (born January 31, 1993) is a Slovak junior ice hockey winger who is currently playing for the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL. Tvrdoň has previously played for HK Nitra's junior and Slovak Extraliga teams. Tvrdoň was drafted 115th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Junior[edit]

Born in Nitra, Slovakia, Tvrdon developed with his hometown's HK Nitra junior program. Beginning at the under-18 level in 2007–08, he went on to the under-20 level two years later, scoring 56 points (25 goals and 31 assists) over 45 games. During the 2009–10 season, he also played six games with HK Nitra's men's team in the Slovak Extraliga.

During the subsequent 2010–11 season, Tvrdon moved to North America to play for the major junior Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He began the campaign with 11 points (6 goals and 5 assists) in 12 games before suffering a shoulder injury in mid-October 2010. The following month, he underwent season-ending surgery.[1] In the off-season, he was selected 115th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Detroit Red Wings. Giant general manager Scott Bonner speculated that if he had played the full season prior to the draft, he would have been selected much higher, perhaps as a "first or second-round pick". Tvrdon has been described as a player with size and skill, while Giants head coach Don Hay listed his work ethic as a weakness following his first WHL season.[1]

On January 8, 2014 Tvrdoň was traded by the Vancouver Giants to the Kelowna Rockets for a second-round pick in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft.[2]

Professional[edit]

On July 3, 2012, Tvrdoň signed a three year entry-level contract with the Detroit Red Wings.[3]

International play[edit]

Tvrdon competed with Slovakia at the 2010 IIHF World U18 Championships. He recorded four points (three goals and an assist) over six games. Two years later, he moved on to the under-20 level with the Slovakia's national junior team at the 2012 IIHF World U20 Championships. He recorded four points (three goals and an assist) over six games, fifth in team scoring.[4] Slovakia finished sixth in the tournament after losing their quarterfinal and the fifth place consolation match.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10 HK Nitra Slovak 6 0 0 0 2
2010–11 Vancouver Giants WHL 12 6 5 11 14
2011–12 Vancouver Giants WHL 60 31 43 74 62 6 3 3 6 0
2012–13 Vancouver Giants WHL 18 8 14 22 16
2013–14 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 1 0 0 0 0
2013–14 Toledo Walleye ECHL 22 9 4 13 6
WHL totals 90 45 62 107 92 6 3 3 6 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Pap, Elliott (2011-08-30). "Healed Marek Tvrdon raring to walk the talk". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 2011-12-29. 
  2. ^ Giants Trade Marek Tvrdon to the Rockets vancouvergiants.com, January 8, 2014
  3. ^ Nicastro, Tvrdon sign entry-level deals NHL.com, July 3, 2012
  4. ^ "Player Statistics By Team" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. 2012-01-04. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  5. ^ "Games & Results". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 

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