March 28, 1991 |
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||174 lb (79 kg; 12 st 6 lb)|
|Tampa Bay Lightning
|National team||Czech Republic|
|NHL Draft||208th overall, 2011
Tampa Bay Lightning
He started his career in his native Czech Republic with HC Frýdek-Místek. Prior to turning professional in North America, Palát played major junior hockey in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with the Drummondville Voltigeurs. He was selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 7th round (208th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Palat began his professional career playing for the Norfolk Admirals, Tampa Bay's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate in 2011. While a member of the Norfolk Admirals, the club would set a professional hockey record by posting twenty-eight consecutive wins. The Admirals would go on to capture the Calder Cup as champion of American Hockey League. Palat would play one more season in the AHL with the Syracuse Crunch before being called up by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Palát scored his first NHL goal on March 16, 2013, against Justin Peters of the Carolina Hurricanes. Palat would be returned to Syracuse for the AHL playoffs. Prior to the season Tampa Bay Lightning had changed their AHL affiliate to the Syracuse Crunch. Palat and his teammates had a chance at back to back championships despite playing for a different hockey club. However, the Crunch would fall to the Grand Rapids Griffins in the Calder Cup final.
Palat would make the Lightning's 2013-14 opening roster out of training camp with his AHL line-mates Tyler Johnson, and Richard Pánik. At the end of the 2013–14 season, he was nominated for the Calder Memorial Trophy. Palat along with fellow teammate Tyler Johnson became the first teammates to be nominated together since Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks in 2008. The trophy eventually went to Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche, while Palat was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team .
On January 6, 2014, Ondřej Palát was named to the Czech Republic men's national ice hockey team for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Soich, Russia. The Czech Team were eliminated at the hands of Team USA. During his first Olympic appearance, Palat appeared in four games for his country. He did not register any points or penalty minutes in his four Olympic contests.
Regular season and playoffs
|2012–13||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||14||2||2||4||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013–14||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||81||23||36||59||20||3||2||1||3||0|
Awards and honours
|NHL All-Rookie Team||2013–14|||
- Hokej.cz - Ondřej Palát (HC Vítkovice Steel) 10. duben 2008 – Český hokej objevil další zajímavé jméno. Na mistrovství světa osmnáctiletých I. divize v polské Toruni zazářil útočník, o němž asi ještě ..
- "Lightning sign Palat". Tampa Bay Lightning. 2011-10-10. Retrieved 2012-02-03.
- "Carolina Hurricanes at Tampa Bay Lightning". Tampa Bay Lightning. 2013-03-16. Retrieved 2013-03-16.
- "Avalanche's MacKinnon wins Calder Trophy". National Hockey League. 2014-06-24. Retrieved 2014-06-27.
- "NHL announces 2013-14 All-Rookie Team". National Hockey League. 2014-06-24. Retrieved 2014-06-27.
- Ondřej Palát's career statistics at EliteProspects.com
- Ondřej Palát's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Ondřej Palát's player profile at NHL.com
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