Rihards Bukarts

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Rihards Bukarts
Born (1995-12-31) December 31, 1995 (age 19)
Jūrmala, Latvia
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Left Wing, Center
Shoots Left
KHL team (P)
Cur. team
Dinamo Riga
Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
National team  Latvia
Playing career 2011–present

Rihards Bukarts (born 31 December 1995 in Jūrmala, Latvia) is a Latvian ice hockey player. He is currently playing for Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League. Bukarts was selected 9th overall in the 2012 KHL Junior Draft by the Dinamo Riga.[1] With the selection Bukarts became the highest drafted Latvian in KHL history, 4 spots higher than his brother Roberts Bukarts in 2009.

Bukarts Jr. is youngest player ever who score in MHL on September 15, 2011 .[2] Bukarts jr was selected 7th overall in the 2013 CHL Import Draft by Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL). [3] Bukarts is highest drafted player in Wheat Kings history. In the summer in 2013 Bukarts jr brake a contract with Dinamo Riga and left to North America play for Brandon Wheat Kings in WHL.

He participated at the 2012 and 2013 IIHF World U18 Championships and also 2013 IIHF World U20 Championships he was a member of the Latvia men's national junior ice hockey team.

On July 2, 2012 Rihards Bukarts signed with Dinamo Riga two-way contract.[4]

On July 19 2013 Rihards Bukarts signed with Brandon Wheat Kings. [5]


Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 SK Saga LHL 2 14 9 5 14  —  —  —  —  —  —
2009–10 SK Riga 18 LHL U18 9 7 11 18 2  —  —  —  —  —
2010–11 SK Saga LHL 2 19 19 30 49 10  —  —  —  —  —
2011–12 Kapitan Stupino MHL 47 11 11 22 22  —  —  —  —  —
2011–12 SK Saga LHL 2 11 28 31 59 12  —  —  —  —  —
2012–13 HK Riga MHL 62 18 17 35 44 3 0 0 0 0
2012–13 HK Juniors Riga LHL  —  —  —  —  — 2 0 1 1 0
2013–14 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 65 28 26 54 50 9 0 4 4 0

International[edit]

Year Team Comp   GP G A Pts PIM
2012 Latvia WJC U18 6 0 5 5 2
2013 Latvia WJC 6 0 1 1 4
2013 Latvia WJC U18 6 1 1 2 0
Junior int'l Totals 18 1 7 8 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dinamo" draftē Bukartu un Golovkovu" (in Latvian). Sportacentrs.com. May 26, 2012. Retrieved May 26, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Rihards Bukarts gūst pirmos vārtus MHL čempionātā" (in Latvian). Delfi.lv. September 16, 2011. Retrieved September 16, 2011. 
  3. ^ "CHL draftā ar 7. numuru izvēlēts Rihards Bukarts" (in Latvian). Nra.lv. July 3, 2013. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Dinamo" paraksta līgumu ar Rihardu Bukartu" (in Latvian). Sportacentrs.com. July 2, 2012. Retrieved July 2, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Rihards Bukarts un Golovkovs karjeru turpinās Kanādā" (in Latvian). Tvnet.lv. July 19, 2013. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 

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