Tomáš Jurčo

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Tomáš Jurčo
Tomas Jurco Griffins.jpg
Born (1992-12-28) December 28, 1992 (age 21)
Košice, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 193 lb (88 kg; 13 st 11 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team Detroit Red Wings
National team  Slovakia
NHL Draft 35th overall, 2011
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 2009–present

Tomáš Jurčo (born December 28, 1992) is a Slovak ice hockey player who is currently playing for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL). Jurčo began playing hockey in the HC Košice before moving to North America in 2009 to play for the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). He spent three seasons with Saint John, helping them win the Memorial Cup as major junior champions of Canada in 2011. Jurčo was drafted 35th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Junior[edit]

At the 2009 CHL Import Draft Jurčo was selected fourth overall by the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).[1] He joined the team that year, and was nominated for the 2009–10 QMJHL Rookie of the Year award. His skill set involves a unique set of hands and good sense of vision on the ice. He is sometimes compared to his favorite player and fellow countryman Marian Hossa. His videos are popular on YouTube amongst many hockey fans.[2] He was a key contributor in the Sea Dog's Memorial Cup Championship in 2011.[3]

On June 25, 2011 the Detroit Red Wings took him 35th overall (Round 2 Pick 5) as their first pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.[4][5]

Professional[edit]

On August 7, 2012, Jurčo signed a three year entry-level contract with the Detroit Red Wings. Jurčo was assigned to the team's AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, for the 2012–13 season. Jurčo recorded 14 goals and 14 assists in 74 games in his first professional season. Jurčo was among one of the team's leading scorer during the 2013 Calder Cup playoffs, recording eight goals and six assists, to help lead the Griffins to the Calder Cup.[6]

Jurčo began the 2013–14 season with the Griffins before being called up to the Detroit Red Wings. At the time of his first call-up, Jurčo led the Griffins in goals (11), assists (16), points (27) and power-play goals (5).[7] On December 15, 2013, Jurčo made his NHL debut for the Detroit Red Wings in a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.[8] On December 17, 2013, Jurčo scored his first career NHL goal against Jonas Hiller of the Anaheim Ducks.[9]

International play[edit]

Jurčo represented Slovakia at the 2011 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, scoring one point in six games. Jurčo again represented Slovakia at the 2012 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, where he was leading scorer on the team, recording one goal and seven assists in five games.[10]

Jurčo was selected to play for Slovakia at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, where he finished the tournament with one goal in four games.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Jurčo is the younger brother of Petra Jurčová, a veteran of Slovakia national women's ice hockey team.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10 Saint John Sea Dogs QMJHL 64 26 25 51 24 21 7 10 17 8
2010–11 Saint John Sea Dogs QMJHL 60 31 25 56 17 19 6 12 18 8
2011–12 Saint John Sea Dogs QMJHL 48 30 38 68 37 16 13 16 29 12
2012–13 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 74 14 14 28 22 24 8 6 14 21
2013–14 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 32 13 19 32 14 8 5 2 7 11
2013–14 Detroit Red Wings NHL 36 8 7 15 14 4 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 36 8 7 15 14 4 0 0 0 0

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2011 Slovakia WJC 8th 6 1 0 1 0
2012 Slovakia WJC 6th 5 1 7 8 4
2014 Slovakia Oly 11th 4 1 0 1 2
Junior totals 11 2 7 9 4
Senior totals 4 1 0 1 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ CHL (2009). "2009 CHL Import Draft". CHL.ca. Retrieved 2013-12-15. 
  2. ^ Charron, C. (June 21, 2011). "Tomas Jurco determined to be more than a YouTube star". thehockeywriters.com. Retrieved 2011-06-29. 
  3. ^ Kennedy, R. (May 31, 2011). "The Hot List: Jurco's stock rising". The Hockey News. Retrieved 2011-06-28. 
  4. ^ St. James, H. (June 25, 2011). "Red Wings make forward Tomas Jurco top draft pick". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2011-06-28. 
  5. ^ Waddell, D. (June 27, 2011). "Red Wings bulk up the roster". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 2011-06-28. 
  6. ^ Hungry for Success
  7. ^ Red Wings Firsts: Tomas Jurco NHL.com, June 25, 2014
  8. ^ Abdelkader out; Jurco to make debut NHL.com, December 15, 2013
  9. ^ Rookie Tomas Jurco nets first career NHL goal in his second game NHL.com, December 17, 2013
  10. ^ 2012 World Championship: Tomas Tatar, Slovakia hockeysfuture.com, May 18, 2012
  11. ^ Olympics come to an end for Tatar, Jurco NHL.com, February 18, 2014
  12. ^ Radosť z premiérového štartu a gólu Tomáša Jurča (20) v NHL má aj jeho sestra Petra (26)

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