Tomáš Kundrátek

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Tomáš Kundrátek
Tomáš Kundrátek 2013-02-03.JPG
Born (1989-12-26) December 26, 1989 (age 24)
Přerov, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Washington Capitals
Hershey Bears (AHL)
NHL Draft 90th overall, 2008
New York Rangers
Playing career 2006–present

Tomáš "Thunder Boy" Kundrátek (born December 26, 1989) is a professional ice hockey defenseman in the Washington Capitals organization. He is currently playing with the Hershey Bears in the American Hockey League. He has previously played for the Medicine Hat Tigers in the Western Hockey League and the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League.

Playing career[edit]

Whilst playing as a youth and professionally with HC Oceláři Třinec in his native Czech Republic, He was selected 90th overall by the New York Rangers in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, where he was the top ranked Czech skater. Kundratek signed his first professional contract with the New York Rangers on August 25, 2008.[1] The following season, with the intention to adapt to the North American style, Kundrátek joined the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Canadian Major Junior Western Hockey League.

He skated in 70 games as a rookie for the Rangers AHL affiliate, the Connecticut Whale, during the 2010–11 season, registering two goals and ten assists for 12 points, along with 42 penalty minutes and an even plus/minus rating. He also skated in all six of the Whale's playoff games versus the Portland Pirates in the first round of the Calder Cup playoffs, earning two assists and two penalty minutes. He was traded by the Rangers to the Washington Capitals in exchange for Francois Bouchard on November 8, 2011.[2]

During the 2011–12 season, Kundratek was recalled from AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears, to Washington on January 10, 2012, and made his NHL debut the following night in a 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. He played for a total of 5 games before returning to Hershey to continue playing with the Bears on January 20, 2012. He didn't record any points while playing with the Capitals, but he did have 2 shots on goal, 3 hits, 4 blocked shots and 2 PIM.

In the lockout shortened 2012–13 season, having secured an opening night roster spot with the Capitals he then scored his first NHL goal against the Boston Bruins on March 5, 2013.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006–07 HC Oceláři Třinec CZE 22 0 1 1 4 4 0 0 0 6
2007–08 HC Oceláři Třinec CZE 14 0 1 1 10 7 0 2 2 8
2007–08 HC Havířov CZE.1 17 1 0 1 12
2008–09 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 51 4 19 23 63 11 0 6 6 12
2008–09 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 1 0 0 0 0
2009–10 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 65 2 33 35 62 12 1 5 6 23
2010–11 Hartford Wolf Pack/CT Whale AHL 70 2 10 12 42 6 0 2 2 2
2011–12 Connecticut Whale AHL 7 0 2 2 2
2011–12 Hershey Bears AHL 55 12 11 23 34 4 0 4 4 4
2011–12 Washington Capitals NHL 5 0 0 0 2
2012–13 Hershey Bears AHL 49 16 15 31 26 5 0 1 1 2
2012–13 Washington Capitals NHL 25 1 6 7 8
2013–14 Hershey Bears AHL 7 1 0 1 6
NHL totals 30 1 6 7 10
Medal record
Competitor for  Czech Republic
Ice hockey
World U-17 Hockey Challenge
Bronze 2006 Canada

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2006 Czech Republic U17 Bronze medal icon.svg 5 0 1 1 4
2007 Czech Republic WJC18 9th 6 0 0 0 6
2008 Czech Republic WJC 5th 6 1 0 1 2
2009 Czech Republic WJC 6th 6 0 6 6 10
Junior totals 23 1 7 8 22

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rangers agree to terms with Kundratek". New York Rangers. 2008-08-25. Retrieved 2010-05-06. 
  2. ^ "Rangers acquire Bouchard in swap of minor leaguers". Yahoo! Sports. 2011-11-08. Retrieved 2011-11-08. 

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