Christian Dvorak

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Christian Dvorak
Christian Dvorak - London Knights.JPG
Born (1996-02-02) February 2, 1996 (age 22)
Palos, Illinois, U.S.
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 187 lb (85 kg; 13 st 5 lb)
Position Center / Left wing
Shoots Left
NHL team Arizona Coyotes
National team  United States
NHL Draft 58th overall, 2014
Arizona Coyotes
Playing career 2015–present

Christian Dvorak (born February 2, 1996) is an American professional ice hockey forward for the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]

Junior[edit]

Dvorak started his playing career with the Chicago Mission U16 and U18 teams.[1] After his impressive seasons in Chicago he was chosen 6th overall in the USHL Futures Draft, and in the 8th Round of the 2012 OHL Draft. He played the 2012–13 season with the Chicago Steel in the USHL, but the following year decided to move to Canada to play for the London Knights of the OHL.

After the 2013–14 season, he was drafted in the second round of the NHL Entry Draft by the Arizona Coyotes, who also drafted his former and current teammates Max Domi and Brendan Burke.

His rise to stardom began in the 2014–15 season, where he was second on the team with a staggering 109 points, only behind prodigy Mitchell Marner. On April 18, 2015, Dvorak signed his first professional contract, agreeing to a three-year, entry-level deal with the Arizona Coyotes.[2] He was assigned on an amateur try-out contract to make his professional debut with AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates.[3]

He was named co-captain of the Knights at the beginning of the 2015–16 season, sharing the honor with Marner. Throughout the season, Dvorak played on the top line alongside teammates Marner and Matthew Tkachuk. At the season's end, he led the team with 121 points, surpassing his previous score.[4]

Dvorak helped the London Knights win the 2016 Memorial Cup championship game at the ENMAX Centrium in Red Deer, Alberta to end his junior career.[5]

Professional[edit]

On November 3, 2016, Dvorak scored his first NHL goal on goalie Pekka Rinne to help clinch a win over the Nashville Predators. Dvorak also chipped in an assist on a goal scored by Anthony Duclair to tie the game. It was the first multi-point game of Dvorak's NHL career.[6]

On October 30, 2017, Dvorak scored his first goal of the 2017–18 season to help the Coyotes defeat the Philadelphia Flyers and avoid setting a new NHL record with a 12th straight loss to start the season.[7] On August 9, 2018, Dvorak signed a six-year contract extension with the Coyotes.[8]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Representing  United States
Men's ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2016 Finland

Dvorak made his junior international debut when he played for the United States under-20 Hockey team in the 2016 World Junior Championships tournament, winning a bronze medal. He had scored 8 points in 7 games.[9][10]

Personal life[edit]

Although Dvorak is often asked if he is related to former NHL player Radek Dvořák, they are not related.[citation needed]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2012–13 Chicago Mission U18 HPHL U18 31 19 33 52 4
2012–13 Chicago Steel USHL 9 2 3 5 2
2013–14 London Knights OHL 33 6 8 14 0
2014–15 London Knights OHL 66 41 68 109 24 10 5 8 13 0
2014–15 Portland Pirates AHL 2 1 1 2 4 5 0 1 1 0
2015–16 London Knights OHL 59 52 69 121 27 18 14 21 35 4
2016–17 Arizona Coyotes NHL 78 15 18 33 22
2017–18 Arizona Coyotes NHL 78 15 22 37 22
NHL totals 156 30 40 70 44

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2016 United States WJC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 7 3 5 8 8
2017 United States WC 5th 8 1 0 1 6
Junior totals 7 3 5 8 8
Senior totals 8 1 0 1 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ Landvogt, Chapin. "Hockey's Future - Christian Dvorak". Hockeysfuture.com. Retrieved 2016-03-09. 
  2. ^ "Coyotes sign Dvorak to entry-level contract". Arizona Coyotes. 2015-04-18. Retrieved 2015-04-18. 
  3. ^ "Arizona Coyotes may have gotten lucky with Christian Dvorak". Fiveforhowling.com. 2015-02-09. Retrieved 2016-03-09. 
  4. ^ "Christian Dvorak Proving Doubters Wrong - TSS". Todaysslapshot.com. 2015-12-08. Retrieved 2016-03-09. 
  5. ^ Dave Vest (May 29, 2016). "Dvorak Helps London Capture Memorial Cup". Arizona Coyotes. 
  6. ^ Dave Vest (November 4, 2016). "'Yotes Notes: Dvorak Scores First NHL Goal". Arizona Coyotes. 
  7. ^ Mike Cranston (October 31, 2017). "Coyotes defeat Flyers in OT for first win". NHL.com. 
  8. ^ "Coyotes Sign Dvorak to Six-Year Contract Extension". NHL.com. August 9, 2018. Retrieved August 22, 2018. 
  9. ^ "Christian Dvorak and his case for the Calder". Five For Howling. Mar 24, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Christian Dvorak Career Stats". NHL.com. 

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