Jakub Voráček

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Jakub Voráček
Jakub Voráček 2011-12-29.JPG
Voráček with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2011
Born (1989-08-15) 15 August 1989 (age 28)
Kladno, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 214 lb (97 kg; 15 st 4 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Philadelphia Flyers
HC Kladno
Columbus Blue Jackets
HC Lev Praha
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 7th overall, 2007
Columbus Blue Jackets
Playing career 2005–present

Jakub Voráček (Czech pronunciation: [ˈjakup ˈvoraːtʃɛk];born 15 August 1989) is a Czech professional ice hockey right winger currently playing for the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Voráček was drafted seventh overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, with whom he began his NHL career.

Playing career[edit]

Junior[edit]

Voráček was taken first overall in the 2006 Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Import Draft and played two seasons with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). He also represented the Czech Republic at the World Junior Ice Hockey Championship in 2007 and 2008. He signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets on 2 August 2007.[1]

Professional[edit]

Voráček made his NHL debut on 10 October 2008, against the Dallas Stars, also scoring his first career NHL goal in the game's first period on goaltender Marty Turco.[2] Voráček scored nine goals and 29 assists for 38 points in 80 games during his rookie season, helping the Blue Jackets make the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in franchise history in 2009. He also had the lone assist on the first-ever playoff goal in Blue Jackets history, scored by R. J. Umberger.

Voráček with the Columbus Blue Jackets during the 2009–10 season.

On 23 June 2011, Voráček was traded, along with a 2011 first-round draft pick (Sean Couturier) and a 2011 third-round pick (Nick Cousins), to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for forward Jeff Carter.[3] Days later, on July 1, Voráček signed a one-year contract with the Flyers,[4] the same day his new team signed fellow Kladno native and long-time NHL star Jaromír Jágr to a one-year contract.[5] In his Flyers debut against the Boston Bruins, Voráček scored a goal in the game's first period against goaltender Tim Thomas. In the 2011–12 season, Voráček set a new career-high with 18 goals scored, also later scoring his first career playoff goal in Game 1 of the Flyers' opening round Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, beating Marc-André Fleury 2:23 into the first overtime period.

In the subsequent off-season, Voráček signed a four-year, $17 million contract extension with the Flyers on 26 July 2012, paying $4.25 million annually.[6][7] Upon signing, Voráček was expected to fill the gap left by Jágr, who had departed weeks prior via free agency to Dallas, on the Flyers' top line, alongside Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell.[8]

Voráček returned to the Czech Republic to play for HC Lev Praha of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) during the 2012–13 NHL lockout. On 20 February 2013, shortly after play resumed in the NHL for the 2012–13 season, he scored his first career hat-trick in a game against Pittsburgh.[9] On 25 February, he was then named the NHL's First Star of the Week after scoring four goals and seven assists in four games.[10]

During the 2014–15 season, Voráček scored the second-fastest overtime goal in Flyers history on December 22, 2014, in a game against the Winnipeg Jets. The goal, unassisted, was scored just ten seconds into overtime against Jets goaltender Ondřej Pavelec at the MTS Center in Winnipeg. It was scored just three seconds slower than former Flyer Simon Gagné's overtime-winning goal seven seconds into the January 5, 2006, game against the New York Rangers.[11] Later in the season, Voráček was named to the 2015 NHL All-Star Game in Columbus, Ohio.[12] In the Game, he tied the single All-Star Game record for most points scored with six, tying Mario Lemieux's record previously set in the 1988 Game.[13] Playing in all 82 regular season Philadelphia games, Voráček finished the year with 22 goals and 59 assists for a career-high 81 points, tying him for fourth in the NHL lead alongside Washington Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin.[14]

In July 2015, Voráček signed an eight-year, $66 million contract extension with the Flyers.[15] During the 2015–16 season Voráček experienced a slump in number production while also recording his 400th NHL point and playing in his 600th career NHL game. During the season, Voráček only recorded 11 goals, the lowest in his NHL career since his rookie year. He played in his 600th NHL game against the Florida Panthers on 4 April 2016.[16] Voráček concluded the regular season with 55 points overall. The Flyers qualified for the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs where they lost to the Washington Capitals in six games.[17] Voráček recorded 1 goal over the six games.

At the beginning of the 2017–18 season Voráček was on the Flyers top line with Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier.[18][19] Despite occasionally being moved to a different line,[20] he ended the regular season with a career high 85 points in 82 games. During his career year, Voráček became only the second Flyers player in franchise history, with the first being Joni Pitkanen, to score the tying goal in a game with less than two minutes left and score in overtime.[21] Voráček was also one of five Flyers players to end the regular season with 20 or more goals to help push the Flyers to the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs.[22]

Records[edit]

  • Tied for the most points in an All-Star Game with Mario Lemieux. (6 points).

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 HC Kladno Czech 1 0 0 0 0
2006–07 Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 59 23 63 86 26 12 7 17 24 6
2007–08 Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 53 33 68 101 42 15 5 13 18 14
2008–09 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 80 9 29 38 44 4 0 1 1 8
2009–10 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 81 16 34 50 26
2010–11 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 80 14 32 46 26
2011–12 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 78 18 31 49 32 11 2 8 10 8
2012–13 HC Lev Praha KHL 23 7 13 20 22
2012–13 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 48 22 24 46 35
2013–14 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 23 39 62 22 7 2 2 4 4
2014–15 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 22 59 81 78
2015–16 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 73 11 44 55 38 6 1 0 1 4
2016–17 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 20 41 61 56
2017–18 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 20 65 85 50
NHL totals 768 175 398 573 407 28 5 11 16 24

International[edit]

Tomáš Kaberle, Aleš Hemský and Jakub Voráček, 2014 Winter Olympics.jpg
Voráček (right) with other members of the Czech men's national ice hockey team.
Medal record
Representing  Czech Republic
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2010 Cologne
Bronze medal – third place 2011 Bratislava
IIHF U18 Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Halmstad
Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2006 Czech Republic WJC18 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 7 3 3 6 6
2007 Czech Republic WJC18 9th 4 1 2 3 2
2007 Czech Republic WJC 5th 6 1 2 3 4
2008 Czech Republic WJC 5th 6 0 6 6 4
2010 Czech Republic WC 1st, gold medalist(s) 9 0 2 2 6
2011 Czech Republic WC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 9 1 2 3 2
2013 Czech Republic WC 7th 8 1 6 7 2
2014 Czech Republic OG 6th 5 1 1 2 2
2016 Czech Republic WCH 6th 3 1 1 2 4
Junior totals 23 5 13 18 16
Senior totals 34 4 12 16 16

Awards and honours[edit]

Voráček played with the Halifax Mooseheads for his North American major junior career.
Award Year
NHL
NHL All-Star Game 2015
NHL First All-Star Team 2015
Czech
Golden Hockey Stick 2015
QMJHL
All-Rookie Team 2007
RDS Cup 2007
Michel Bergeron Trophy 2007
Second All-Star Team 2008
Philadelphia Flyers (NHL)
Bobby Clarke Trophy 2013, 2015
Gene Hart Memorial Award 2015
Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Trophy 2013
Yanick Dupre Memorial Class Guy Award 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Blue Jackets sign 2007 first round pick Voracek". Columbus Blue Jackets. 3 August 2007. Retrieved 23 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Blue Jackets vs. Stars – 10/10/2008 – Columbus Blue Jackets – Recap". Columbus Blue Jackets. 10 October 2008. Archived from the original on 5 June 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Flyers Acquire Voracek, 8th overall pick". Philadelphia Flyers. 23 June 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Flyers add (D) Lilja, Sign Voracek". Philadelphia Flyers. 1 July 2011. Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Jagr Lands in Philly". Philadelphia Flyers. 1 July 2011. Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "Jakub Voracek agrees to extension". ESPN.com. 26 July 2012. Retrieved 5 April 2018. 
  7. ^ Sarah Baicker (26 July 2012). "Flyers re-sign Jakub Voracek to four-year deal". CSNPhilly.com. Retrieved 26 July 2012. [permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Morreale, Mike G. (26 July 2012). "Flyers keep Jakub Voracek with four-year deal". NHL. Retrieved 28 May 2015. 
  9. ^ Chris Adamski (20 February 2013). "Voracek's hat trick lifts Flyers to 6–5 win". NHL.com. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  10. ^ Voracek, Stamkos, Bishop named NHL 'Three Stars'
  11. ^ Miller, Randy (22 December 2014). "WATCH: Jakub Voracek scores Flyers' second-fastest OT goal ever to beat Winnipeg Jets". NJ.com. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  12. ^ Kimelman, Adam (16 January 2015). "Flyers' Voracek excited for All-Star homecoming". NHL. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  13. ^ Basu, Arpon (25 January 2015). "Flyers' Voracek ties All-Star record with six points". NHL. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  14. ^ Cullen, Scott (11 May 2015). "Off-Season Game Plan: Philadelphia Flyers". TSN. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  15. ^ McCullen, Sean (30 July 2015). "Voracek agrees to multiyear extension with Flyers". NHL.com. Retrieved 5 April 2018. 
  16. ^ "Panthers clinch playoff berth; Blues, Blackhawks gain". NHL.com. 4 April 2016. Retrieved 5 April 2018. 
  17. ^ Kimelman, Adam (24 April 2016). "Capitals defeat Flyers to advance to second round". NHL.com. Retrieved 5 April 2018. 
  18. ^ Hagerman, Craig (1 November 2017). "Flyers 1st line secretly among NHL's elite". thescore.com. Retrieved 19 April 2018. 
  19. ^ O'Leary, Sean (11 April 2018). "Superstar showdown: How do the Penguins' and Flyers' cores stack up?". thescore.com. Retrieved 19 April 2018. 
  20. ^ Boruk, John (28 December 2017). "Is this the spark Nolan Patrick needs?". nbcsports.com. Retrieved 19 April 2018. 
  21. ^ Kimelman, Adam (20 February 2018). "Voracek propels Flyers to OT win against Canadiens". Retrieved 19 April 2018. 
  22. ^ Kimelman, Adam (8 April 2018). "Flyers will ride Giroux to Stanley Cup". NHL.com. Retrieved 19 April 2018. 

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Preceded by
Derick Brassard
Columbus Blue Jackets first round draft pick
2007
Succeeded by
Nikita Filatov
Preceded by
Claude Giroux
Claude Giroux
Winner of the Bobby Clarke Trophy
2013
2015
Succeeded by
Claude Giroux
Claude Giroux