15 August 1989 |
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||214 lb (97 kg; 15 st 4 lb)|
Columbus Blue Jackets
HC Lev Praha
|National team||Czech Republic|
|NHL Draft||7th overall, 2007
Columbus Blue Jackets
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 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.
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. 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.
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. Days later, on July 1, Voráček signed a one-year contract with the Flyers, the same day his new team signed fellow Kladno native and long-time NHL star Jaromír Jágr to a one-year contract. 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. 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.
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. 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.
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. Later in the season, Voráček was named to the 2015 NHL All-Star Game in Columbus, Ohio. 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. 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.
In July 2015, Voráček signed an eight-year, $66 million contract extension with the Flyers. 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. 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. 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. Despite occasionally being moved to a different line, 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. 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.
- Tied for the most points in an All-Star Game with Mario Lemieux. (6 points).
Regular season and playoffs
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||HC Lev Praha||KHL||23||7||13||20||22||—||—||—||—||—|
Voráček (right) with other members of the Czech men's national ice hockey team.
|Representing Czech Republic|
|IIHF U18 Championships|
Awards and honours
|NHL All-Star Game||2015|
|NHL First All-Star Team||2015|
|Golden Hockey Stick||2015|
|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|
- "Blue Jackets sign 2007 first round pick Voracek". Columbus Blue Jackets. 3 August 2007. Retrieved 23 June 2011.
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- Chris Adamski (20 February 2013). "Voracek's hat trick lifts Flyers to 6–5 win". NHL.com. Retrieved 20 February 2013.
- Voracek, Stamkos, Bishop named NHL 'Three Stars'
- 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.
- Kimelman, Adam (16 January 2015). "Flyers' Voracek excited for All-Star homecoming". NHL. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
- Basu, Arpon (25 January 2015). "Flyers' Voracek ties All-Star record with six points". NHL. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
- Cullen, Scott (11 May 2015). "Off-Season Game Plan: Philadelphia Flyers". TSN. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
- McCullen, Sean (30 July 2015). "Voracek agrees to multiyear extension with Flyers". NHL.com. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
- "Panthers clinch playoff berth; Blues, Blackhawks gain". NHL.com. 4 April 2016. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
- Kimelman, Adam (24 April 2016). "Capitals defeat Flyers to advance to second round". NHL.com. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
- Hagerman, Craig (1 November 2017). "Flyers 1st line secretly among NHL's elite". thescore.com. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
- O'Leary, Sean (11 April 2018). "Superstar showdown: How do the Penguins' and Flyers' cores stack up?". thescore.com. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
- Boruk, John (28 December 2017). "Is this the spark Nolan Patrick needs?". nbcsports.com. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
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- Kimelman, Adam (8 April 2018). "Flyers will ride Giroux to Stanley Cup". NHL.com. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
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|Columbus Blue Jackets first round draft pick
|Winner of the Bobby Clarke Trophy