August 15, 1989 |
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 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 August 15, 1989) is a Czech professional ice hockey right winger currently playing for the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted seventh overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
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 Blue Jackets on August 2, 2007.
Voráček made his NHL debut on October 10, 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 2008. He also had the lone assist on the first-ever playoff goal in Blue Jackets history, scored by R. J. Umberger.
On June 23, 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 July 26, 2012, paying $4.25 million annually. Upon signing, Voráček was expected to fill the gap left by Jaromír 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 February 20, 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 February 25, he was then named the NHL's First Star of the Week after scoring four goals and seven assists in four games played.
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 1998 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 League lead alongside Washington Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin.
- Tied for the most amount of 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||—||—||—||—||—|
|Competitor for 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. August 3, 2007. Retrieved June 23, 2011.
- "Blue Jackets vs. Stars – 10/10/2008 – Columbus Blue Jackets – Recap". Columbus Blue Jackets. October 10, 2008. Retrieved July 26, 2012.
- "Flyers Acquire Voracek, 8th overall pick". Philadelphia Flyers. June 23, 2011. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
- "Flyers add (D) Lilja, Sign Voracek". Philadelphia Flyers. July 1, 2011. Retrieved July 1, 2011.
- "Jagr Lands in Philly". Philadelphia Flyers. July 1, 2011. Retrieved July 1, 2011.
- Sarah Baicker (July 26, 2012). "Flyers re-sign Jakub Voracek to four-year deal". CSNPhilly.com. Retrieved July 26, 2012.
- Morreale, Mike G. (July 26, 2012). "Flyers keep Jakub Voracek with four-year deal". NHL. Retrieved May 28, 2015.
- Chris Adamski (February 20, 2013). "Voracek's hat trick lifts Flyers to 6–5 win". NHL.com. Retrieved February 20, 2013.
- Voracek, Stamkos, Bishop named NHL 'Three Stars'
- Miller, Randy (December 22, 2014). "WATCH: Jakub Voracek scores Flyers' second-fastest OT goal ever to beat Winnipeg Jets". NJ.com. Retrieved May 27, 2015.
- Kimelman, Adam (January 16, 2015). "Flyers' Voracek excited for All-Star homecoming". NHL. Retrieved May 27, 2015.
- Basu, Arpon (January 25, 2015). "Flyers' Voracek ties All-Star record with six points". NHL. Retrieved May 27, 2015.
- Cullen, Scott (May 11, 2015). "Off-Season Game Plan: Philadelphia Flyers". TSN. Retrieved May 27, 2015.
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|Columbus Blue Jackets first round draft pick
|Winner of the Bobby Clarke Trophy