Kevin Fiala

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Kevin Fiala
Born (1996-07-22) 22 July 1996 (age 20)
Uzwil, Switzerland
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 187 lb (85 kg; 13 st 5 lb)
Position Winger
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Nashville Predators
HV71
National team   Switzerland
NHL Draft 11th overall, 2014
Nashville Predators
Playing career 2013–present

Kevin Fiala (born 22 July 1996) is a Swiss professional ice hockey winger currently playing with the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL). Fiala was selected by the Predators in the first round, 11th overall, of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He has previously played for HV71[1] of the Swedish Hockey League.

Playing career[edit]

Fiala played in various junior leagues in his native Switzerland prior to joining the Swedish club Malmö Redhawks for the 2012–13 season. His time was split between the U18 club in the J18 Elit and J18 Allsvenskan, and the U20 outfit in the J20 SuperElit. Fiala then joined HV71, with whom he debuted for during the 2013 European Trophy.[2] Throughout the 2013–14 season, Fiala split time with the HV71 junior team in the J20 SuperElit and the senior team, which plays in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). He was praised by Head Coach Ulf Dahlén for his play following his SHL debut, a 5–4 defeat to Linköpings HC.[3] Fiala was nominated for the SHL's Rookie of the Year award following the completion of his junior season, but lost to Toronto Maple Leafs' prospect Andreas Johnson.

After his selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft on 15 July 2014, Fiala was signed to a three-year, entry-level contract by the Nashville Predators.[4]

Fiala scored his first NHL goal on January 14, 2016, against Connor Hellebuyck of the Winnipeg Jets.[5]

International play[edit]

Fiala played in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in 2012 and 2013 as a member of the Swiss U18 national team. He also skated for his country at the 2014 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, where he was lauded as one of the key players on the Swiss roster.[6] In five WJC games, he recorded one goal and four assists, as Switzerland was eliminated by Canada in the quarter-finals. In May 2014, Fiala represented Switzerland at the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Belarus, registering two assists in seven games.[7] Fiala is just the third player in history to play in the Under-18, Under-20 and Men’s World Championships in the same year, the others being Andrei Kostitsyn and Vadim Karaga.[8]

Personal[edit]

Fiala is a native of St. Gallen, Switzerland, although his parents are both Czech.[9] His father, Jan, played professional hockey in the Swiss lower leagues.[8] Fiala speaks five languages: Czech, English, French, German and Swedish.[4]

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 Malmö Redhawks J20 33 9 19 28 28 3 0 0 0 2
2013–14 HV71 J20 27 10 15 25 40
2013–14 HV71 SHL 17 3 8 11 10 8 1 5 6 14
2014–15 HV71 SHL 20 5 9 14 14
2014–15 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 33 11 9 20 18
2014–15 Nashville Predators NHL 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
2015–16 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 66 18 32 50 78 3 0 0 0 2
2015–16 Nashville Predators NHL 5 1 0 1 0
SHL totals 37 8 17 25 24 8 1 5 6 14
NHL totals 6 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2012 Switzerland IH18 6th 4 3 0 3 2
2013 Switzerland IH18 6th 4 2 0 2 12
2014 Switzerland WJC18 7th 5 4 5 9 8
2014 Switzerland WJC 7th 5 1 4 5 6
2014 Switzerland WC 10th 7 0 2 2 2
2015 Switzerland WJC 9th 6 4 1 5 16
2015 Switzerland WC 8th 8 1 2 3 6
Junior totals 24 14 10 24 44
Senior totals 15 1 4 5 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kevin allein im Ausland - Eishockey - Live Eishockey und News bei sport.ch" (in German). Sport.ch.sportalsports.com. 2012-04-20. Retrieved 2014-01-14. 
  2. ^ "HV71 2013–14 player statistics". eliteprospects.com. 2014-04-15. Retrieved 2014-04-15. 
  3. ^ "Fiala hailed by Ulf Dahlen". expressen.se. 2013-09-29. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  4. ^ a b "Nashville Predators sign first round pick Fiala". Nashville Predators. 2014-07-15. Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  5. ^ "Nashville Predators at Winnipeg Jets". Nashville Predators. 2016-01-14. 
  6. ^ "Holiday hockey is best to watch prospects". freep.com. 2014-05-15. Retrieved 2014-05-15. 
  7. ^ "Kevin Fiala". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Campbell, Glenn (9 May 2014). "Kevin Fiala completes Swiss hockey trifecta". The Hockey News. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  9. ^ Manasso, John. "Predators' Fiala part of upward trend in Swiss talent". NHL Official Website. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Seth Jones
Nashville Predators first round draft pick
2014
Succeeded by
Dante Fabbro