Ondřej Pavelec

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Ondřej Pavelec
Ondrej Pavelec - Winnipeg Jets.jpg
Pavelec in October 2014
Born (1987-08-31) August 31, 1987 (age 27)
Kladno, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 216 lb (98 kg; 15 st 6 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team
Former teams
Winnipeg Jets
Atlanta Thrashers
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 41st overall, 2005
Atlanta Thrashers
Playing career 2007–present

Ondřej Pavelec (born August 31, 1987) is a Czech professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League (NHL). Drafted in the second round, 41st overall, by the Atlanta Thrashers, he has also played for HC Bílí Tygři Liberec in the Czech Extraliga during the 2012–13 NHL lockout.

Playing career[edit]

Junior[edit]

Pavelec playing with the 2006-07 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.
Pavelec during the 2011–12 season.

Pavelec was drafted in the first round of the 2005 CHL Import Draft by the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). He was also drafted by the NHL's Atlanta Thrashers in the second round, 41st overall, at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He played two seasons with the Screaming Eagles and helped them to a semi-final finish in the 2006–07 season.

Pavelec was a First Team All-Star in each of his two seasons with Cape Breton, and won the Jacques Plante Memorial Trophy for best goals against average (GAA) in both years, making him only the fourth player to repeat as Jacques Plante Trophy winner and the first in 20 years to do so (Robert Desjardins was the last). As a rookie, took home the Raymond Lagacé Trophy and RDS Trophy, awarded to top defensive rookie and rookie of the year, respectively. His numbers were remarkably consistent over the two seasons, as he recorded GAAs of 2.51 in 2005–06 and 2.52 in 2006–07, with save percentages of .929 and .908, respectively.

Professional[edit]

Pavelec signed a professional contract with the Atlanta Thrashers in 2007, joining their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Chicago Wolves. On May 18, 2007, Pavelec shut-out the Toronto Marlies 5–0 in the AHL's Western Conference Finals. Pavelec helped Wolves win the Calder Cup in the 2007–08 season.

After starting nine games for Chicago in the 2008–09 season, Pavelec was recalled to the NHL after Thrashers starter [Kari Lehtonen]] suffered an injury. Pavelec played his first NHL game on October 20, 2007, then made his first NHL start, and recorded his first NHL win, against the Tampa Bay Lightning on November 3, 2007. He was playing with Atlanta since being called up on November 1, 2008, until he was reassigned to the Wolves on December 19, 2008. He later returned to the Thrashers.

Due to the 2012–13 NHL lockout, Pavelec returned to his native Czech Republic, where he was expected to link up with Oceláři Třinec. However, he headed to Bílí Tygři Liberec instead, where he joined fellow NHLer Ladislav Šmíd.[1] During the 2014–15 season, Pavelec set a Winnipeg Jets franchise record by recording three shutouts in a row, going 187:05 without allowing a goal. He was instrumental in helping the team qualify for their first ever Stanley Cup playoffs since the franchise relocated from Atlanta to Winnipeg in 2011.

On-ice collapse[edit]

On October 8, 2010, Pavelec collapsed and lost consciousness during a game against the Washington Capitals while there was a break in play at 2:25 into the first period. He was taken off the ice on a stretcher and taken to the hospital. He regained consciousness while at the hospital and was in stable condition, and apparently was concerned about the score in the game, which the Thrashers won 4–2. It was determined after testing by doctors that the cause of his collapse was neurocardiogenic syncope, a type of fainting spell, and that he received a concussion and lost consciousness after his head hit the ice. He was released from the hospital on October 11, 2010.[2][3][4]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Competitor for  Czech Republic
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2010 Cologne
Bronze medal – third place 2011 Bratislava

Pavelec led the Czech Republic under-17 team to a second-place finish in the 2004 Junior World Cup, and the under-18 squad to a fourth-place finish at the U-18 World Junior Cup. He was also the starting goalie for the Czech Republic junior team at the 2006 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Vancouver, Kelowna and Kamloops, British Columbia.

Pavelec then played for the senior Czech team at the 2010 World Championships, helping capture a gold medal. He also competed in the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and Sochi, respectively. In between the two Olympic tournaments, he helped lead the Czechs to a bronze medal at the 2011 World Championships.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2005–06 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles QMJHL 47 28 17 2 2578 108 3 2.51 .929 9 4 5 506 19 0 2.25 .926
2006–07 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles QMJHL 43 28 11 0 2335 98 1 2.52 .908 16 11 5 970 37 2 2.29 .920
2007–08 Chicago Wolves AHL 52 33 16 3 3033 140 2 2.77 .911 24 16 8 1438 56 2 2.34 .921
2007–08 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 7 3 3 0 347 18 0 3.11 .905
2008–09 Chicago Wolves AHL 40 18 20 2 2417 104 3 2.58 .914
2008–09 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 12 3 7 0 599 36 0 3.61 .880
2009–10 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 42 14 18 7 2317 127 2 3.29 .906
2010–11 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 58 21 23 9 3225 147 4 2.73 .914
2010–11 Chicago Wolves AHL 1 0 1 0 58 3 0 3.10 .864
2011–12 Winnipeg Jets NHL 69 29 28 9 3932 191 4 2.91 .906
2012–13 HC Bílí Tygři Liberec CZE 14 4 10 0 772 45 0 3.50 .896
2012–13 Pelicans SM-l 6 2.68 .912
2012–13 Winnipeg Jets NHL 44 21 20 3 2553 119 0 2.80 .905
2013–14 Winnipeg Jets NHL 57 22 26 7 3248 163 1 3.01 .901
2014–15 Winnipeg Jets NHL 50 22 16 8 2838 108 5 2.28 .920 4 0 4 241 15 0 3.73 .891
NHL totals 338 135 141 43 19,060 909 16 2.86 .908 4 0 4 241 15 0 3.73 .891

International[edit]

Year Team Event   GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2007 Czech Republic WJC 5 2 3 0 275 15 0 3.28
2010 Czech Republic WC 1 0 1 0 59 3 0 3.05 .800
2011 Czech Republic WC 8 6 1 0 479 15 2 1.88 .939
2013 Czech Republic WC 5 2 2 0 297 7 0 1.42 .938
2014 Czech Republic OG 4 2 2 0 209 10 0 2.87 .888
2015 Czech Republic WC 8 5 3 0 517 17 1 1.97 .912

Awards and achievements[edit]

  • Jacques Plante Memorial Trophy (QMJHL's lowest GAA) - 2006, 2007
  • Raymond Lagacé Trophy (QMJHL's defensive rookie of the year) - 2006
  • RDS Cup (QMJHL's rookie of the year) - 2006
  • QMJHL First All-Star Team - 2006, 2007
  • QMJHL All-Rookie Team - 2006
  • AHL Calder Cup - 2007-2008 Chicago Wolves
  • October 2008 AHL Goalie of the Month
  • NHL 1st Star of the Week (Nov 22nd - Nov 28th, 2010)[5]
  • 2011 Georgia’s Own Credit Union Three Stars of the Year Award[6]
  • Winnipeg Jets 2012 McDiarmid Lumber Three Stars Award
  • NHL 1st Star of the Week (Mar 16th - Mar 22nd, 2015)[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Místo Třince by měl Pavelec chytat v Liberci. Kindl míří do Pardubic" (in Czech). idnes.cz. 20 September 2012. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Pavelec collapses during game". National Hockey League. 2010-10-11. Retrieved 2010-10-11. 
  3. ^ "Thrashers' Pavelec in Stable Condition in Atlanta Hospital". The Sporting News. October 2010. Retrieved October 8, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Ondrej Pavelec in stable condition". ESPN.com. October 2010. Retrieved October 8, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Thrashers' Pavelec earns first star honors". National Hockey League. 2010-11-28. Retrieved 2010-11-28. 
  6. ^ "Thrashers announce team award winners". Atlanta Thrashers. 2011-04-01. Retrieved 2011-04-01. 
  7. ^ "Pavelec, Turris, Bishop named 'Three Stars' of week". www.nhl.com. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 

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