Radek Faksa

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Radek Faksa
Born (1994-01-09) 9 January 1994 (age 24)
Opava, Czech Republic
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 213 lb (97 kg; 15 st 3 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
NHL team Dallas Stars
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 13th overall, 2012
Dallas Stars
Playing career 2013–present

Radek Faksa (born 9 January 1994) is a Czech professional ice hockey centre[1] currently playing for the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League (NHL). In his rookie season in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), he was the League's leading rookie scorer whilst playing for the Kitchener Rangers.[2] Faksa was drafted 13th overall by the Dallas Stars in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Amateur[edit]

Faksa began his ice hockey career in his birth city of Opava, although at age 11, his single mother was struggling to fund his hockey career. Faksa and his family received an offer from HC Oceláři Třinec for Faksa to play in Třinec's system, whereupon the Faksas accepted the offer; Faksa moved alone to Třinec, where he lived by himself in a hotel paid for by his team until the age of 17.

Faksa was drafted 22nd in the CHL Import draft by the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).

In his first season with the Rangers, in 2011–12, Faksa primarily played on the team's second line, scoring 29 goals and 37 assists for 66 points in 62 games in his first season of North American hockey. Faksa's draft stock rose throughout the season and he solidified himself as a top prospect, ranking fourth on the NHL Central Scouting Bureau's midterm ranking of North American skaters.[3] He was then selected to participate in the 2012 CHL Top Prospects Game, where he won the “Showdown Breakaway Challenge” in the Top Prospects Skills Competition.[4] Faksa finished the season as the rookie leading scorer in the OHL, also finishing second in voting for the Emms Family Award, awarded annually to the OHL's top first-year player; the Award ultimately went to 15-year-old defenceman Aaron Ekblad.[2]

On 22 June 2012, Faksa was drafted 13th overall by the Dallas Stars in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He was the first Czech taken in the first round of an NHL Entry Draft since Jakub Voráček's selection in 2007. In addition, Faksa was drafted seventh overall by the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL)'s Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk in the 2012 KHL Junior Draft.

On 10 January 2014, Faksa was traded by Kitchener to the Sudbury Wolves in exchange for fellow Czech Dominik Kubalík and two second-round draft picks.[5]

Professional[edit]

On 6 July 2012, Faksa signed an entry-level contract with Dallas.[6] Upon completing his junior career with Sudbury, on 3 April 2014, Faksa was reassigned by the Stars to their AHL affiliate, the Texas Stars.[7]

Faksa scored his first NHL goal on 6 November 2015 in a victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.[8]

On 28 November 2017, Faksa tallied a natural hat trick in the second period, scoring the only goals in the Stars' shutout of the Vegas Golden Knights.[9] It was the first hat trick of his NHL career as well as the first scored in T-Mobile Arena and the first time the Golden Knights were shut out at home.

The following game, on 30 November in Chicago, Faksa was hooked by Patrick Kane on a shorthanded breakaway and awarded his first career penalty shot, which he scored on to give the Stars a 2-1 lead in the first period. Faksa notched an assist in the second period on a pass to Remi Elie, and the Stars went on to beat the Blackhawks 4-3 behind an overtime goal by Mattias Janmark.[10]

International play[edit]

Faksa competed for the Czech Republic at the 2011 IIHF World U18 Championships, the 2012 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, the 2013 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, and the 2016 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10 HC Oceláři Třinec Czech U20 36 19 19 38 52
2010–11 HC Oceláři Třinec Czech U20 24 9 6 15 12 2 2 2 4 4
2011–12 Kitchener Rangers OHL 62 29 37 66 47 13 2 4 6 10
2012–13 Kitchener Rangers OHL 39 9 22 31 26 10 4 2 6 4
2012–13 Texas Stars AHL 2 0 1 1 0
2013–14 Kitchener Rangers OHL 30 16 11 27 22
2013–14 Sudbury Wolves OHL 29 5 16 21 26 5 1 2 3 10
2013–14 Texas Stars AHL 6 1 2 3 6 21 4 0 4 8
2014–15 Texas Stars AHL 32 4 6 10 12
2015–16 Texas Stars AHL 28 15 11 26 22
2015–16 Dallas Stars NHL 45 5 7 12 16 13 3 2 5 2
2016–17 Dallas Stars NHL 80 12 21 33 67
2017–18 Dallas Stars NHL 79 17 16 33 36
NHL totals 204 34 44 78 119 13 3 2 5 2

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2011 Czech Republic WJC18 8th 6 0 0 0 2
2012 Czech Republic WJC 5th 6 2 0 2 4
2013 Czech Republic WJC 5th 6 0 2 2 2
2014 Czech Republic WJC 6th 5 1 0 1 2
2016 Czech Republic WC 5th 3 0 0 0 0
2016 Czech Republic WCH 6th 1 0 0 0 0
Junior totals 23 3 2 5 10
Senior totals 4 0 0 0 0

Awards and achievements[edit]

Awards Year
AHL
Calder Cup (Texas Stars) 2014 [11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Radek Faksa drafted by the Dallas Stars". aktualne.cz. 2013-07-02. Retrieved 2013-07-02.
  2. ^ a b First-year success - The Whig Standard - Ontario, CA
  3. ^ Faksa showing game translates easily to North America - NHL.com - 2012 NHL Draft
  4. ^ NHL.com - Skills competition winners - NHL.com - 2012 NHL Draft
  5. ^ "Dallas Stars Prospect Update: Radek Faksa, Gemel Smith Traded Within The OHL".
  6. ^ "Faksa Signs Deal with the Stars". The Record.
  7. ^ "Dallas Stars Reassign Forward Radek Faksa To Texas Stars". Dallas Stars.
  8. ^ "Radek Faksa scores first goal of his NHL career Friday; Roussel misses game with injury". Dallas News. Retrieved 2017-03-18.
  9. ^ "Radek Faksa tallies first career hat trick for Dallas Stars". FanRag Sports. Retrieved 2017-11-28.
  10. ^ "Janmark scores twice as Stars beat Blackhawks 4-3 in OT". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
  11. ^ "Dallas Stars' affiliate wins AHL Calder Cup". Dallas Stars. 2014-06-18. Retrieved 2014-06-18.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jamie Oleksiak
Dallas Stars first round draft pick
2012
Succeeded by
Valeri Nichushkin