Radek Faksa

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Radek Faksa
Born (1994-01-09) 9 January 1994 (age 23)
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]

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
NHL totals 125 17 28 45 83 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

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