28 December 1992 |
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||203 lb (92 kg; 14 st 7 lb)|
|NHL team||Detroit Red Wings|
|NHL Draft||35th overall, 2011
Detroit Red Wings
Tomáš Jurčo (born 28 December 1992) is a Slovak professional ice hockey right winger for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL). He began playing hockey in the HC Košice before moving to North America in 2009 to play for the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). He spent three seasons with Saint John, helping them win the Memorial Cup as major junior champions of Canada in 2011. Jurčo was drafted in the second round, 35th overall, by the Red Wings in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
At the 2009 CHL Import Draft, Jurčo was selected fourth overall by the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). He joined the team that year, and was nominated for the 2009–10 QMJHL Rookie of the Year award. His skill set involves a unique set of hands and good sense of vision on the ice, and he was compared to his favorite player and fellow countryman, Marián Hossa. Jurčo's videos demonstrating his skills are popular on YouTube amongst many hockey fans. Jurčo was a key contributor in the Sea Dogs' Memorial Cup championship title in 2011, where Saint John defeated the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors 3–1 in the Final.
On 7 August 2012, Jurčo signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Red Wings. He was then assigned to the team's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, for the 2012–13 season. He recorded 14 goals and 14 assists in 74 games in his first professional season. Jurčo was among the team's leading scorers during the 2013 Calder Cup playoffs, recording eight goals and six assists to help lead the Griffins to the Calder Cup championship over the Syracuse Crunch.
Jurčo began the 2013–14 season with the Griffins before being called up to the Detroit Red Wings. At the time of his first call-up, Jurčo led the Griffins in goals (11), assists (16), points (27) and power play goals (5). On 15 December 2013, Jurčo made his NHL debut for the Red Wings in a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Two nights later, on 17 December, he scored his first career NHL goal against Jonas Hiller of the Anaheim Ducks.
On 24 July 2015, Jurčo signed a two-year contract extension with the Red Wings. On 17 November 2015, Jurčo was assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins on a conditioning assignment. Before being assigned to Grand Rapids, Jurčo appeared in four games for the Red Wings this season, recording one assist. On 20 November, Jurčo tied a franchise record with three power play goals, becoming just the third Griffin to accomplish the feat. Jurčo was named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the week ending 22 November. He posted a league-best seven points for the week, three goals and four assists, and helped lead the Griffins to three consecutive wins, tallying assists on all three game-winning goals. On 28 November, Jurčo was recalled by the Red Wings from his conditioning assignment. In five games for the Griffins, Jurčo recorded five goals and four assists, and helped lead the Griffins in winning all five games he appeared in.
Jurčo represented Slovakia at the 2011 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, scoring one point in six games. He again represented Slovakia at the 2012 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, where he was the leading scorer on the team, recording one goal and seven assists in five games.
Jurčo represented Slovakia at the 2015 IIHF World Championship, where he recorded one assist in five games. Jurčo represented Slovakia at the 2016 IIHF World Championship, where he recorded two goals and three assists in seven games.
Regular season and playoffs
|2009–10||Saint John Sea Dogs||QMJHL||64||26||25||51||24||21||7||10||17||8|
|2010–11||Saint John Sea Dogs||QMJHL||60||31||25||56||17||19||6||12||18||8|
|2011–12||Saint John Sea Dogs||QMJHL||48||30||38||68||37||16||13||16||29||12|
|2012–13||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||74||14||14||28||22||24||8||6||14||21|
|2013–14||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||32||13||19||32||14||8||5||2||7||11|
|2013–14||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||36||8||7||15||14||3||0||0||0||0|
|2014–15||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||63||3||15||18||14||7||1||1||2||2|
|2015–16||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||5||5||4||9||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|2015–16||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||44||4||2||6||16||—||—||—||—||—|
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- Roose, Bill (15 December 2013). "Abdelkader out; Jurco to make debut". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved 15 December 2013.
- Roose, Bill (17 December 2013). "Rookie Tomas Jurco nets first career NHL goal in his second game". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
- St. James, Helene (24 July 2015). "Tomas Jurco, Red Wings agree to two-year contract". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
- Kujawa, Kyle (17 November 2015). "Jurco goes on conditioning assignment". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
- "California Dreamin'". Grand Rapids Griffins. 20 November 2015. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
- "Jurco Named CCM/AHL Player of the Week". Grand Rapids Griffins. 23 November 2015. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
- Kujawa, Kyle (28 November 2015). "Red Wings recall Tomas Jurco from conditioning stint". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
- 2012 World Championship: Tomas Tatar, Slovakia hockeysfuture.com, 18 May 2012
- Nelson, Andrea (18 February 2014). "Olympics come to an end for Tatar, Jurco". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
- "Jurčova sestra Petra: Takto sme sa s Tomášom hrali na NHL ako malí šraci!". cas.sk (in Slovak). 19 December 2013. Archived from the original on 22 December 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2014.