Travis Konecny

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Travis Konecny
Born (1997-03-11) March 11, 1997 (age 22)
London, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 176 lb (80 kg; 12 st 8 lb)
Position Centre / Right Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team Philadelphia Flyers
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 24th overall, 2015
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career 2016–present

Travis Konecny (/kˈnɛkn/ koh-NEK-nee;[1] Czech pronunciation "kaw-necz-nee" born March 11, 1997) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Konecny was selected in the first round, 24th overall, by the Flyers in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Konecny was born in London, Ontario and grew up in Clachan, a small community in the township of West Elgin. He played youth hockey for the Chatham-Kent Cyclones before moving to the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs of the Minor Hockey Alliance of Ontario for his bantam and minor midget seasons. His minor midget coach Darren Kelly has said of him that, "When he was 10, we were in the Ontario finals in Oakville, and we were down 2–0 to the Toronto Marlies going into the third period ... Travis came out and scored four goals and an assist and we won 5–2. He was named the tournament MVP, and from that point on, his name was kind of on the radar." Konecny said at this point of his career that, "I feel I'm more of a playmaker and I try to win all my puck battles and races ... I find that an assist is just as good as a goal, and points don't matter to me as long as the team is winning."[2]

The first scouting report from the team that would draft him into the OHL after his amateur career said of him: "Top-end forward with great hockey sense as well as skill. Moves the puck well at all times and competes in all situations." The assistant general manager that filed the report stated that over Konecny's time between that first report and his drafting he filed about 15 reports and stated of his consistency that "he never changed from first on my list 'til the day we drafted him".[3] In his final season, Konecny had 53 goals and 61 assists in 54 games for the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs.[4]

Junior[edit]

Konecny was drafted first overall in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection by the 67's, winning the Jack Ferguson Award for first overall draft pick. After his first preseason training camp with the team he laughed that, "I took a few shots from the older guys, they were just letting me know I'm still a rookie ... I'm going to work hard and do whatever I can control and let things fall into place."[5] He earned two primary assists in his first OHL game on September 20, 2013, and became a draw for fans in his first month with the team.[6][7]

In October 2013 he was named the OHL Rookie of the Month, scoring four goals and five assists in eleven games over the month and remaining tied for OHL rookie scoring at the end of October.[8] That month the Ottawa Citizen wrote that in terms of top professional prospects, "Travis Konecny seems to be the next one-to-watch."[9] Konecny had a strong first year in the OHL, leading all rookies in points and goals. He was awarded the Emms Family Award for OHL rookie of the year[10] as well as being named to the OHL's first rookie all-star team.

At the start of the 2014–15 OHL season, Konecny was named captain of the 67's.[11] He finished the season with 68 points, good for second on the team in scoring. Konecny was drafted in the first round, 24th overall, by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. On July 16, 2015, Konecny signed a three-year entry level contract with the team.[12] In the following 2015–16 season, after producing 45 points in 29 games, Konecny was traded by the 67's in a blockbuster trade to the Sarnia Sting on January 7, 2016 for Sasha Chmelevski, Chase Campbell, and 10 draft picks, of which two are conditional.[13]

Professional[edit]

On the afternoon of October 10, 2016, Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall announced that Konecny had made the final roster for the 2016–17 season, effectively marking the beginning of Konecny's professional hockey career.[14] In his NHL debut on October 14, 2016, Konency notched two assists for his first multipoint game.[15][16] On October 25, 2016 Konecny scored his first NHL goal to help clinch a 3-4 win over the Buffalo Sabres.[17] At the conclusion of his rookie season, Konecny recorded 28 points in 70 games.

Konecny recorded his first career NHL playoff goal on April 13, 2018, in a 5–1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Round 1 of the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs.[18] The Flyers ended up losing the series to the Penguins in six games.

International play[edit]

Medal record
Representing  Canada
Ice hockey
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2017 Germany/France
IIHF World U18 Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Finland

Konecny made his international debut playing for Canada at the 2014 IIHF World U18 Championships. He went on to play at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, winning a gold medal as the team captain. Konecny was selected to represent Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championships in Finland, tallying 2 points.[19]

In 2017 Konecny represented Canada at the 2017 World Championship. Konecny recorded eight points, all assists, to go along with a +6 rating in his first World Championships.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Konecny is second cousins with Vancouver Canucks forward Bo Horvat.[21]

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 Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs AMHL 54 53 61 114
2013–14 Ottawa 67's OHL 63 26 44 70 18
2014–15 Ottawa 67's OHL 60 29 39 68 34 5 3 7 10 6
2015–16 Ottawa 67's OHL 29 7 38 45 6
2015–16 Sarnia Sting OHL 31 23 33 56 21 2 1 2 3 0
2016–17 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 70 11 17 28 49
2017–18 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 81 24 23 47 46 6 1 0 1 10
2018–19 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 24 25 49 40
NHL totals 233 59 65 124 135 6 1 0 1 10

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2014 Canada Ontario U17 5th 5 1 3 4 8
2014 Canada IH18 1st, gold medalist(s) 5 5 1 6 2
2014 Canada WJC18 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 7 4 1 5 2
2016 Canada WJC 6th 5 1 1 2 0
2017 Canada WC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 10 0 8 8 4
Junior totals 22 11 6 17 12
Senior totals 10 0 8 8 4

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
OHL
Emms Family AwardOHL Rookie of the Year 2013–14 [22]
First All-Rookie Team 2014
NHL
E.J. McGuire Award of Excellence 2015 [23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2015 National Hockey League Top Prospects Pronunciations.
  2. ^ Aeden Hemler (April 6, 2013). "High praise for Ottawa 67's #1 pick Travis Konecny". Ottawa Sun. Retrieved November 10, 2013.
  3. ^ Don Campbell (September 28, 2013). "Rookie Konecny delivers early". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved November 10, 2013.
  4. ^ "Capital Rebuild: Ottawa 67's take Travis Konecny with first pick in OHL draft". NHL.com. April 6, 2013.
  5. ^ Aeden Helmer (April 13, 2013). "OHL No. 1 pick Travis Konecny hits ice at Ottawa 67's rookie camp". Ottawa Sun. Retrieved November 10, 2013.
  6. ^ Don Campbell (October 24, 2013). "Monahan's gone, but 67's roll on". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved November 10, 2013.
  7. ^ Neate Sager (September 21, 2013). "Ottawa 67's Travis Konecny, OHL's No. 1 pick, is game's No. 1 star in debut". Retrieved November 10, 2013.
  8. ^ "OHL Top Performers of October". OHL. Retrieved November 10, 2013.
  9. ^ DARREN DESAULNIERS (October 13, 2013). "Nail-biting game as 67's beat the Wolves: 67's 5, Wolves 4 SO". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved November 10, 2013.
  10. ^ "Travis Konecny named OHL rookie of the year". Globe and Mail. April 3, 2014. Retrieved May 22, 2015.
  11. ^ Hofley, Chris (October 9, 2014). "Young star Konecny named Ottawa 67's captain". Ottawa Sun. Retrieved May 22, 2015.
  12. ^ Hughes, Travis (July 16, 2015). "Travis Konecny signed by Flyers to entry-level contract". Broad Street Hockey. SB Nation. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
  13. ^ Campbell, Don (January 7, 2016). "Travis Konecny 'blindsided' by trade from 67's". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  14. ^ Carchidi, Sam. "Travis Konecny, Ivan Provorov will make Flyers roster, Ron Hextall confirms". Philly.com. The Inquirer Daily News. Retrieved October 10, 2016.
  15. ^ "Travis Konecny makes the most of NHL debut with two assists". NBCSports.com.
  16. ^ "Sean Couturier scores two goals, Flyers defeat Kings". NHL.com. October 15, 2016.
  17. ^ Panaccio, Tim (October 26, 2016). "Flyers Notes: Travis Konecny sparks power play with 1st NHL goal". NBCSports.com. NBCSports.
  18. ^ Rosen, Dan (April 14, 2018). "Flyers stick with plan, respond in Game 2". NHL.com. Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  19. ^ "World Junior Championships Blog". NHL.com. January 5, 2016.
  20. ^ "WHC WRAP UP: Six Flyers win medals at World Championships". NHL.co. May 22, 2017.
  21. ^ Isaac, Dave (January 12, 2017). "Family reunion, new position for rookie Travis Konecny". Courier-Post. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  22. ^ "Travis Konecny named rookie of the year". Ontario Hockey League. April 15, 2014. Retrieved April 14, 2015.
  23. ^ Mike G. Morreale (June 17, 2015). "Flyers pick Konecny wins inaugural McGuire Award". NHL.com. Retrieved April 1, 2018.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Connor McDavid
Jack Ferguson Award
2013
Succeeded by
Jakob Chychrun
Preceded by
Connor McDavid
Winner of the Emms Family Award
2014
Succeeded by
Alex DeBrincat
Preceded by
Ivan Provorov
Philadelphia Flyers' first round draft pick
2015
Succeeded by
German Rubtsov