Alexander Salák (born January 5, 1987) is a Czech professional ice hockey goaltender. He is currently an unrestricted free agent who most recently played for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).[1]

Alexander Salák
Alexander Salák.jpg
Born (1987-01-05) January 5, 1987 (age 33)
Strakonice, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 196 lb (89 kg; 14 st 0 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
team
Former teams
Dinamo Riga
TPS Turku
Florida Panthers
Färjestad BK
SKA Saint Petersburg
Sibir Novosibirsk
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2004–present

Playing careerEdit

 
Salák with the Americans.

Czech RepublicEdit

Alexander Salák started his career in HC Pisek and moved to HC České Budějovice organization during the 2001/02 season.

Salák played from 2002 to 2006 for Budějovice, playing in the U18 and U20 Championship leagues. During the 2005/06 season, he played 2 games for HC Strakonice, a Czech Second National League-team. In the following season, Salák spent the entire season playing for HC Tábor at the same level.

FinlandEdit

Alexander Salák was contracted to Finland in 2006, when he played for Mestis team Jokipojat on the second highest level of ice hockey in Finland. For the next season he was contracted to SM-liiga side TPS. In TPS, Salák is coached by TPS Goaltending Coach, Urpo Ylönen who has coached top Finnish goalies like Miikka Kiprusoff, Fredrik Norrena and Antero Niittymäki in the past.

 
Salák with Sibir Novosibirsk.

National Hockey LeagueEdit

On May 29, 2009, Alexander Salák was signed by the Florida Panthers of the NHL. He was assigned to their AHL farm team, the Rochester Americans after training camp. He was recalled by the Panthers and made his NHL debut on October 9, 2009 in a relief role in a game against the Carolina Hurricanes. On August 13, 2010, Alexander Salák was loaned to Färjestad BK of the Swedish Elite League for the 2010-11 season.

On February 9, 2011, Salák was traded by the Panthers to the Chicago Blackhawks, along with forward Michael Frolík for Jack Skille, Hugh Jessiman, and David Pacan.[2] On May 31, 2011, Salák was signed by the Blackhawks to a two-year contract.[3] On June 18, 2012, the Blackhawks released Salák from his contract.[4]

Kontinental Hockey LeagueEdit

He made his Kontinental Hockey League debut playing with SKA Saint Petersburg during the 2013–14 KHL season.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Alexander Salak player profile". hokej.cz. May 4, 2016. Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved May 4, 2016.
  2. ^ Jahns, Adam L. (February 9, 2011). "Blackhawks trade Jack Skille for Michael Frolik". SunTimes.com. Archived from the original on February 13, 2011. Retrieved February 9, 2011.
  3. ^ "Blackhawks sign Salak, Froese and Gilbert". Chicago Blackhawks. May 31, 2011. Retrieved May 31, 2011.
  4. ^ "Blackhawks make roster moves". Chicago Blackhawks. Retrieved June 18, 2012.
  5. ^ "Alexander Salak player profile". Kontinental Hockey League. March 4, 2015. Retrieved March 4, 2015.

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