Dominik Kubalík

Dominik Kubalík (born 21 August 1995) is a Czech professional ice hockey player for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected in the seventh round (191st overall) by the Los Angeles Kings during the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Dominik Kubalík
Born (1995-08-21) 21 August 1995 (age 26)
Plzeň, Czech Republic
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 179 lb (81 kg; 12 st 11 lb)
Position Left wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Chicago Blackhawks
HC Plzeň
HC Ambrì-Piotta
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 191st overall, 2013
Los Angeles Kings
Playing career 2012–present

Playing careerEdit

ProfessionalEdit

Kubalík made his Czech Extraliga debut playing with HC Plzeň during the 2011–12 Czech Extraliga season.[1] He recorded 17 points in 24 games.

Kubalík spent the 2012–13 season with the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). After scoring 34 points in 67 games, he was selected in the seventh round (191st overall) by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Kubalík returned to the Wolves for the 2013–14 season. On 10 January 2014, Kubalík (along with two second-round draft picks) was traded to the Kitchener Rangers in exchange for Radek Faksa.[2]

On 8 April 2014, Kubalík returned to HC Plzeň.[3]

On 25 August 2017, Kubalík signed a three-year contract with HC Ambrì-Piotta of the National League (NL).[4] He split the 2017–18 season between HC Ambrì-Piotta and HC Plzeň (while on loan).

On 24 January 2019, Kubalík's NHL rights were traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a 2019 fifth-round pick.[5] He finished the 2018–19 season with 57 points in 50 games, and was named the Switzerland Hockey National League's most valuable player.[6]

On 29 May 2019, the Blackhawks signed Kubalík to a one-year, $925,000 contract.[7]

On 10 October 2019, Kubalík scored his first career NHL goal in a 5–4 loss to the San Jose Sharks.[8] On 27 February 2020, Kubalík recorded his first career NHL hat-trick in a 5–2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. All 3 of Kubalík's goals came in the third period.[9] He finished the regular season with 30 goals and 16 assists for 46 points in 68 games. On 15 July 2020, Kubalík was named a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy (alongside Quinn Hughes and Cale Makar), which is awarded to the league's best first-year player.[10]

The Blackhawks met the Edmonton Oilers in the 2020 Qualifying Round.[11] In Game 1 of the series, Kubalík recorded 2 goals and 3 assists in a 6–4 win. His 5 points were the most scored in an NHL postseason debut in league history.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

Kubalík's older brother, Tomáš, was a fifth-round draft pick by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, and played 12 games for the organization. He currently plays for HC Vítkovice Ridera in the Czech Extraliga.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2011–12 HC Plzeň Czech.20 24 11 6 17 22 2 1 2 3 0
2011–12 HC Plzeň ELH 8 1 0 1 0
2012–13 Sudbury Wolves OHL 67 17 17 34 25 9 3 3 6 4
2013–14 Sudbury Wolves OHL 36 13 10 23 35
2013–14 Kitchener Rangers OHL 23 5 1 6 11
2014–15 HC Plzeň Czech.20 16 18 9 27 14 4 3 2 5 2
2014–15 HC Plzeň ELH 35 3 4 7 35 4 1 1 2 2
2014–15 BK Havlíčkův Brod Czech.1 4 1 1 2 4
2014–15 SHC Klatovy Czech.2 2 1 0 1 0
2015–16 HC Plzeň ELH 48 25 15 40 20 11 1 3 4 8
2016–17 HC Plzeň ELH 51 29 19 48 22 11 3 2 5 2
2017–18 HC Ambrì-Piotta NL 25 10 17 27 39
2017–18 HC Plzeň ELH 20 16 8 24 2
2018–19 HC Ambrì-Piotta NL 50 25 32 57 18 5 1 5 6 6
2019–20 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 68 30 16 46 16 9 4 4 8 4
2020–21 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 56 17 21 38 18
ELH totals 162 74 46 120 79 26 5 6 11 12
NL totals 75 35 49 84 57 5 1 5 6 6
NHL totals 124 47 37 84 34 9 4 4 8 4

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2013 Czech Republic U18 7th 5 0 5 5 14
2015 Czech Republic WJC 6th 5 1 0 1 0
2018 Czech Republic OG 4th 5 2 0 2 2
2018 Czech Republic WC 7th 8 3 5 8 0
2019 Czech Republic WC 4th 10 6 6 12 0
2021 Czech Republic WC 7th 7 3 3 6 0
Junior totals 10 1 5 6 14
Senior totals 30 14 14 28 2

Awards and honorsEdit

Award Year Ref
NL
PostFinance Top Scorer 2019
NHL
All-Rookie Team 2020

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "HC Plzen". Elite Prospects.
  2. ^ "Dallas Stars Prospect Update: Radek Faksa, Gemel Smith Traded Within The OHL".
  3. ^ "Dosavadní vývoj hráčského kádru". HC Škoda Plzeň. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  4. ^ Ambrì-Piotta, HC (25 August 2017). "HC Ambrì-Piotta confirms signing of Dominik Kubalik".
  5. ^ "Blackhawks acquire Dominik Kubalik". Chicago Blackhawks. 24 January 2019. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Dominik Kubalík elected "MVP" of the 2018-19 regular season". Swiss Hockey News. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  7. ^ "RELEASE: Blackhawks agree to terms with Kubalik". Chicago Blackhawks. 29 May 2019. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  8. ^ Roumeliotis, Charlie. "Instant reaction: Sharks overcome four deficits as Blackhawks drop home opener". NBC Sports Chicago. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  9. ^ "Hat Trick For Kubalik As Blackhawks Rally Past Tampa Bay Lightning". CBS Chicago. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  10. ^ Satriano, David. "Calder Trophy finalists announced". National Hockey League. Retrieved 15 July 2020.
  11. ^ Seravalli, Frank. "NHL outlines 24-team return-to-play format, June 26 Draft Lottery". TSN.ca. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  12. ^ Morreale, Mike G. "Blackhawks defeat Oilers in Game 1 of Cup Qualifiers". National Hockey League. Retrieved 1 August 2020.

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