20 March 1990|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||216 lb (98 kg; 15 st 6 lb)|
|National team||Czech Republic|
He made his professional debut with HC Plzeň in the Czech Extraliga during the 2008–09 season. Before moving to Russia for the 2013–14 KHL season in signing for Metallurg Magnitogorsk and claiming the Gagarin Cup. Playing within the Czech national team he advanced to the semi finals before being knocked out. In the bronze medal playoff he scored against Canada but the team was unable to win.
As an undrafted free agent after five seasons in the KHL with Magnitorogsk, Kovář signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the New York Islanders, his first team in the NHL on 9 July 2018. On 10 October, after failing to make the team following training camp he was placed on unconditional waivers by the Islanders with the intent of terminating his contract due to facing limited opportunities to continue his adaptation to the North American style if he reported to the AHL with affiliate, Bridgeport Sound Tigers. With the intention to continue his career in North America, Kovář secured a professional try-out contract with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League (AHL) on 18 October. On 5 December, Kovář signed a one-month contract HC Plzeň of the Czech Extraliga (ELH).
After playing out the season in the ELH, Kovář left in the off-season, securing a one-year contract with Swiss club, EV Zug of the NL on 18 June 2019. His contract included an NHL out-clause through to June 25.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2010–11||HC Slovan Ústečtí Lvi||Czech.1||—||—||—||—||—||6||4||2||6||4|
Awards and honorsEdit
|Gagarin Cup||2014, 2016|||
|All-Star Game||2014, 2016|
|Golden Helmet Award
|Three Snipers Award
Most goal-scoring line
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- "Jan Kovar signs with EV Zug" (in German). EV Zug. 18 June 2019. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
- "Magnitogorsk wins 2nd Gagarin Cup in 3 years". rt.com. 19 April 2016. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Eurohockey.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
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