Jan Kovář[1] (born 20 March 1990) is Czech professional ice hockey forward who is currently playing for EV Zug of the National League (NL). He is the younger brother of Jakub Kovář.

Jan Kovář
Jan Kovář HC Škoda Plzeň original.jpg
Born (1990-03-20) 20 March 1990 (age 29)
Písek, Czechoslovakia
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 216 lb (98 kg; 15 st 6 lb)
Position Forward
Shoots Right
NL team
Former teams
EV Zug
HC Plzeň
Metallurg Magnitogorsk
Providence Bruins
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2008–present

Playing careerEdit

He made his professional debut with HC Plzeň in the Czech Extraliga during the 2008–09 season.[2] Before moving to Russia for the 2013–14 KHL season in signing for Metallurg Magnitogorsk and claiming the Gagarin Cup.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7] On 5 December, Kovář signed a one-month contract HC Plzeň of the Czech Extraliga (ELH).[8]

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.[9]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 HC Plzeň ELH 44 2 7 9 18 17 2 5 7 6
2008–09 HC Klatovy Czech.2 4 3 1 4 4
2009–10 HC Plzeň ELH 38 4 9 13 26 6 1 6 7 2
2009–10 KLH Chomutov Czech.1 2 2 0 2 2
2010–11 HC Plzeň ELH 50 19 19 38 38 4 0 2 2 4
2010–11 HC Slovan Ústečtí Lvi Czech.1 6 4 2 6 4
2011–12 HC Plzeň ELH 52 18 33 51 52 12 2 6 8 10
2011–12 Piráti Chomutov Czech.1 1 0 3 3 0
2012–13 HC Plzeň ELH 52 17 34 51 66 20 11 15 26 12
2013–14 Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHL 54 23 45 68 46 21 8 18 26 16
2014–15 Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHL 60 24 44 68 50 10 2 7 9 16
2015–16 Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHL 58 20 32 52 61 23 8 15 23 10
2016–17 Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHL 59 23 40 63 22 18 10 15 25 22
2017–18 Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHL 54 7 28 35 80 11 4 4 8 4
2018–19 Providence Bruins AHL 12 4 6 10 10
2018–19
HC Plzeň ELH 28 7 26 33 32 14 3 10 13 28
ELH totals 264 67 128 195 232 73 19 44 63 62
KHL totals 285 97 189 286 259 83 32 59 91 68

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2008 Czech Republic WJC18-D1 11th 5 1 7 8 2
2010 Czech Republic WJC 7th 6 3 3 6 2
2013 Czech Republic WC 7th 6 0 0 0 2
2014 Czech Republic WC 4th 10 0 1 1 27
2015 Czech Republic WC 4th 10 3 6 9 6
2016 Czech Republic WC 5th 8 1 3 4 4
2017 Czech Republic WC 7th 8 2 3 5 0
2018 Czech Republic OG 4th 6 3 2 5 2
2019 Czech Republic WC 4th 10 5 5 10 6
Junior totals 11 4 10 14 4
Senior totals 48 14 20 34 47

Awards and honorsEdit

Award Year
KHL
Gagarin Cup 2014, 2016 [10]
All-Star Game 2014, 2016
Golden Helmet Award
All-Star team
2016
Three Snipers Award
Most goal-scoring line
2014

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Jan Kovar player profile". HC Plzeň. 4 March 2013. Retrieved 4 March 2013.
  2. ^ "HC Plzen team roster". Eliteprospects.com. 4 March 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Kontinental Hockey League – Official Website – KHL.RU – official site – Players". Kontinental Hockey League. 9 May 2014. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  4. ^ Burns, Dan (24 February 2018). "Olympics-Ice hockey-Canadian men beat Czechs to claim bronze". Reuters. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Kovar agrees to terms on one-year contract". New York Islanders. 9 July 2018. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Isles waive Kovar, will terminate contract". TSN.com. 10 October 2018. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  7. ^ Mark Divver (18 October 2018). "Providence signs Jan Kovar to PTO". Twitter. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Jan Kovář podepsal s HC Škoda Plzeň měsíční smlouvu". hcskoda.cz (in Czech). 5 December 2018. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  9. ^ "Jan Kovar signs with EV Zug" (in German). EV Zug. 18 June 2019. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  10. ^ "Magnitogorsk wins 2nd Gagarin Cup in 3 years". rt.com. 19 April 2016. Retrieved 19 April 2016.

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