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Libor Šulák (born 4 March 1994) is a Czech professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for Severstal Cherepovets of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He has formerly played in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Detroit Red Wings.

Libor Šulák
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Born (1994-03-04) 4 March 1994 (age 25)
Pelhřimov, Czech Republic
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 207 lb (94 kg; 14 st 11 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
KHL team
Former teams
Severstal Cherepovets
Piráti Chomutov
Orli Znojmo
Lahti Pelicans
Detroit Red Wings
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2013–present

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Playing careerEdit

Šulák made his Czech Extraliga debut playing with Piráti Chomutov during the 2013–14 season.[1]

During the 2015–16 season playing with Orli Znojmo, Šulák recorded six goals and 12 assists in 52 games, and was named the league's rookie of the year.[2] In the following 2016–17 season with Orli Znojmo, Šulák placed fourth on the team with 10 goals and 18 assists, and a team-best plus-19 rating in 54 games.[2]

After two productive years with Znojmo, Šulák was initially signed to a two-year contract with Finnish club, Lahti Pelicans of the Liiga on 13 April 2017.[3] However, on 24 May 2017, Šulák was mutually released from his contract using an NHL out-clause in signing to a two-year, entry-level contract with the Detroit Red Wings.[2]

Šulák competed in the ensuing Red Wings training camp and pre-season in preparation for the 2017–18 season. On 2 October 2017, Šulák was re-assigned on loan to Finland by the Red Wings, joining his previously arranged club, the Lahti Pelicans.[4] During the 2017–18 season, he recorded nine goals and 23 assists, and led all defensemen in scoring with a career-high 32 points. After the completion of the Liiga season, Šulák was reassigned to the Red Wings' AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins on 23 March 2018.[5]

Šulák made his NHL debut with the Detroit Red Wings to open the 2018–19 season on 4 October 2018.[6] He was scoreless in the Red Wings first 6 games of the season before he was re-assigned to the Griffins of the AHL on 16 October 2019. Šulák remained in the AHL for the remainder of the year, posting 5 goals and 14 points in 61 regular season games.

As an impending restricted free agent to the Red Wings, Šulák opted to return to Europe and continue his career in the KHL, securing a contract with Russian club, Severstal Cherepovets, on 4 June 2019.[7]

International playEdit

Šulák represented the Czech Republic at the 2012 IIHF World U18 Championships, where he recorded three assists in six games. Šulák represented Czech Republic at the 2014 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, where he recorded no points in five games.[2]

Šulák represented the Czech Republic at the 2017 IIHF World Championship, where he recorded one assist in two games.[2]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2011–12 Tatranski Vlci MHL 50 6 5 11 73
2012–13 SK Kadaň Czech.1 2 0 0 0 2
2013–14 Piráti Chomutov ELH 32 2 2 4 14
2013–14 SK Kadaň Czech.1 1 0 0 0 0
2014–15 Piráti Chomutov Czech.1 29 1 5 6 12 22 4 3 7 14
2014–15 SK Kadaň Czech.1 9 2 3 5 10
2015–16 Orli Znojmo EBEL 52 6 12 18 14 18 2 4 6 16
2016–17 Orli Znojmo EBEL 54 10 18 28 41 4 3 0 3 2
2017–18 Lahti Pelicans Liiga 42 9 23 32 66 3 0 0 0 4
2017–18 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 2 0 2 2 0
2018–19 Detroit Red Wings NHL 6 0 0 0 6
2018–19 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 61 5 9 14 42 4 0 2 2 4
ELH totals 32 2 2 4 14
Liiga totals 42 9 23 32 66 3 0 0 0 4
NHL totals 6 0 0 0 6

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2012 Czech Republic WJC18 8th 6 0 3 3 4
2014 Czech Republic WJC 6th 5 0 0 0 4
2017 Czech Republic WC 7th 2 0 1 1 0
Junior totals 11 0 3 3 8
Senior totals 2 0 1 1 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "KLH Chomutov 2013–14 player statistics". eliteprospects.com. 5 April 2014. Retrieved 5 April 2014. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ a b c d e Kujawa, Kyle (24 May 2017). "Red Wings sign free agent Defenseman Libor Sulak". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved 24 May 2017. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ "Czech Libor Sulak to strengthen blueline". Lahti Pelicans. 13 April 2017. Retrieved 13 April 2017. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ "Detroit reduces roster". Detroit Red Wings. 2 October 2017. Retrieved 2 October 2017. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  5. ^ "Libor Sulak Reassigned to Griffins". Grand Rapids Griffins. 23 March 2018. Retrieved 23 March 2018. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  6. ^ Wakiji, Dana; Regner, Art (4 October 2018). "Five rookies set to make NHL debut for Wings tonight". NHL.com. Retrieved 4 October 2018. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  7. ^ "Severstal add to the defense" (in Russian). Severstal Cherepovets. 4 June 2019. Retrieved 4 June 2019. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)

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