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Ondřej Pavelec (Czech: [ˈondr̝ej ˈpavɛlɛts]; born 31 August 1987) is a former Czech professional ice hockey goaltender. Drafted in the second round, 41st overall, by the Atlanta Thrashers in 2005, he stayed with the team as they became the Winnipeg Jets in 2011, and played his final season with the New York Rangers. During the 2012–13 NHL lockout, Pavelec played for Bílí Tygři Liberec of the Czech Extraliga (ELH) and Pelicans of the Finnish SM-liiga.[citation needed]

Ondřej Pavelec
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Pavelec in April 2016
Born (1987-08-31) 31 August 1987 (age 31)
Kladno, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for Atlanta Thrashers
Winnipeg Jets
Bílí Tygři Liberec
Pelicans
New York Rangers
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 41st overall, 2005
Atlanta Thrashers
Playing career 2007–2018

Contents

Playing careerEdit

JuniorEdit

 
Pavelec playing with the 2006–07 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
 
Pavelec during the 2011–12 season

Pavelec was drafted in the first round of the 2005 CHL Import Draft by the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). He was also drafted by the NHL's Atlanta Thrashers in the second round, 41st overall, at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He played two seasons with the Screaming Eagles and helped them to a semi-final finish in the 2006–07 season.[citation needed]

Pavelec was a First Team All-Star in each of his two seasons with Cape Breton, and won the Jacques Plante Memorial Trophy for best goals against average (GAA) in both years, making him only the fourth player to repeat as Jacques Plante Trophy winner and the first in 20 years to do so (Robert Desjardins was the last). As a rookie, took home the Raymond Lagacé Trophy and RDS Trophy, awarded to top defensive rookie and rookie of the year, respectively. His numbers were remarkably consistent over the two seasons, as he recorded GAAs of 2.51 in 2005–06 and 2.52 in 2006–07, with save percentages of .929 and .908, respectively.[citation needed]

ProfessionalEdit

Pavelec signed a professional contract with the Atlanta Thrashers in 2007, joining their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Chicago Wolves. On 18 May 2007, Pavelec shut-out the Toronto Marlies 5–0 in the AHL's Western Conference Finals. Pavelec helped Wolves win the Calder Cup in the 2007–08 season.[citation needed]

After starting nine games for Chicago in the 2008–09 season, Pavelec was recalled to the NHL after Thrashers starter Kari Lehtonen suffered an injury. Pavelec played his first NHL game on 20 October 2007, then made his first NHL start, and recorded his first NHL win, against the Tampa Bay Lightning on 3 November 2007. He was playing with Atlanta since being called up on 1 November 2008, until he was reassigned to the Wolves on 19 December 2008. He later returned to the Thrashers.[citation needed]

Due to the 2012–13 NHL lockout, Pavelec returned to his native Czech Republic, where he was expected to join HC Oceláři Třinec. However, he signed with Bílí Tygři Liberec instead, where he joined fellow NHLer Ladislav Šmíd.[1] During the 2014–15 season, Pavelec set a Winnipeg Jets franchise record by recording three shutouts in a row, going 187:05 without allowing a goal. He was instrumental in helping the team qualify for their first ever Stanley Cup playoffs since the franchise relocated from Atlanta to Winnipeg in 2011.[citation needed]

Pavelec was placed on waivers by the Jets on 10 October 2016 and was subsequently sent down to the Manitoba Moose of the AHL. The Jets recalled Pavelec on 17 January 2017,[2] and he played his first game of the 2016–17 season on 18 January 2017.[3]

On 1 July 2017, having left the Thrashers/Jets as a free agent after ten professional seasons with the franchise, Pavelec signed a one-year, $1.3 million contract with the New York Rangers.[4]

On 20 September 2018, Pavelec announced his retirement after an 11-year career.[5][6]

On-ice collapseEdit

On 8 October 2010, Pavelec collapsed and lost consciousness during a game against the Washington Capitals while there was a break in play at 2:25 into the first period. He was taken off the ice on a stretcher and taken to the hospital.[citation needed]

He regained consciousness while at the hospital and was in stable condition, and apparently was concerned about the score in the game, which the Thrashers won 4–2. It was determined after testing by doctors that the cause of his collapse was neurocardiogenic syncope, a type of fainting spell, and that he received a concussion and lost consciousness after his head hit the ice. He was released from the hospital on 11 October 2010.[7][8][9]

International playEdit

 
Pavelec at the 2014 Winter Olympics
Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Representing   Czech Republic
World Championships
  2010 Cologne
  2011 Bratislava

Pavelec led the Czech Republic under-17 team to a second-place finish in the 2004 Junior World Cup, and the under-18 squad to a fourth-place finish at the U-18 World Junior Cup. He was also the starting goalie for the Czech Republic junior team at the 2006 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Vancouver, Kelowna and Kamloops, British Columbia.[citation needed]

Pavelec then played for the senior Czech team at the 2010 World Championships, helping capture a gold medal. He also competed in the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and Sochi, respectively. In between the two Olympic tournaments, he helped lead the Czechs to a bronze medal at the 2011 World Championships.[citation needed]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2005–06 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles QMJHL 47 28 17 2 2578 108 3 2.51 .929 9 4 5 506 19 0 2.25 .926
2006–07 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles QMJHL 43 28 11 0 2335 98 1 2.52 .908 16 11 5 970 37 2 2.29 .920
2007–08 Chicago Wolves AHL 52 33 16 3 3033 140 2 2.77 .911 24 16 8 1438 56 2 2.34 .921
2007–08 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 7 3 3 0 347 18 0 3.11 .905
2008–09 Chicago Wolves AHL 40 18 20 2 2417 104 3 2.58 .914
2008–09 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 12 3 7 0 599 36 0 3.61 .880
2009–10 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 42 14 18 7 2317 127 2 3.29 .906
2010–11 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 58 21 23 9 3225 147 4 2.73 .914
2010–11 Chicago Wolves AHL 1 0 1 0 58 3 0 3.10 .864
2011–12 Winnipeg Jets NHL 69 29 28 9 3932 191 4 2.91 .906
2012–13 Bílí Tygři Liberec CZE 14 4 10 0 772 45 0 3.50 .896
2012–13 Pelicans SM-l 6 2.68 .912
2012–13 Winnipeg Jets NHL 44 21 20 3 2553 119 0 2.80 .905
2013–14 Winnipeg Jets NHL 57 22 26 7 3248 163 1 3.01 .901
2014–15 Winnipeg Jets NHL 50 22 16 8 2838 108 5 2.28 .920 4 0 4 241 15 0 3.73 .891
2015–16 Winnipeg Jets NHL 33 13 13 4 1900 88 1 2.78 .904
2016–17 Manitoba Moose AHL 18 8 7 2 1059 49 0 2.78 .917
2016–17 Winnipeg Jets NHL 8 4 4 0 442 26 0 3.55 .888
2017–18 New York Rangers NHL 19 4 9 1 904 46 1 3.05 .910
NHL totals 398 156 167 48 22,303 1,069 18 2.88 .907 4 0 4 241 15 0 3.73 .891

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2007 Czech Republic WJC 5th 5 2 3 0 275 15 0 3.28
2010 Czech Republic WC   1 0 1 0 59 3 0 3.05 .800
2011 Czech Republic WC   8 6 1 0 479 15 2 1.88 .939
2013 Czech Republic WC 7th 5 2 2 0 297 7 0 1.42 .938
2014 Czech Republic OG 6th 4 2 2 0 209 10 0 2.87 .888
2015 Czech Republic WC 4th 8 5 3 0 517 17 1 1.97 .912

Awards and achievementsEdit

  • Jacques Plante Memorial Trophy (QMJHL's lowest GAA) – 2006, 2007
  • Raymond Lagacé Trophy (QMJHL's defensive rookie of the year) – 2006
  • RDS Cup (QMJHL's rookie of the year) – 2006
  • QMJHL First All-Star Team – 2006, 2007
  • QMJHL All-Rookie Team – 2006
  • AHL Calder Cup – 2007–2008 Chicago Wolves
  • October 2008 AHL Goalie of the Month
  • NHL 1st Star of the Week – 22–28 November 2010,[10] 16–22 March 2015[11]
  • 2011 Georgia's Own Credit Union Three Stars of the Year Award[12]
  • Winnipeg Jets 2012 McDiarmid Lumber Three Stars Award

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Místo Třince by měl Pavelec chytat v Liberci. Kindl míří do Pardubic" (in Czech). idnes.cz. 20 September 2012. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Winnipeg Jets recall Ondrej Pavelec, will start on Wednesday". Sportsnet.ca. 17 January 2017. Retrieved 19 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Pavelec lifts Jets past Coyotes 6–3 in season debut". ESPN. 19 January 2017. Retrieved 19 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Rangers agree to terms with Ondrej Pavelec". New York Rangers. 1 July 2017. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Former Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec retires from pro hockey". CBC. 20 September 2018. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  6. ^ Hobson, Russ (20 September 2018). "Former Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec retires". Global News. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Pavelec collapses during game". National Hockey League. 11 October 2010. Retrieved 11 October 2010.
  8. ^ "Thrashers' Pavelec in Stable Condition in Atlanta Hospital". The Sporting News. October 2010. Retrieved 8 October 2010.
  9. ^ "Ondrej Pavelec in stable condition". ESPN.com. October 2010. Retrieved 8 October 2010.
  10. ^ "Thrashers' Pavelec earns first star honors". National Hockey League. 28 November 2010. Retrieved 28 November 2010.
  11. ^ "Pavelec, Turris, Bishop named 'Three Stars' of week". www.nhl.com. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  12. ^ "Thrashers announce team award winners". Atlanta Thrashers. 1 April 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2011.

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