Tomáš «Tuna» Tatar (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈtɔmaːʃ ˈtataɾ]; born 1 December 1990) is a Slovak professional ice hockey left winger who currently plays for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted 60th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, with whom he spent the first part of his NHL career.
Tatar with the Detroit Red Wings in 2014
1 December 1990|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||176 lb (80 kg; 12 st 8 lb)|
Detroit Red Wings
Vegas Golden Knights
60th overall, 2009|
Detroit Red Wings
During the 2007–08 season, Tatar saw time with Dukla Trenčín's U18 and U20 squads, finishing the season with a combined 50 goals and 39 assists in 46 games.
Detroit Red WingsEdit
Tatar was drafted 60th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He was also drafted 15th overall by SKA Saint Petersburg in the 2009 KHL Entry Draft. On 25 September 2009, Tatar signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Red Wings. After signing with Detroit, Tatar was assigned to their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins.
During the 2009–10 season, his first in North America, Tatar recorded 16 goals and 16 assists in 58 games with Grand Rapids in his rookie season.
During the 2010–11 season, in his second professional season, Tatar recorded 24 goals and 33 assists in 70 games with the Griffins.
During the 2011–12 season, Tatar was the leading scorer for the Griffins in his third professional season. Skating in all 76 games for the Griffins, he scored 24 goals and 34 assists, however the Griffins failed to make the Calder Cup playoffs, finishing fourth in the North Division.
During the 2012–13 season, Tatar played for three teams. Due to the 2012–13 NHL lockout, he started the season with the ŠHK 37 Piešťany in Slovakia, where he played eight games and recorded five goals and five assists. Following the lockout, Tatar played in 18 games for the Red Wings, recording four goals and three assists. He then ended the season with Grand Rapids, where he won the Calder Cup as the AHL champions. Tatar was the leading scorer for the Griffins during the playoffs, scoring 16 goals and five assists in 24 games, and was awarded the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy for Most Valuable Player in the 2013 playoffs.
During the 2013–14 season, in his first full NHL season, Tatar finished the season with 39 points, ranking second on the team in goals with 19.
On 28 July 2014, the Red Wings signed Tatar to a three-year, $8.25 million contract extension.
Tatar was named the Second Star of the Week for the week ending 24 November 2014. He tied for second in the NHL with four goals and one assist, including two game-winning goals, to lead the Red Wings to two victories in three games. He was also named the Second Star of the Week for the week ending 19 January 2015; he tied for first in the League with five goals and two assists, scoring in four straight games, to lead the Red Wings to four-straight victories.
On 21 July 2017, the Red Wings signed Tatar to a four-year, $21.2 million contract extension.
Vegas Golden KnightsEdit
On 26 February 2018, Tatar was traded to the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for a first-round pick in 2018, a second-round pick in 2019 and a third-round pick in 2021. During the 2018 playoffs, Tatar played in eight games, tallying one goal and one assist.
|Representing Team Europe|
|Canada Cup / World Cup|
Tatar represented Slovakia at the 2009 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, where he was the team's leading-scorer, and finished tied for fourth in tournament scoring, recording seven goals and four assists in seven games. Tatar again represented Slovakia at the 2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, where he scored three goals and two assists in six games. That same year, he also represented the senior Slovak team at the 2010 IIHF World Championship, scoring two goals in six games.
Tatar also played for Slovakia at the 2012 IIHF World Championship, where he was the youngest player on the roster. He skated in all ten games for the silver medal-winning Slovakia at the World Championships, finishing with two goals and three assists. Slovakia finished second to Russia after defeating the Czech Republic in the semifinals.
Tatar was then selected to play for Slovakia at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, where he finished the tournament as the squad's second-leading scorer, with one goal and one assist. Tatar also represented Slovakia later that year at the 2014 IIHF World Championship, where he was the team's second-leading scorer, recording four goals and four assists in seven games.
Tatar represented Slovakia at the 2015 IIHF World Championship, where he recorded two assists in six games.
Tatar represented Team Europe at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, where he was the team's leading goal scorer, recording three goals in six games, including an overtime goal against Sweden in the semifinal and won a silver medal.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2009–10||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||58||16||16||32||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||70||24||33||57||45||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||9||1||0||1||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||76||24||34||58||45||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||ŠHK 37 Piešťany||SVK||8||5||5||10||10||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||61||23||26||49||50||24||16||5||21||23|
|2012–13||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||18||4||3||7||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013–14||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||73||19||20||39||30||5||0||0||0||10|
|2014–15||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||82||29||27||56||28||7||3||1||4||2|
|2015–16||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||81||21||24||45||24||5||0||3||3||2|
|2016–17||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||82||25||21||46||26||—||—||—||—||—|
|2017–18||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||62||16||12||28||24||—||—||—||—||—|
|2017–18||Vegas Golden Knights||NHL||20||4||2||6||10||8||1||1||2||2|
- "Tomas Tatar". Hockey's Future. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
- Pleiness, Chuck (31 December 2010). "Eaves out of tonight's Red Wings game after injury". Royal Oak Daily Tribune. Retrieved 31 December 2010.
- Tatar signed to 3-year entry level deal NHL.com, 25 September 2009
- "Tomas Tatar". eurohockey.net. Retrieved 2 February 2009.
- "Calder Cup for duet of Slovaks". Retrieved 19 June 2013.
- Kujawa, Kyle (28 July 2014). "Wings agree to terms with Tatar on three-year deal". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
- "Hansen, Tatar and Benn named stars of the week". NHL. 24 November 2014. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
- "Byfuglien, Tatar and Okposo named stars of the week". NHL. 19 January 2015. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
- Kujawa, Kyle (21 July 2017). "Red Wings and Tatar agree to four-year-deal". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
- "Vegas Golden Knights Acquire Tomas Tatar From The Detroit Red Wings". NHL.com. 26 February 2018. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
- "Golden Knights Acquire Max Pacioretty From The Montreal Canadiens". NHL.com. 10 September 2018. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
- "Silver for Tatar". Grand Rapids Griffins. 21 May 2012. Retrieved 21 May 2012.
- Nelson, Andrea (18 February 2014). "Olympics come to an end for Tatar, Jurco". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
- St. James, Helene (25 September 2016). "Wings' Tatar scores clutch goal; Team Europe reaches World Cup final". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 25 September 2016.