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Vítek Vaněček (born 9 January 1996) is a Czech professional ice hockey goaltender who currently plays for the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) as a prospect for the Washington Capitals in the National Hockey League (NHL)

Vítek Vaněček
Vítek Vaněček 2019.jpg
Born (1996-01-09) 9 January 1996 (age 23)
Havlíčkův Brod, Czech Republic
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 181 lb (82 kg; 12 st 13 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Former teams
Washington Capitals
Hershey Bears (AHL)
HC Bílí Tygři Liberec
NHL Draft 39th overall, 2014
Washington Capitals
Playing career 2014–present

Playing careerEdit

Vaněček originally played as youth within HC Havlíčkův Brod through to the under-18 level before joining the ranks of HC Bílí Tygři Liberec in 2013.

Vaněček was picked 39th overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft by the Washington Capitals.[1] On 15 July 2014, he was signed to a three-year entry-level contract with the Capitals.[2]

In the 2014–15 season, he played two games with the HC Bílí Tygři Liberec of the Czech Extraliga and spent much of the rest of the season with HC Benátky nad Jizerou of the 1st Czech Republic Hockey League.[3]

Vaněček continued his career the following season in North America, splitting time between playing for the South Carolina Stingrays and the Hershey Bears, affiliates to the Capitals.[4] Following a successful 2015–16 season with the Stingrays, he was selected to the ECHL All-Rookie Team.[5]

International playEdit

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2013–14 HC Bílí Tygři Liberec Czech.20 38 21 17 0 2156 95 2 2.64 .921 4 1 3 213 15 0 4.23 .899
2014–15 HC Benátky nad Jizerou Czech.1 20 10 10 0 1178 44 0 2.24 .925 5 2 3 282 13 0 2.77 .902
2014–15 HC Bílí Tygři Liberec Czech.20 4 3 1 0 240 12 1 3.00 .919
2014–15 HC Bílí Tygři Liberec ELH 2 0 2 0 120 3 0 1.50 .943
2015–16 South Carolina Stingrays ECHL 32 18 7 6 1867 63 4 2.03 .917 11 6 2 624 24 1 2.31 .914
2015–16 Hershey Bears AHL 1 1 0 0 65 1 0 0.92 .962
2016–17 Hershey Bears AHL 39 18 10 7 2147 91 5 2.54 .909 4 1 2 196 9 0 2.75 .910
2017–18 Hershey Bears AHL 32 12 13 2 1685 86 2 3.04 .888
2017–18 South Carolina Stingrays ECHL 2 1 1 0 119 4 0 2.01 .935
2018–19 Hershey Bears AHL 38 21 10 6 2220 97 2 2.62 .907 4 1 3 241 9 1 2.25 .935
AHL totals 110 52 33 15 6127 275 9 2.69 .903 8 2 5 437 18 1 2.47 .925

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP W L OT MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2013 Czech Republic IH18   4 2.89 .921
2014 Czech Republic WJC18   7 5 2 0 437 20 0 2.74 .897
2015 Czech Republic WJC 6th 3 1 2 0 181 13 0 4.31 .828
2016 Czech Republic WJC 5th 5 2 3 0 264 12 1 2.73 .881
Junior totals 19 8 7 0 882 45 1 3.06 .889

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Davis, Bradley (27 January 2016). "Washington Capitals Prospect Update: Vitek Vanecek". Starsandsticks.com. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Capitals sign Vitek Vanecek". Washington Capitals. 15 July 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  3. ^ El, Tarik (9 July 2015). "Where will Vitek Vanecek play next season?". CSN Mid-Atlantic. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Washington Capitals prospects Christian Djoos, Vitek Vanecek join Hershey Bears". PennLive.com. 24 March 2015. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  5. ^ Gormley, Chuck (8 April 2016). "Prospect Report: Vitek Vanecek makes ECHL All-Rookie team". CSN Mid-Atlantic. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  6. ^ Prewitt, Alex (14 September 2015). "Capitals' Vitek Vanecek making progress, word by word". The Washington Post. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Vitek Vanecek Makes Czech Republic a Contender at 2016 WJC". Thehockeywriters.com. 29 December 2015. Retrieved 9 May 2016.

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