Vorá?ek with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2011
15 August 1989|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||214 lb (97 kg; 15 st 4 lb)|
Columbus Blue Jackets|
HC Lev Praha
|National team||Czech Republic|
7th overall, 2007|
Columbus Blue Jackets
Jakub Vorá?ek (Czech pronunciation: ['jakub 'vora:tk]; born 15 August 1989) is a Czech professional ice hockey right winger currently playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL). Vorá?ek was drafted seventh overall by the Blue Jackets at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. He has also played for the Philadelphia Flyers.
Vorá?ek was taken first overall in the 2006 Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Import Draft and played two seasons with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). He also represented the Czech Republic at the World Junior Ice Hockey Championship in 2007 and 2008. On 2 August 2007, he signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets, the NHL organization that drafted him seventh overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Vorá?ek made his NHL debut on 10 October 2008 against the Dallas Stars, also scoring his first career NHL goal in the game's first period on goaltender Marty Turco. Vorá?ek scored 9 goals and 29 assists for 38 points in 80 games during his rookie season, helping the Blue Jackets make the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in franchise history in 2009. He also had the lone assist on the first-ever playoff goal in Blue Jackets history, scored by R. J. Umberger.
On 23 June 2011, Vorá?ek was traded (along with first- and third-round picks in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft) to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Jeff Carter. Days later, on 1 July, Vorá?ek signed a one-year contract with the Flyers, the same day his new team signed fellow Kladno native and long-time NHL star Jaromír Jágr to a one-year contract. In his Flyers debut against the Boston Bruins, Vorá?ek scored a goal in the game's first period against goaltender Tim Thomas. In the 2011-12 season, Vorá?ek set a new career-high with 18 goals scored, also later scoring his first career Stanley Cup playoff goal in Game 1 of the Flyers' opening round Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, beating Marc-André Fleury 2:23 into the first overtime period.
In the subsequent off-season, on 26 July 2012, Vorá?ek signed a four-year, $17 million contract with the Flyers paying $4.25 million annually. Upon signing, Vorá?ek was expected to fill the gap left by Jágr, who had departed weeks prior via free agency to Dallas, on the Flyers' top line, alongside Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell.
Vorá?ek returned to the Czech Republic to play for HC Lev Praha of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) during the 2012-13 NHL lockout. On 20 February 2013, shortly after play resumed in the NHL for the 2012-13 season, in a game against Pittsburgh, he scored his first career NHL hat-trick. On 25 February, he was then named the NHL's First Star of the Week after scoring four goals and seven assists in four games.
During the 2014-15 season, Vorá?ek scored the second-fastest overtime goal in Flyers history on 22 December 2014 in a game against the Winnipeg Jets. The goal, unassisted, was scored just ten seconds into overtime against Jets goaltender Ond?ej Pavelec at the MTS Center in Winnipeg. It was scored just three seconds slower than former Flyer Simon Gagné's overtime-winning goal seven seconds into the 5 January 2006 game against the New York Rangers. Later in the season, Vorá?ek was named to the 2015 NHL All-Star Game in Columbus, Ohio. In the game, he tied the single NHL All-Star Game record for most points scored with six, tying Mario Lemieux's record previously set in the 1988 edition. Playing in all 82 regular season Philadelphia games, Vorá?ek finished the year with 22 goals and 59 assists for a career-high 81 points, tying him for fourth in the NHL lead alongside the Washington Capitals' Alexander Ovechkin.
In July 2015, Vorá?ek signed a new eight-year, $66 million contract with the Flyers. During the 2015-16 season, Vorá?ek experienced a slump in number production while also recording his 400th NHL point and playing in his 600th career NHL game. During the season, Vorá?ek only recorded 11 goals, the lowest in his NHL career since his rookie year. He played in his 600th NHL game against the Florida Panthers on 4 April 2016. Vorá?ek concluded the regular season with 55 points overall. The Flyers qualified for the 2016 playoffs where they lost to the Washington Capitals in six games. Vorá?ek recorded one goal over the six games.
At the beginning of the 2017-18 season, Vorá?ek was on the Flyers' top line alongside Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier. Despite occasionally being moved to a different line, he ended the regular season with a career-high 85 points in 82 games. During his career year, Vorá?ek became only the second Flyers player in franchise history (the first being Joni Pitkänen) to score the tying goal in a game with less than two minutes left and score in overtime. Vorá?ek was also one of five Flyers players to end the regular season with 20 or more goals to help push the Flyers to the 2018 playoffs.
As a child, Vorá?ek wanted to be a garbage man. In 2017, his sister gave him a Christmas gift of the opportunity to ride a trash truck while the garbage men worked their route. Vorá?ek has two children: son Jakub Jr. born in 2016 to former girlfriend Nicole Warnecke and son Mat?j born in 2019 with current girlfriend Markéta Bure?ová. He is a big fan of Bruce Springsteen.
|2003-04||HC Rabat Kladno||CZE U18||52||30||24||54||28||2||0||0||0||2|
|2004-05||HC Rabat Kladno||CZE U18||30||23||39||62||44||7||5||4||9||14|
|2004-05||HC Rabat Kladno||CZE U20||16||5||7||12||6||1||1||0||1||2|
|2005-06||HC Rabat Kladno||CZE U20||46||21||38||59||54||6||7||4||11||2|
|2005-06||HC Rabat Kladno||ELH||1||0||0||0||0||--||--||--||--||--|
|2005-06||HC Rabat Kladno||CZE U18||--||--||--||--||--||2||1||3||4||31|
|2008-09||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||80||9||29||38||44||4||0||1||1||8|
|2009-10||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||81||16||34||50||26||--||--||--||--||--|
|2010-11||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||80||14||32||46||26||--||--||--||--||--|
|2012-13||HC Lev Praha||KHL||23||7||13||20||22||--||--||--||--||--|
|Golden Hockey Stick||2015|
|Michel Bergeron Trophy||2007|
|Second All-Star Team||2008|
|NHL All-Star Game||2015|
|NHL First All-Star Team||2015|
|Bobby Clarke Trophy||2013, 2015|
|Gene Hart Memorial Award||2015|
|Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Trophy||2013|
|Yanick Dupre Memorial Class Guy Award||2014|