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Ondřej Pavelec

Czech professional ice hockey goaltender. Currently saves for the Winnipeg Jets in the Canadian-American National Hockey League (NHL).

He was born on the 31st August 1987 in Kladno. He is one of the gems of the hockey world that the Kladno club nurtured not only for Czech hockey but also for the game worldwide.

He went overseas already when he was still in his junior years. In 2005 he was picked in the first round of the Entry Draft twice by the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles team (QMJHL). In both his seasons in Cape Breton he was a member of the first team, the All-Star team; he also won the Jacques Plante Trophy, which is awarded to the goalie with the lowest average of goals allowed during a season. As a freshman he also won the Raymond Legacy Trophy awarded to the best defensive freshman and the RDS Cup as the Rookie of the Year.

During the NHL draft in 2005 the Atlanta Thrashers obtained him. He played his first match in the NHL on the 20th October 2007. From 2007-09, he was alternately also playing for the AHL farm team, Chicago Wolves. After four years, he moved to the Winnipeg Club, where he has become the darling of the spectators and the biggest star of the Jets team. He has earned the reputation of being one of the best NHL goalies.

Ondřej Pavelec has also enjoyed success with the Czech Republic’s National Team. Subsequent to his selection for the under-17 team he won a silver medal in the Junior World Championships in 2004, and he also defended the colours of the national under-eighteen and under-twenty teams. At the Olympic Games in Vancouver and during the golden World Cup 2010 victory, he was employed as the number two goalkeeper. He won the hearts of the Czech fans during the World Cup 2011, held in the Slovak Republic, where through his great performance he helped the team to obtain the bronze medal.

Recently, in November 2012, he starred in the Karjala Cup, where, during matches with Finland and Russia he allowed only one goal and thereby contributed significantly to the historic triumph of the Czech team in this tournament of the Euro Hockey Tour.



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