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Dominik Kubalík
Born August 21, 1995,
Plzeň
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
179 lb (81 kg; 12 st 11 lb)
Position Left/Right winger
Shoots Left
NHL team
F. teams
Chicago Blackhawks
Tipsport Extraliga
HC Plzeň
OHL
Sudbury Wolves
Kitchener Rangers
Chance Liga
HC Havlíčkův Brod
2. Liga
HC Klatovy
NL
HC Ambrì-Piotta
Ntl. team Flag of the Czech Republic.png Czech Republic
NHL Draft 191st overall, 2013
Los Angeles Kings
Playing career 2009–present

Dominik Kubalík (born on August 21, 1995 in Plzeň) is a Czech professional ice hockey left/right winger currently playing with the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL. He was selected in the seventh round (191st overall) by the Los Angeles Kings during the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

His older brother is Tomáš Kubalík.

Club career

Kubalík began his junior career with the HC Plzeň 1929 organisation. He made his senior debut playing 8 games with the HC Plzeň of the Tipsport Extraliga during the 2011-12 season.[1] In this season, he also played 20 regular season games and 2 play-off games with the HC Plzeň 1929 under-18 team and 24 regular season games and 2 play-off games with the HC Plzeň 1929 under-20 team.

Kubalík spent the 2012-13 season with the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL. He scored 34 points in 67 regular season games and 6 points in 9 play-off games.

Kubalík returned to the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL for the 2013-14 season. On January 10, 2014, after 36 games played, Kubalík (along with two second-round draft picks) was traded to the Kitchener Rangers in exchange for Radek Faksa.[2] He finished there the season with 23 games played.

On April 8, 2014, Kubalík returned to the HC Plzeň (formerly HC Plzeň 1929) of the Tipsport Extraliga.[3] In the 2014-15 season played Kubalík 16 regular season games and 4 play-off games with the HC Plzeň under-20 team, 35 regular season games and 4 play-off games with the HC Plzeň of the Tipsport Extraliga, 4 games on loan with the HC Havlíčkův Brod of the 1. Liga and 2 games on loan with the HC Klatovy of the 2. Liga.

Next two seasons spent Kubalík with the HC Plzeň of the Tipsport Extraliga. In the 2015-16 season, Kubalík became the best goal-scorer (25) and also scored most powerplay goals (11) in the Tipsport Extraliga. In the 2016-17 season, he was again scored most goals (29) and most powerplay goals (11) in the Tipsport Extraliga.

On August 25, 2017, Kubalík signed a three-year contract with the HC Ambrì-Piotta of the NL.[4] He split the 2017-18 season between HC Ambrì-Piotta (25 regular season games and 10 relegation games played) and HC Plzeň of the Tipsport Extraliga (while on loan) (20 games played).

On January 24, 2019, Kubalík's NHL rights were traded from Los Angeles Kings to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a 2019 fifth-round pick.[5] He finished the 2018-19 season with 57 points in 50 regular season games and 6 points in 5 play-off games, and was named the NL Media Most Valuable Player[6], NL Media Best Forward, NL Most Valuable Player and made it into the NL Media All-Star Team as he scored most points (57) in the NL.

On May 29, 2019, the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL signed Kubalík to a one-year, $925,000 contract.[7]

On October 10, 2019, Kubalík scored his first career NHL goal in a 5-4 loss to the San Jose Sharks.[8] On February 27, 2020, Kubalík recorded his first career NHL hat-trick in a 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. All 3 of Kubalík's goals came in the third period.[9] He finished the regular season with 30 goals and 16 assists for 46 points in 68 games. In January 2020, he was named the NHL Rookie of the Month. On July 15, 2020, Kubalík was named a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy (alongside Quinn Hughes and Cale Makar), which is awarded to the league's best first-year player.[10] He did not win the trophy but was still selected into the NHL All-Rookie Team. The Chicago Blackhawks met the Edmonton Oilers in the 2020 Qualifying Round.[11] In Game 1 of the series, Kubalík recorded 2 goals and 3 assists in a 6-4 win. His 5 points were the most scored in an NHL postseason debut in NHL history.[12] Kubalík is currently signed with the Chicago Blackhawks until the end of the 2021-22 season.

International career

Kubalík played with the Czech National Team at the 2013 World U18 Championship, captained the Czech team at the 2015 World Junior Championship and then played at the 2018 Olympics and at the 2018 and 2019 World Championships (being selected one of the top 3 players on the Czech team at the 2018 tournament).

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2011–12 HC Plzeň Czech.20 24 11 6 17 22 2 1 2 3 0
2011–12 HC Plzeň ELH 8 1 0 1 0
2012–13 Sudbury Wolves OHL 67 17 17 34 25 9 3 3 6 4
2013–14 Sudbury Wolves OHL 36 13 10 23 35
2013–14 Kitchener Rangers OHL 23 5 1 6 11
2014–15 HC Plzeň Czech.20 16 18 9 27 14 4 3 2 5 2
2014–15 HC Plzeň ELH 35 3 4 7 35 4 1 1 2 2
2014–15 BK Havlíčkův Brod Czech.1 4 1 1 2 4
2014–15 SHC Klatovy Czech.2 2 1 0 1 0
2015–16 HC Plzeň ELH 48 25 15 40 20 11 1 3 4 8
2016–17 HC Plzeň ELH 51 29 19 48 22 11 3 2 5 2
2017–18 HC Ambrì-Piotta NL 25 10 17 27 39
2017–18 HC Plzeň ELH 20 16 8 24 2
2018–19 HC Ambrì-Piotta NL 50 25 32 57 18 5 1 5 6 6
2019–20 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 68 30 16 46 16 9 4 4 8 4
ELH totals 162 74 46 120 79 26 5 6 11 12
NL totals 75 35 49 84 57 5 1 5 6 6
NHL totals 68 30 16 46 16 9 4 4 8 4

International

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2013 Czech Republic WJC18 7th 5 0 5 5 14
2015 Czech Republic WJC 6th 5 1 0 1 0
2018 Czech Republic OG 4th 5 2 0 2 2
2018 Czech Republic WC 7th 8 3 5 8 0
2019 Czech Republic WC 4th 10 6 6 12 0
Junior totals 10 1 5 6 14
Senior totals 23 11 11 22 2

References

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