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Roman Horak
Born (1991-05-21)May 21, 1991,
České Budějovice, Czechoslovakia
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team
F. teams
Calgary Flames
HC České Budějovice
NHL Draft 127th overall, 2009
New York Rangers
Playing career 2007–present

Roman Horak (born May 21, 1991) is a Czech ice hockey player for the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (NHL). He previously played nine games in the Czech Extraliga with HC České Budějovice before coming to North America to play two Western Hockey League (WHL) seasons with the Chilliwack Bruins. He was selected by the New York Rangers in the 5th round (127th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career

Horak began his professional career with his hometown team HC České Budějovice of the Czech Extraliga, appearing in one game with the club in 2007–08 and eight more in 2008–09. He was selected by the New York Rangers in the 5th round, 127th overall, at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.[1] Additionally, Horak was selected by the Western Hockey League's (WHL) Chilliwack Bruins with the eighth overall pick in the Canadian Hockey League import draft.[2] Though he had little knowledge of English, Horak moved to Canada to join the Bruins for the 2009–10 WHL season.[3]

In his first season in Chilliwack, Horak scored 21 goals and 47 points. He improved to 26 goals and 78 points in 2010–11.[1] Additionally, he represented the Czech Republic at the 2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships where he had one goal and one assist in six games.[4][5] He returned to the team for the 2011 tournament, recording one assist in five games in that tournament.[4][6]

Horak signed a contract with the Rangers on May 6, 2011.[7] However, before he played a game with the NHL team, he was traded to the Calgary Flames on June 1, along with two draft picks, in exchange for defenceman Tim Erixon.[8] The Flames discovered Horak while scouting his teammate, and their own draft pick, Ryan Howse. The team realized that Howse, a 50-goal scorer in 2010–11 had become far less effective when Horak suffered an injury.[9]

Initially expected to join the Flames' minor league affiliate, the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League (AHL), to begin the 2011–12 season, Horak exceeded the team's expectations and earned a spot with the Flames.[3] He made his NHL debut and scored his first point, an assist, against the Pittsburgh Penguins on October 8, 2011.[10] He scored his first NHL goal on October 26 against against Jean-Sebastien Giguere of the Colorado Avalanche.[11] He appeared in 25 games with the Flames before being sent to Abbotsford where the Flames' coaches expected him to get additional time in situations with which he was not playing in Calgary.[12]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007–08 HC České Budějovice Czech 1 0 0 0 0
2008–09 HC České Budějovice Czech 17 1 0 1 0
2009–10 Chilliwack Bruins WHL 66 21 26 47 39 6 2 4 6 4
2010–11 Chilliwack Bruins WHL 64 26 52 78 60 5 1 2 3 0


Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2010 Czech Republic WJC 7th 6 1 1 2 0
2011 Czech Republic WJC 7th 5 0 1 1 4
WJC totals 11 1 2 3 4


  1. 1.0 1.1 Hanlon, Peter (2011). 2011–12 Calgary Flames Media Guide. Calgary Flames Hockey Club, 121. 
  2. 2009–10 WHL Guide. Western Hockey League, 219. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Hall, Vicki. "Horak wins job with Flames", National Post, 2011-10-03. Retrieved on 2011-12-10. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Kreider, Bourque make final USA cut. New York Rangers Hockey Club. Retrieved on 2010-12-29.
  5. 2010 Player Statistics by Team: Czech Republic. Retrieved on 2010-12-29.
  6. 2011 Player Statistics by Team: Czech Republic. Retrieved on 2011-01-04.
  7. Rangers, Horak agree to contract terms. New York Rangers Hockey Club. Retrieved on 2011-05-13.
  8. Flames trade unsigned draft pick Erixon to Rangers (2011-06-01). Retrieved on 2011-06-01.
  9. Cruickshank, Scott. "", National Post, 2011-10-01. Retrieved on 2011-12-10. 
  10. Matt Niskanen nets 2 points as Penguins drop Flames. ESPN (2011-10-08). Retrieved on 2011-10-09.
  11. Kiprusoff, Flames cool off Avs with 4-2 win. NHL (2011-10-26). Retrieved on 2011-10-27.
  12. Cruickshank, Scott. "Horak sent to Abbotsford to stay sharp", Calgary Herald, 2011-12-10. Retrieved on 2011-12-10. 

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