Tomáš Hertl
Tomas Hertl.jpg
Born 12 November 1993 (1993-11-12) (age 26),
Prague, Czech Republic
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team
F. teams
San Jose Sharks
HC Slavia Praha
Ntl. team Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic
NHL Draft 17th overall, 2012
San Jose Sharks
Playing career 2011–present

Tomáš Hertl (born 12 November 1993) is a Czech professional ice hockey forward who currently plays for the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League. Hertl was selected 17th overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Sharks. He is the first player born in the modern Czech Republic after the dissolution of Czechoslovakia to appear in an NHL game.

Prior to being drafted, Hertl played for HC Slavia Praha of the Czech Extraliga.

Playing careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Hertl started his playing career with HC Slavia Praha in the Czech Extraliga, playing on the U18 and U20 squads in 2009–10. He was the third-highest scorer on the U20 team, scoring 12 goals and 26 assists. On the U18 team, Hertl scored 13 goals and 10 assists. The next season, Hertl was among four players on the U20 team with 40+ points; Hertl had 14 goals and 27 assists. In 2011–12, Hertl was the fourth-leading scorer for Slavia, with 11 goals and 15 assists.[1]

The NHL Central Scouting Bureau ranked Hertl fifth among European skaters before the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.[1] Sports Illustrated's Allan Muir ranked Hertl as the 18th best prospect in the 2012 draft.[2] ISS Hockey listed Hertl as the 32nd best, while The Hockey News and TSN scout Craig Button listed him as the 24th and 22nd best player, respectively.[3] Among Hertl's advantages include his large body and a good physical and defensive play, which Muir compared to Martin Hanzal. However, Muir also wrote, "Hertl's not the most agile skater or finisher, and he has a tendency to try to do too much."[2] Button stated that Hertl, although not particularly fast, his agility compensates for his speed; Hertl is also an effective passer and when "given the opportunity to shoot, he can be dangerous."[3]

Hertl was drafted by the San Jose Sharks with 17th overall pick in the 2012 draft, and became the first European player drafted with the Sharks' top pick since Czech Lukas Kaspar was drafted in 2004.[4] After being drafted, Hertl rejoined Slavia, scoring 30 points in 43 games.[5]

San Jose SharksEdit

The Sharks officially signed Hertl to a three-year entry-level contract on 3 June 2013.[6] In the preseason, Hertl scored 3 goals and 1 assist, and joined Joe Thornton and Brent Burns on a line, filling the hole created by Raffi Torres' injury.[5] Hertl made his NHL debut against the Vancouver Canucks on 3 October,[7] 2013 and tallied his first career point with an assist on a goal by Brent Burns. At age 19, Hertl became the first teenager to play in a season opener for the Sharks since Marc-Édouard Vlasic in 2006.[8] Hertl scored his first two NHL goals in the next game on 5 October 2013, against Mike Smith of the Phoenix Coyotes;[9] Hertl became the youngest player to score 2 goals for the Sharks in one game since Patrick Marleau on 17 March 1999.[10] On 8 October 2013, Hertl registered 4 goals against the New York Rangers in a 9–2 victory, making him the youngest player in the NHL to record a four-goal game (19 years, 330 days old) since Jimmy Carson did in the 1987–88 NHL season with the Los Angeles Kings (19 years, 254 days old).[11] Hertl also became the first Shark to score four goals in one game since Owen Nolan in 1995.[12] Hertl was eventually named the October Rookie of the Month, scoring eight goals, which led all rookies, and 11 points in 13 games.[13] However, on 19 December against the Kings, Hertl injured his knee after a collision with Dustin Brown, and is reported to miss at least a month.[14] Hertl had surgery on his MCL and PCL in his right knee on 31 December. A former NHL trainer stated that the "best-case scenario" for Hertl's return was approximately twelve weeks, though Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area wrote that Hertl could be out for six to nine months.[15] On 11 April 2014, Hertl was cleared to return to the Sharks against the Colorado Avalanche,[16] ending a 45-game absence. On 17 April, against the Kings, Hertl scored his first career playoff goal.[17]

On 29 June 2016, at the conclusion of his entry-level contract, Hertl agreed to a two-year $6 Million extension to remain with the Sharks.[18]

International playEdit

Hertl joined the Czech Republic at the 2011 IIHF World U18 Championships, scoring 1 goal, as the team finished eighth. The next year, Hertl participated in the 2012 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships for the Czechs, scoring 3 goals and 2 assists, with the team finishing fifth.[1] He eventually played in the 2013 edition, in which the Czech team finished fifth.[19]

Hertl played with the Czech Republic at the 2013 IIHF World Championship, where he was the youngest player on the team.[20] Due to the knee injury against the Kings in December 2013, Hertl was forced to have surgery and missed out on participating in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.[21] Hertl returned to the Czech team for the 2015 IIHF World Championship.[22]

Hertl was selected to play for the Czech Republic in the 2016 World Cup.[23][24]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2010–11 HC Slavia Praha Czech 1 0 0 0 0
2011-12 HC Slavia Praha Czech 38 12 13 25 22
2012-13 HC Slavia Praha Czech 43 18 12 30 16 11 3 5 8 0
2013–14 San Jose Sharks NHL 37 15 10 25 4 7 2 3 5 2
2014–15 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 13 18 31 16
2015–16 San Jose Sharks NHL 81 21 25 46 26 20 6 5 11 4
2016-17 San Jose Sharks NHL 49 10 12 22 14
NHL totals 249 59 65 124 60 27 8 8 16 6
Czech totals 82 30 25 55 38 11 3 5 8 0


Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2011 Czech Republic WJC18 8th 6 1 0 1 12
2012 Czech Republic WJC 5th 6 3 2 5 0
2013 Czech Republic WJC 5th 6 2 3 5 10
2013 Czech Republic WC 7th 8 0 0 0 0
2015 Czech Republic WC 4th 8 1 2 3 2
Junior totals 18 6 5 11 22
Senior totals 16 1 2 3 2


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Tomas Hertl. Hockey's Future. Retrieved on 6 October 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Muir, Allan. Muir's Top 20 NHL Draft Prospects. Sports Illustrated. Retrieved on 6 October 2013.
  3. 3.0 3.1 2012 FINAL TSN DRAFT RANKING. The Sports Network. Retrieved on 12 November 2013.
  4. Sharks draft Czech center with 1st-round pick. Sports Illustrated (23 June 2012). Retrieved on 8 October 2013.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Halford, Mike (1 October 2013). Sharks rookie Hertl to open on line with Thornton, Burns. NBC Sports. Retrieved on 8 October 2013.
  6. Sharks sign Hertl. Fox News Channel (3 June 2013). Retrieved on 4 June 2013.
  7. Pashelka, Chris. "Sharks rookies Tomas Hertl, Matt Nieto to see action in season opener", 3 October 2013. Retrieved on 3 October 2013. 
  8. Sharks Win Home Opener against the Canucks. San Jose Sharks (4 October 2013). Retrieved on 5 October 2013.
  9. Hertl Helps Lead Sharks Past Coyotes. San Jose Sharks (5 October 2013). Retrieved on 6 October 2013.
  10. Rookie Hertl Scores First – and Second – NHL Goals in Win Over Coyotes. Sports Media 101 (6 October 2013). Retrieved on 8 October 2013.
  11. Tomas Hertl’s goal of the year candidate caps rookie’s historic night (Video). Yahoo! Sports (8 October 2013). Retrieved on 8 October 2013.
  12. Petchesky, Barry (9 October 2013). Tomas Hertl Is Your New Favorite Hockey Player. Deadspin. Retrieved on 10 October 2013.
  13. Hertl named NHL's Rookie of the Month. San Jose Sharks (1 November 2013). Retrieved on 1 November 2013.
  14. Associated Press (21 December 2013). Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl to miss at least a month with knee injury. Sports Illustrated. Retrieved on 22 December 2013.
  15. Kurz, Kevin (1 January 2014). Hertl could miss six to nine months. Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Retrieved on 16 January 2014.
  16. Pashelka, Curtis. "Sharks' Tomas Hertl to play against Colorado Avalanche", 11 April 2014. Retrieved on 11 April 2014. 
  17. Pollak, David. "San Jose Sharks get results from Raffi Torres, Tomas Hertl in lineup", 17 April 2014. Retrieved on 18 April 2014. 
  18. "Sharks sign Tomas Hertl to two-year bridge deal". Yahoo! Sports (2016-06-29). Retrieved on 2016-06-29.
  19. Kimelman, Adam (4 January 2013). Frk goal helps Czechs finish fifth at WJC. National Hockey League. Retrieved on 6 October 2013.
  20. Team Roster, CZE - Czech Republic. IIHF (14 May 2013).
  21. Bernstein, Bobby (26 December 2013). Sharks’ Hertl To Miss 2014 Sochi Olympics. Indyposted. Retrieved on 27 December 2013.
  22. Hertl Named to Czech Republic IIHF Worlds Team. San Jose Sharks (30 April 2015). Retrieved on 30 April 2015.
  23. Team Czech Republic names preliminary World Cup of Hockey roster. Retrieved on 5 May 2016.
  24. Clarke, Mary. World Cup of Hockey 2016: Here is the initial Team Czech Republic roster. Retrieved on 5 May 2016.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Charlie Coyle
San Jose Sharks first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Mirco Müller
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