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Travis Konecny
Konecny
Position Centre / Right Wing
Shoots Right
Height
Weight
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
175 lb (80 kg)
NHL Team Philadelphia Flyers
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born March 11 1997 (1997-03-11) (age 22),
London, Ontario Canada
NHL Draft 24th overall, 2015
Philadelphia Flyers
Pro Career 2016 – present

Travis Konecny ( /kˈnɛkn/ koh-NEK-nee;[1] born March 11, 1997) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward and is currently playing for the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Konecny was selected by the Flyers in the first round (24th overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing careerEdit

Early lifeEdit

Konecny was born in London, Ontario, but grew up in Clachan, a small community in the township of West Elgin. He played youth hockey for the Chatham-Kent Cyclones before moving to the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs of the Minor Hockey Alliance of Ontario for his bantam and minor midget seasons. His minor midget coach Darren Kelly has said of him that, "When he was 10, we were in the Ontario finals in Oakville, and we were down 2–0 to the Toronto Marlies going into the third period ... Travis came out and scored four goals and an assist and we won 5–2. He was named the tournament MVP, and from that point on, his name was kind of on the radar." Konecny said at this point of his career that, "I feel I'm more of a playmaker and I try to win all my puck battles and races ... I find that an assist is just as good as a goal, and points don't matter to me as long as the team is winning."[2]

The first scouting report from the team that would draft him into the OHL after his amateur career said of him: "Top-end forward with great hockey sense as well as skill. Moves the puck well at all times and competes in all situations." The assistant general manager that filed the report stated that over Konecny's time between that first report and his drafting he filed about 15 reports and stated of his consistency that "he never changed from first on my list 'til the day we drafted him".[3] In his final season, Konecny had 53 goals and 61 assists in 54 games for the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs.[4]

JuniorEdit

Konecny was drafted first overall in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection by the 67's, winning the Jack Ferguson Award for first overall draft pick. After his first preseason training camp with the team he laughed that, "I took a few shots from the older guys, they were just letting me know I'm still a rookie ... I'm going to work hard and do whatever I can control and let things fall into place."[5] He earned two primary assists in his first OHL game on September 20, 2013, and became a draw for fans in his first month with the team.[6][7]

In October 2013 he was named the OHL Rookie of the Month, scoring four goals and five assists in eleven games over the month and remaining tied for OHL rookie scoring at the end of October.[8] That month the Ottawa Citizen wrote that in terms of top professional prospects, "Travis Konecny seems to be the next one-to-watch."[9] Konecny had a strong first year in the OHL, leading all rookies in points and goals. He was awarded the Emms Family Award for OHL rookie of the year[10] as well as being named to the OHL's first rookie all-star team.

At the start of the 2014–15 OHL season, Konecny was named captain of the 67's.[11] He finished the season with 68 points, good for second on the team in scoring. Konecny was drafted in the first round, 24th overall, by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. On July 16, 2015, Konecny signed a three-year entry level contract with the team.[12] In the following 2015-16 season, after producing 45 points in 29 games, Konecny was traded by the 67's in a blockbuster trade to the Sarnia Sting on January 7, 2016 for Sasha Chmelevski, Chase Campbell, and 10 draft picks, of which 2 are conditional.

ProfessionalEdit

On the afternoon of October 10, 2016, Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall announced that Konecny had made the final roster effectively marking the beginning of Konecny's professional hockey career.[13]

International PlayEdit

Konecny made his international debut playing for Canada at the 2014 IIHF World U18 Championships. He went on to play at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament winning a gold medal. as the team captain. Konecny was selected to represent Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championships in Finland, tallying 2 points.

PersonalEdit

Konecny is a second cousins with Vancouver Canucks forward Bo Horvat. Konecny is also related to former NHL player Brian Leetch.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2012–13 Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs AMHL 54 53 61 114
2013–14 Ottawa 67's OHL 63 26 44 70 18
2014–15 Ottawa 67's OHL 60 29 39 68 34 5 3 7 10 6
2015-16 Ottawa 67's OHL 29 7 38 45 6
2015–16 Sarnia Sting OHL 31 23 33 56 21 2 1 2 3 0
2016-17 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 70 11 17 28 49
NHL totals 70 11 17 28 49

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2014 Canada Ontario U17 5th 5 1 3 4 8
2014 Canada IH18 Gold medal icon 5 5 1 6 2
2014 Canada WJC18 Bronze medal icon 7 4 1 5 2
2016 Canada WJC 6th 5 1 1 2 0
Junior totals 22 11 6 17 12

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
OHL
Emms Family AwardOHL Rookie of the Year 2013–14 [14]
First All-Rookie Team 2014
NHL
E.J. McGuire Award of Excellence 2015 [15]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 2015 National Hockey League Top Prospects Pronunciations.
  2. Aeden Hemler. "High praise for Ottawa 67's #1 pick Travis Konecny", Ottawa Sun, April 6, 2013. Retrieved on November 10, 2013. 
  3. Don Campbell. "Rookie Konecny delivers early", Ottawa Citizen, September 28, 2013. Retrieved on November 10, 2013. 
  4. Capital Rebuild: Ottawa 67's take Travis Konecny with first pick in OHL draft. NHL.com (April 6, 2013).
  5. Aeden Helmer. "OHL No. 1 pick Travis Konecny hits ice at Ottawa 67's rookie camp", Ottawa Sun, April 13, 2013. Retrieved on November 10, 2013. 
  6. Don Campbell (October 24, 2013). Monahan's gone, but 67's roll on. Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved on November 10, 2013.
  7. Neate Sager (September 21, 2013). Ottawa 67's Travis Konecny, OHL's No. 1 pick, is game's No. 1 star in debut. Retrieved on November 10, 2013.
  8. OHL Top Performers of October. OHL. Retrieved on November 10, 2013.
  9. DARREN DESAULNIERS. "Nail-biting game as 67's beat the Wolves: 67’s 5, Wolves 4 SO", Ottawa Citizen, October 13, 2013. Retrieved on November 10, 2013. 
  10. "Travis Konecny named OHL rookie of the year", Globe and Mail, April 3, 2014. Retrieved on May 22, 2015. 
  11. Hofley, Chris. "Young star Konecny named Ottawa 67's captain", Ottawa Sun, October 9, 2014. Retrieved on May 22, 2015. 
  12. Hughes, Travis (July 16, 2015). Travis Konecny signed by Flyers to entry-level contract. SB Nation. Retrieved on January 13, 2016.
  13. Travis Konecny, Ivan Provorov will make Flyers roster, Ron Hextall confirms. The Inquirer Daily News. Retrieved on October 10, 2016.
  14. "Travis Konecny named rookie of the year". Ontario Hockey League (April 15, 2014). Retrieved on 2015-04-14.
  15. Central Scouting to present E.J. McGuire Award. nhl.com (June 25, 2015). Retrieved on 2015-06-30.

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Connor McDavid
Jack Ferguson Award
2013
Succeeded by
Jakob Chychrun
Preceded by
Connor McDavid
Winner of the Emms Family Award
2014
Succeeded by
Alex DeBrincat
Preceded by
Ivan Provorov
Philadelphia Flyers' first round draft pick
2015
Succeeded by
German Rubtsov
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