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Position Center
Shoots Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
213 lb (97 kg)
KHL Team
F. Teams
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
Nashville Predators
Montreal Canadiens
Ottawa Senators
Nationality Flag of the Czech Republic Czech
Born January 9 1976 (1976-01-09) (age 34),
Krnov, CS
NHL Draft 3rd overall, 1994
Ottawa Senators
Pro Career 1993 – present

Radek Bonk (born January 9, 1976) is a Czech professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League (NHL).

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Playing career

Bonk was born in Czechoslovakia and began his hockey career playing for HC Opava in the Junior Czech league and HC Zlín in the Czech Extraliga. He moved to North America in 1993 with a goal of playing in the NHL and was signed by the International Hockey League (IHL)'s Las Vegas Thunder, with whom he spent the 1993–94 season as a 17 year old. Bonk was an immediate sensation in the IHL and by the end of his first season of the North American brand of hockey he had registered 42 goals and 45 assists for 87 points in 76 games. NHL scouts took notice, and Bonk found himself at or near the top of all the top prospects lists for the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. Given his young age (17), size, and ability to quickly adapt to the more physical style of hockey in North America, Bonk became a "can't miss" prospect.

NHL career

He was drafted third overall by the Ottawa Senators in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, the first forward selected. He returned to Las Vegas for the first half of the 1994–95 season while the NHL was shut down by the owners' lockout and registered 20 points in 33 games. His debut NHL season of 1994–95 was somewhat disappointing, and Bonk scored only 3 goals and 11 points in 42 games. His progress took some seasoning in his first five years of NHL hockey before he emerged as one of the league's most complete forwards by 1999–00. He went on to play for the Senators for 10 seasons, eventually becoming the team’s #1 center under the tutelage of head coach Jacques Martin.

A skilled player, he was often criticized in the Ottawa media for his lack of aggression, despite his size. On the day of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings for a third round draft pick. The same day, he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens along with Cristobal Huet for Mathieu Garon and a third round selection in the 2004 draft. His most productive season points-wise was the 2001–02 NHL season when he produced 70 points for the Ottawa Senators.

On July 2, 2007, Bonk signed as a free agent with the Nashville Predators to a two-year contract.

Bonk originally wore number 76 as a member of the Thunder and in his first two seasons in Ottawa, but now wears number 14 on his jersey.

On July 22, 2009, it was announced that Bonk agreed with the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl to continue his career in the Kontinental Hockey League.

Personal

Bonk is married to a Canadian, Jill Sarcen, whom he met in Ottawa while a member of the Senators. They have a son Oliver Jaroslav, and a daughter, Kennady Grace.

Awards

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1992–93 HC Zlín ZPS CZE 30 5 5 10 10 -- -- -- -- --
1993–94 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 76 42 45 87 208 5 1 2 3 10
1994–95 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 33 7 13 20 62 -- -- -- -- --
1994–95 Ottawa Senators NHL 42 3 8 11 28 -- -- -- -- --
1994–95 Prince Edward Island Senators AHL -- -- -- -- -- 1 0 0 0 0
1995–96 Ottawa Senators NHL 76 16 19 35 36 -- -- -- -- --
1996–97 Ottawa Senators NHL 53 5 13 18 14 7 0 1 1 4
1997–98 Ottawa Senators NHL 65 7 9 16 16 5 0 0 0 2
1998–99 Ottawa Senators NHL 81 16 16 32 48 4 0 0 0 6
1999–00 Pardubice HC CZE 3 1 0 1 4 -- -- -- -- --
1999–00 Ottawa Senators NHL 80 23 37 60 53 6 0 0 0 8
2000–01 Ottawa Senators NHL 74 23 36 59 52 2 0 0 0 2
2001–02 Ottawa Senators NHL 82 25 45 70 52 12 3 7 10 6
2002–03 Ottawa Senators NHL 70 22 32 54 36 18 6 5 11 10
2003–04 Ottawa Senators NHL 66 12 32 44 66 7 0 2 2 0
2004–05 HC Oceláři Třinec CZE 27 6 10 16 44 -- -- -- -- --
2004–05 HC Zlín ZPS CZE 6 3 2 5 4 6 0 2 2 8
2005–06 Montreal Canadiens NHL 61 6 15 21 52 6 2 0 2 2
2006–07 Montreal Canadiens NHL 74 13 10 23 54 -- -- -- -- --
2007–08 Nashville Predators NHL 79 14 15 29 40 6 1 0 1 2
2008–09 Nashville Predators NHL 66 9 16 25 34 -- -- -- -- --
NHL totals 969 194 303 497 581 73 12 15 27 42
IHL totals 109 49 58 107 270 5 1 2 3 10

Transactions

  • June 28, 1994 - Ottawa drafts Bonk in the first round, 3rd overall
  • June 26, 2004 - Ottawa trades Bonk to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a 3rd round draft pick (Shawn Weller)
  • June 26, 2004 - Los Angeles trades Bonk and Cristobal Huet to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Mathieu Garon and a 3rd round draft pick
  • July 2, 2007 - Bonk signs with Nashville as a free agent

External links

  • Radek Bonk's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
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