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Position Goaltender
Catches Right
Height
Weight
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
195 lb (89 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Florida Panthers
Nashville Predators
Montreal Canadiens
Nationality Flag of the Czech Republic Czech
Born July 2 1976 (1976-07-02) (age 33),
Karlovy Vary, CZE
NHL Draft 226th overall, 1994
Montreal Canadiens
Pro Career 1995 – present

Tomáš Vokoun (pronounced Tom-ahsh Vo-koon; born July 2, 1976) is Czech professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League (NHL).

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Playing career

Vokoun was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the ninth round of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, 226th overall. He spent the next year with Poldi Kladno in the Czech Republic.

He moved to America for the 1995–96 season and played for the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL. He was also called up to play for Fredericton Canadiens of the American Hockey League (AHL) for a playoff game. Having proven himself in the ECHL, Vokoun spent the 1996–97 season with Fredericton and played in one game in the NHL, for Montreal. His one game for Montreal was not a particularly stellar performance as he gave up four goals in only twenty minutes.

After another season with Fredericton, Vokoun was chosen by the Nashville Predators in the 1998 NHL Expansion Draft on June 26, 1998.

Vokoun played 37 games for Nashville in their debut season and played nine games for the Milwaukee Admirals in the International Hockey League (IHL). Although, he again split time between the two clubs in the following season, by 2000, Vokoun was in the NHL to stay. However, he saw only limited action as the backup to Mike Dunham. In 2002, Dunham was traded to the New York Rangers for Marek Židlický, Tomáš Klouček and Rem Murray, and Vokoun was awarded the starting job.

Vokoun acquitted himself well when given the chance to start, and he shouldered a heavy load for the Predators. His play was good enough in the 2003–04 NHL season to send him to the All-Star Game for the first time. Possibly more important to Vokoun, though, was the chance to go to the playoffs, and the Predators earned their first trip in 2004. Although the Predators lost in six games to the Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the playoffs, they surprised many by giving the Red Wings more of a challenge than expected. In games three and four, both played in Nashville, Vokoun awed spectators with his performance netting the first-ever playoff shutout in franchise history by stopping 41 Red Wing shots.

During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Vokoun played 19 regular season games for HIFK Helsinki in the Finnish SM-liiga, with a 93.96 saves percentage. In the playoffs, Vokoun did not perform as well, having an 84.62 saves percentage in four games—the worst in the league in that year's playoffs.

Vokoun playing for the Nashville Predators

Nevertheless, Vokoun's emergence as one of the world's elite goaltenders has even earned his picture being placed on the cover of Nashville's city directory. Furthermore, he was a fan favorite—during home games at the Sommet Center, when he made a save, the Predators fans in attendance would give a loud chant of "VOO-KOOOON!" emanating from all areas of the arena.

On April 10, 2006, the Predators announced that Vokoun was afflicted by thrombophlebitis of the pelvis, a blood-clotting condition. He missed the team's remaining regular season games and the entire playoffs while he recovered by taking blood-thinning drugs and avoiding physical activity. Backup goalie Chris Mason took his place as the starter, but the Predators failed to advance in the playoffs, again losing the quarterfinals. On July 24, 2006, Vokoun was cleared to resume his career and returned for the 2006–07 NHL season.

In the beginning 2006–07 NHL season, Vokoun hurt his thumb during a game and had to have surgery. Pins were put in this thumb, and he plays with the pins and a brace on his thumb. On the day of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Vokoun was traded to the Florida Panthers in exchange for a first-round selection in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, a second-round selection in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft (no. 58) and a conditional second-round selection in either 2007 or 2008.

Vokoun was selected to play for the Eastern Conference team in the 2008 NHL All Star Game in Atlanta.

During the 2008–09 NHL season, Vokoun recorded 26 wins for the Panthers as they battled for their first playoff berth since 2000. Though they ultimately fell short, the Panthers' being in position to qualify was due in large part to the goaltending of Vokoun and fellow goaltender Craig Anderson.

Awards

  • Runner-up for the NHL Rookie of the Month award for December 1998.
  • NHL Player of the Week for the week ending January 2, 2000 (3–0–0, 1 shutout, 1.33 Goals Against Average (GAA), .960 save percentage; he is the first Predator to ever win this award).
  • NHL Defensive Player of the Week for the week ending November 30, 2003 (4–0–0, 1.50 GAA, .950 save percentage).
  • Selected to play for the Western Conference in the 2004 NHL All-Star Game.
  • Selected to play for the Eastern Conference in the 2008 NHL All-Star Game.

Records

Each of the below records are current as of the end of the 2005–06 NHL season.

  • Nashville Predators franchise single-season record for wins (36)
  • Nashville Predators franchise all-time record for wins (134)
  • Nashville Predators franchise all-time record for losses (147)
  • Nashville Predators franchise all-time record for goaltender appearances (340)
  • Nashville Predators franchise all-time record for consecutive games

Career statistics

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Regular season

   
Season Team League GP W L T OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1993–94 Kladno Czech 1 0 0 0 0 20 2 0 6.00
1994–95 Kladno Czech 26 1368 70 3.07
1995–96 Wheeling Thunderbirds ECHL 35 20 10 2 0 1912 117 0 3.67 .881
1996–97 Montreal Canadiens NHL 1 0 0 0 0 20 4 0 12.00 .714
1996–97 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 47 12 26 7 0 2645 154 2 3.49 .902
1997–98 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 31 13 13 2 0 1735 90 0 3.11 .907
1998–99 Nashville Predators NHL 37 12 18 4 0 1954 96 1 2.95 .908
1998–99 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 9 3 2 4 0 539 22 1 2.45 .920
1999–00 Nashville Predators NHL 33 9 20 1 0 1879 87 1 2.78 .904
1999–00 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 7 5 2 0 0 364 17 0 2.80 .921
2000–01 Nashville Predators NHL 37 13 17 5 0 2088 85 2 2.44 .910
2001–02 Nashville Predators NHL 29 5 14 4 0 1471 66 2 2.69 .903
2002–03 Nashville Predators NHL 69 25 31 11 0 3974 146 3 2.20 .918
2003–04 Nashville Predators NHL 73 34 29 10 0 4221 178 3 2.53 .909
2004–05 HIFK Helsinki SM-liiga 19 11 4 4 0 1149 35 2 1.83 .940
2005–06 Nashville Predators NHL 61 36 18 0 7 3600 160 4 2.67 .919
2006–07 Nashville Predators NHL 44 27 12 0 4 2601 104 5 2.40 .920
2007–08 Florida Panthers NHL 69 30 29 0 8 4030 180 4 2.68 .919
2008–09 Florida Panthers NHL 59 26 23 0 6 3324 138 6 2.49 .926
NHL totals 512 217 211 35 25 29,163 1244 31 2.56 .915

Postseason

   
Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SO GAA
1994–95 Kladno Czech 5 -- -- 240 19 -- 4.75
1995–96 Wheeling ECHL 7 4 3 436 19 0 2.61
1995–96 Fredericton AHL 1 0 1 59 4 0 4.09
1998–99 Milwaukee IHL 2 0 2 149 8 0 3.22
2003–04 Nashville NHL 6 2 4 355 12 1 2.02
2004–05 HIFK SM-liiga 4 0 3 205 12 0 3.51
2006–07 Nashville NHL 5 1 4 323 16 0 2.96
NHL totals 11 3 8 679 28 1 2.47

International play

Olympic medal record
Men's ice hockey
Bronze 2006 Turin Ice hockey

Played for the Czech Republic in:

References

  • Nashville Predators - Tomas Vokoun
  • SM-liiga official website; Finnish league stats for 2004–05.
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