Former Habs goalie Vokoun retires

38-year old goalie Tomas Vokoun, who was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens, has officially announced his retirement after a long hockey career. Vokoun was selected in the ninth round (226th overall) in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft in Hartford, Connecticut. A draft which saw Ed Jovanovski, Patrik Elias, Daniel Alfredsson, Marty Turco among others make their way into the National Hockey League.

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Tomas Vokoun
Position: Goalie
Age: 38
Birthplace: Karlovy Vary, Czechoslovakia
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 210
Drafted: 226th overall (Montreal Canadiens) - 1994: 9th Round

At 226th overall, the Montreal Canadiens selected Tomas Vokoun out of the Czech Republic. Vokoun was the second goalie taken by the Habs in 1994 as they also drafted Jose Theodore in the second round. It wasn’t until the 1995-96 season that Vokoun made his way to North America where he began in the ECHL with the Wheeling Thunderbirds. Vokoun posted 20 wins in 35 games with Wheeling and was then called up to the Fredericton Canadiens, the American Hockey League affiliate at the time to play one playoff game, which they unfortunately fell short in. In the 1996-97 season, Vokoun made his NHL debut with Montreal and was pulled heading into the second period after allowing 4 goals in 20 minutes against the Philadelphia Flyers.

“My family is priority. I had some offers but it was like: Maybe. We will see. I didn’t want to travel round the clubs and wait” – Vokoun to iSport, via Zdenek Janda and Yahoo! Sports

Vokoun’s stint in Montreal did not last long as he was selected along with four other goaltenders by the Nashville Predators in the 1998 NHL Expansion Draft. Vokoun split time between Nashville and their affiliate until 2000 where he was a full-time back-up to Mike Dunham for a couple of seasons until Dunham was dealt to the Rangers, opening the starting position for Vokoun. Most of Vokoun’s career was played in Tennessee and the longer he played, his popularity within the state grew. After playing for the Preds from 1998-2007, he was forced to pack his bags after being dealt to the Florida Panthers in exchange for a 2008-first round pick (later traded to NYI who selected Josh Bailey), a 2007-second round pick (Nick Spaling).

“I think I can be proud of the career I had” – Vokoun to Czech Daily Sport via NHL.com

Sunrise would be home to Vokoun for four seasons where he played a total 248 games with a record of 101-108-30 with no playoff appearances. Vokoun would find two more places to call home before announcing his retirement, playing a season with the Washington Capitals in the 2011-12

Photo: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images

Photo: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images

season and playing more than half of the teams games, then the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2012-13 where he played 20 games behind Marc-Andre Fleury. In international play, Tomas Vokoun represented the Czech Republic in one World Junior Hockey Championship, four World Championships, one World Cup of Hockey, and two Olympics. He has won a total of two Gold medals and two Bronze medals in his time in a Czech jersey.

 

 

Tomas Vokoun Regular Season statistics. Photo: Hockeydb.com

Tomas Vokoun Regular Season statistics.
Photo: Hockeydb.com

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One Response to Former Habs goalie Vokoun retires

  1. A solid career, too bad about his health issues.

    CallMeGuy December 17, 2014 at 3:39 pm Reply

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