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NHL PLAYER, Tomas Hertl


Born Nov 12, 1993 -- Praha, Czech Republic
Selected by San Jose Sharks round 1 #17 overall 2012 NHL Entry Draft

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. After being drafted, Hertl rejoined Slavia, scoring 30 points in 43 games.  

The Sharks officially signed Hertl to a three-year entry-level contract on June 3, 2013. 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. Hertl made his NHL debut against the Vancouver Canucks on October 3, 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. Hertl scored his first two NHL goals in the next game on October 5, 2013, against Mike Smith of the Phoenix Coyotes; Hertl became the youngest player to score 2 goals for the Sharks in one game since Patrick Marleau on March 17, 1999. On October 8, 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). Hertl also became the first Shark to score four goals in one game since Owen Nolan in 1995. Hertl was eventually named the October Rookie of the Month, scoring eight goals, which led all rookies, and 11 points in 13 games.  On April 17, against the Kings, Hertl scored his first career playoff goal.


Hertl stays hot as Sharks win in overtime October 29, 2018

Tomas Hertl extended his point streak to 6 games on Sunday, as the San Jose Sharks defeated the Anaheim Ducks 4-3 in overtime. The 24-year-old center tallied two assists in the victory, along with three shots on net and a +3 rating. Over the span of his impressive 6-game run, the Praha-native has registered 9 points (2 goals and 7 assists), and a +3 rating.

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Hertl makes 4-year commitment to stay in San Jose July 09, 2018

Tomas Hertl re-signed with the San Jose Sharks last week, putting pen to paper on a new four-year deal. Drafted 17th overall by the Sharks in 2012, the Praha, Czech Republic-native is coming off a 2017-18 campaign that saw him set a new regular season high for goals with 22, before pacing the Sharks in playoff goals with 6 (in 10 games). Despite the fact that he will be entering his 6th NHL season, the 23-year-old center is only just hitting the prime of his career, and Sharks’ management believe the best is yet to come for the talented player.

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Hertl named 2nd star in Sharks’ triumph May 03, 2018

Tomas Hertl played a key role in the San Jose Sharks defeat of the Vegas Golden Knights last night, guiding them to a 4-0, shutout win. The Prague-native, who would eventually go on to be named the second star of the contest, tallied his 5th goal of the postseason, along with 3 shots on net, 2 hits and one blocked shot. The versatile forward has been excellent in the Stanley Cup Playoffs to date, registering 7 points (5 goals, 2 assists) in 8 games played.

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Hertl and Kane lead the charge in Sharks’ romp April 17, 2018

The San Jose Sharks took a commanding 3-0 lead in their best-of-seven, first round series last night, steamrolling the Anaheim Ducks by a score of 8-1. Tomas Hertl and Evander Kane both scored in the win, their second and third goals of the playoffs, respectively. Besides scoring in a second consecutive game, Hertl put in a dominating performance in the faceoff circle, winning an impressive 67% (14 for 21) of his draws. Kane, meanwhile, continued to be a thorn in the Ducks’ side, registering 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist), 3 hits and another 4 shots on net (he leads the playoffs in this category with 17).

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Kane and Hertl lead Sharks past Blackhawks March 27, 2018

Evander Kane and Tomas Hertl both scored last night, as the San Jose Sharks defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in a shootout. Kane, who would go on to be named the 1st star of the contest, scored his 28th goal in the win, while also leading all skaters in shots on net with 10. Hertl, meanwhile, scored his 21st goal of the season, equaling a career-high. With six games left on the schedule, the Czech-born winger is also just 3 points shy of setting a new career-best in points.

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Hertl nets pair in Sharks’ triumph October 28, 2016

Tomas Hertl scored 2 goals – including the game-winner – in the San Jose Sharks 3-1 defeat of the Columbus Blue Jackets last night. After tallying career highs in both regular season and playoff points last year, the 22-year-old rising star has not missed a beat in 2016-17. Through 8 games, the Praha, Czech Republic-native has 5 points, including a team-high, 4 goals.

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Hertl re-signs with Sharks July 07, 2016

The San Jose Sharks came to terms with Tomas Hertl on a new contract extension last week, signing the rising star to a two-year, $6 million deal. Drafted 17th overall in the 2012 NHL Draft, the product of Praha, Czech Republic had a breakout season in 2015-16, tallying career-highs in every major offensive category, including goals (21), assists (25), and points (46). The 22-year-old center carried his good form into the playoffs, where he registered 11 points (6 goals, 5 assists) in 20 games.

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Hertl carries the load in Sharks’ win May 20, 2016

Tomas Hertl was named the first star last night, as the San Jose Sharks came away victorious in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final, defeating the St. Louis Blues 3-0. The product of Praha, Czech Republic finished the contest with two goals, a game-high 4 shots on net, 4 hits and a +2 rating.  Competing in his second postseason, Hertl has recorded new highs in a plethora of categories, including goals (5), points (8) and shots on net (37).

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Hertl sparks the Sharks’ attack in big win February 23, 2016

Tomas Hertl scored the first two goals of the game last night, in the San Jose Sharks’ 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues. The 22-year-old forward is in the midst of his best season to date, having already tied his career-high of 31 points with 24 games left on the schedule. In his last five games, the Czech rising star has registered 4 goals and 1 assist.

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Hertl named 2nd star in Sharks romp January 28, 2016

Tomas Hertl scored the winning goal and added an assist on Tuesday night, as the San Jose Sharks cruised to 6-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche. The 22-year-old rising star has been on fire in the last ten games, tallying 6 goals and 5 assists in that timeframe, to go along with an impressive plus/minus rating of +12.

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Hertl helps Czechs advance to semifinals May 22, 2014

Tomas Hertl scored the vital go-ahead goal as the Czech Republic beat the U.S.A. 4-3 in their quarterfinal clash on Thursday.  The 20-year-old winger jumped on a rebound early in the second period to give the Czechs their first lead of the game. Hertl has been a solid contributor to his team thus far, scoring two goals and assisting on three others in six games played.

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