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NHL PLAYER, Tomas Hertl

BIOGRAPHY

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.

NEWS

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.

For more on Hertl, check out the nhl.com recap here

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.

For more on Hertl, check out the nhl.com story here

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).

For more on last night’s game, keep reading the nhl.com recap here

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.

For more on last night’s contest, keep reading the nhl.com piece here.

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.

For more on the Sharks victory, keep reading the nhl.com recap here

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.

For more on today’s game, keep reading the theprovince.com article here