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NHL PLAYER, Ondrej Palat

BIOGRAPHY

Born Mar 28, 1991 -- Frydek-Mistek, Czech Republic
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning round 7 #208 overall 2011 NHL Entry Draft

He started his career in his native Czech Republic with HC Frýdek-Místek. Prior to turning professional in North America, Palát played major junior hockey in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with the Drummondville Voltigeurs. He was selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 7th round (208th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.  

On October 10, 2011, the Lightning signed Palat to a three-year entry level contract.  

Palat scored his first NHL goal on March 16, 2013, against Justin Peters of the Carolina Hurricanes.    In his first full NHL campaign, Palat finished second among rookie scorers with 59 points (23 goals, 36 points), just three shy of Brad Richards’ team rookie scoring mark set in 2000-'01. Palat had an eight-game points streak from Dec. 23-Jan. 9 and led all rookies in plus-minus (+32). He also won two rookie of the month awards (January and March).   

 

NEWS

Palat signs extension with Lightning July 18, 2017

Ondrej Palat and the Tampa Bay Lightning came to terms on a new, five-year contract extension on Friday worth $26.5 million. The 26-year-old Czech-born winger was instrumental to the Lightning’s 2015 Stanley Cup run, tallying 16 points (8 goals, 8 assists) in 26 games. Since breaking into Tampa’s starting lineup in 2013-14, Palat has registered four straight seasons of 40 points or more, including a career-high 63 (16 goals, 47 assists) in 2014-15.

For more on Palat, keep reading the sportsnet.ca article here

Palat’s performance keeps Lightning within striking distance April 03, 2017

Ondrej Palat played a starring role in Tampa Bay’s 6-3 victory over the Dallas Stars last night, pacing his team with a goal and two assists. The Czech-born winger was a force to be reckoned with on the night, tallying 4 shots, 4 blocked shots, 2 hits and a plus/minus rating of +3. Palat has been a major reason why the Lightning have catapulted up the standings down the stretch. In his last 8 games, he has registered an impressive 3 goals and 10 assists.

For more on last night’s contest, check out the nhl.com recap here

Palat sparks the attack in Lightning’ win February 22, 2017

Ondrej Palat provided all the offence Tampa Bay would need on Tuesday night, scoring the game’s first two goals en route to a 4-1 victory over Edmonton. The 25-year-old winger, who also added 4 shots on net, four hits and a +2 rating, would eventually go on to be named the 1st star of the contest. The Czech-born star has turned on the offence of late, with 5 points (3 goals, 2 assists) in his last 4 games.

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

Palat leads the charge in pre-tournament triumph September 15, 2016

Ondrej Palat scored a goal and added an assist, as the Czech Republic defeated Team North America by a score of 3-2. The Tampa Bay Lightning winger would go on to be named the first star of the contest, in what was the final night of World Cup of Hockey prelim games. The tournament officially gets underway on Saturday, where Palat will lead out his Czech Republic squad against Cup favorites, Team Canada.

For more on last night’s game, check out the ice.wch2016 story here

Kessel and Palat shine in Game 3 of Eastern Conference Final May 19, 2016

Phil Kessel notched a goal and an assist and Ondrej Palat tallied 2 points in a losing cause, as the Pittsburgh Penguins took Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final by a score of 4-2. Kessel is making a case for the Conn Smythe Trophy, as he is currently sitting 3rd overall in playoff scoring with 16 points. Palat meanwhile, has been playing well of late, with 5 points (2 goals, 3 assists) in his last 5 games.

For more on last night’s contest, check out the nhl.com story here

Palat helps Lightning take Game 1 May 16, 2016

Ondrej Palat scored a goal and added an assist on Friday, in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. The 25-year-old winger’s goal was the game winner, and he eventually went on to be named the 1st star of the game. In 11 playoff contests this spring, the Czech star has tallied three goals, three assists and two game winning goals.

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

Palat strikes twice in Lightning win March 07, 2016

Ondrej Palat scored his 9th and 10th goals of the season on Saturday, guiding the Lightning to a club-record, 9th straight victory. The Czech-born winger led his team in shots on net with 4, and eventually went on to be named the 2nd star of the contest. The 24-year-old rising star has been heating up of late, tallying 4 goals and an assist in his last five games.

For more on Palat and Saturday’s game, keep reading the nhl.com story here

Palat, Stamkos and Namestnikov propel Lightning to win January 20, 2016

Ondrej Palat was named the first star last night, as the Tampa Bay Lightning hung on for a 6-4 win against the Edmonton Oilers. The Czech-born winger registered a goal and an assist in the contest, and a plus/minus rating of +1. His linemates Steven Stamkos and Vladislav Namestnikov also contributed to the scoring, with the former tallying two assists and the latter a goal and an assist.

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

Stamkos and linemates guide Lightning to win January 13, 2016

A line consisting of Steven Stamkos, Ondrej Palat and Vladislav Namestnikov provided all the firepower that the Lightning needed last night, in their 4-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche. Stamkos was named the first star of the contest, scoring twice and leading all players in shots with 7. Palat was equally productive, scoring a goal and adding two assists, while finishing the game with a plus/minus of +3. As for Namestnikov, his two assists pushed his point streak to three games. In that timeframe, the Russian rising star has five points and a plus/minus rating of +7.

For more on Tampa Bay’s win, keep reading the nhl.com story here

Palat stars in Tampa Bay’s Game 3 win June 09, 2015

Ondrej Palat scored the tying goal last night, and the Tampa Bay Lightning went on to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks by a score of 3-2. After falling behind 2-1 early in the third period, the Lightning struck back immediately through Palat, who jammed home his 8th goal of the playoffs just 13 seconds later. The 24-year-old winger has been a clutch performer all postseason for the Lightning, with six of his eight goals coming in the third period of mostly tight games.

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

Palat guides Lightning into Stanley Cup Finals June 01, 2015

Ondrej Palat scored the insurance goal on Friday night, as the Tampa Bay Lightning held on for a 2-0 win over the New York Rangers, booking their spot in the Stanley Cup Finals in the process. The Czech-born star has been one of the most dynamic players of the NHL Playoffs this year, lighting the lamp on seven occasions while adding eight assists. He has the best shooting percentage of the remaining players in the Playoffs, scoring at a rate of 25.9%.

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

Palat provides spark in Lightning win May 21, 2015

Ondrej Palat was named the second star last night, as the Tampa Bay Lightning erased an early 2-0 deficit to defeat the New York Rangers by a score of 6-5 in overtime. The Czech-born rising star, who is currently riding a four-game point streak, scored two goals and added an assist in the contest. The 24-year-old has been one of the best players for the Lightning this postseason, registering 13 points (six goals, seven assists) and an NHL-best four power play goals.

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

Palat guides Lightning to big win April 10, 2015

Ondrej Palat was named the third star last night, as the Tampa Bay Lightning took down the New Jersey Devils by a score of 4-3. The Czech-product was instrumental in the victory, setting up three of the team’s four goals.  The win gave the Lightning a chance of securing the second best record in the Eastern Conference, with one game remaining on the schedule. As for Palat, he goes into the season finale with new career-highs in assists (47) and points (63).

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

Palat proving rookie season was no fluke February 23, 2015

After taking the league by storm in his rookie campaign, Tampa Bay Lightning star Ondrej Palat has carried his excellent play into this season. The 23-year-old Czech winger has continued to improve in all aspects of his game, and has even entered the Selke Trophy conversation, the award handed out to the best two-way forward in the NHL. Currently on a five-game point streak (4 goals, 3 assists), Palat has proven to be as good offensively as he has been defensively.  Through 58 games, he has 15 goals (including 5 game winners), 32 assists, and a plus/minus rating of +27 (5th best in the league).

On Saturday night, Palat was named the first star of the contest, scoring two goals, including the game-winner, in the Lightning’s 4-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes. 

For more on the Lightning’s win, check out the nhl.com recap here

For more on Palat and his two-way game, check out the prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com piece here

Palat guides Lightning to easy win January 01, 2015

Ondrej Palat and his Tampa Bay linemates proved too much for the Sabres to handle last night, as the Lightning cruised to a 5-1 victory. The 23-year-old Czech winger was a menace to Buffalo’s defence all night long, scoring once while adding three assists and a +/- rating of +4. He went on to be named the first star of the contest. The second year star has been hot of late, tallying eight points (1 goal, 7 assists) in his last 4 games.

For more on Palat, keep reading the nhl.com article here

Palat rewarded for breakout rookie campaign June 09, 2014

After being named one of the finalists for the Calder Trophy (NHL rookie of the year), Ondrej Palat was re-signed by the Tampa Bay Lightning today, inking a three-year deal. The 23-year-old had a fantastic 2013-2014 season, scoring 23 goals and 39 assists with a +/- rating of +32. He was equally productive in the playoffs, netting twice and adding an assist in just 3 games played.

For more on Palat, keep reading the lightning.nhl.com story here.