NHL PLAYER, Bo Horvat
Born Apr 05, 1995 -- London, Ontario, Canada
Selected by Vancouver Canucks round 1 #9 overall 2013 NHL Entry Draft
Horvat was born in London, Ontario,to Tim and Cindy Horvat. His father is a former hockey player who also played major junior with the London Knights,while his younger brother, Cal, also plays hockey.
In the summer following his midget season, Horvat was selected 9th overall by the London Knights in the 2011 Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Priority Selection Draft. Joining the Knights for the2011–12 season, he scored a goal in his OHL debut on September 23, 2011, an 8-0 win over the Saginaw Spirit. Horvat completed his OHL rookie season with 11 goals and 30 points in 64 games, ranking 18th among the league's first-year players. In the playoffs, he contributed a goal and three assists over 18 games, as London won the J. Ross Robertson Cup as league champions. With the Knights advancing to the 2012 Memorial Cup, Horvat scored a goal in three games. London finished as tournament runner-up to the Shawinigan Cataractes, losing 2–1 in the final.
In 2012–13, Horvat improved to 33 goals and 61 points over 67 games, ranking fourth in team scoring. As part of the OHL's annual coaches poll, he was voted as the league's best in faceoffs and shot blocking. He was also recognized for his academic efforts as the Knights' representative on the OHL Scholastic Team. In the post-season, Horvat added 16 goals and 23 points in 21 playoff games, helping the Knights defend their OHL championship. In the deciding game of the finals, Horvat scored twice, including the game-winner with less than a second remaining. Leading the league in playoff goals, Horvat was given the Wayne Gretzky 99 Award as the post-season's most valuable player. Advancing to the 2013 Memorial Cup, the Knights finished as semifinalists, losing to the Portland Winterhawks 2–1. Horvat recorded 2 goals and 5 points in 5 games. With zero penalty minutes, he was named the tournament's Most Sportsmanlike Player.
Entering the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Horvat was ranked 15th among North American skaters by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau, while International Scouting Services ranked him 10th overall among all draft-eligible skaters. He was scouted as a two-way forward who could contribute in all areas of the game, both offensively and defensively. When asked to compare himself to an NHL player, Horvat stated that he tries to model his game after Mike Richards, a Selke Trophy nominee in previous years.
Horvat was taken 9th overall in the draft by the Vancouver Canucks, who had traded starting goaltender Cory Schneider in exchange for the selection. While attending Canada's national junior summer camp, Horvat was signed to a three-year, entry level contract on August 6, 2013.
Competing for an NHL roster spot in his second training camp with the Canucks the following season, Horvat was hit by Edmonton Oilers forward Tyler Pitlick during a pre-season game and suffered a shoulder injury. Upon recovering, he was assigned to the Canucks' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Utica Comets, on a conditioning basis. After five games without a point with Utica, Horvat returned to the Canucks.
Horvat made his NHL debut on November 4, 2014, against the Colorado Avalanche. Six games later, he scored his first NHL goal on November 20 against Frederik Andersen of the Anaheim Ducks. The following game, he registered his first three assists in a 4-1 win against the Chicago Blackhawks. On November 25, the Canucks announced that they would not be returning Horvat to the OHL despite his remaining year of junior eligibility. Despite Horvat's status as a highly-anticipated prospect, Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins admitted later in the season that he had not expected Horvat to compete for a roster spot. Playing on a line with wingers Jannik Hansen and fellow rookie Ronalds Kenins, Horvat earned bottom-six ice time in his first year with Vancouver, averaging 12:15 minutes per game. In 68 games, Horvat scored 13 goals and 12 assists. His regular season play earned him two fifth-place votes for the Calder Memorial Trophy, ranking him 11th among first-year players for the rookie of the year award. During the playoffs, he added a team-high four points in six games during the Canucks' first-round loss to the Calgary Flames.
Horvat was a member of Team Ontario's under-16 team at the 2011 Canada Winter Games. Scoring a team-leading 9 points (4 goals and 5 assists) in 6 games, he helped Ontario to a fourth-place finish. The following year, he captained Team Ontario at the 2012 World U-17 Hockey Challenge to a bronze medal. He scored 4 goals and 7 points in 6 games, including a goal and an assist in the bronze medal game against Sweden. The same year, he was named an alternate captain for Team Canada's under-18 team at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. With 2 goals and 4 points in 5 games, he helped Canada to a gold medal.
During his third OHL season, Horvat was named to Canada's under-20 team for the 2014 World Junior Championships in Malmo, Sweden. After beginning the tournament in an offensive role, centering a line with Connor McDavid and Sam Reinhart, he finished on Canada's checking line and earned praise from head coach Brent Sutter for his defensive play. In seven games, he recorded a goal and three points as Canada ranked fourth.
The following year, the Vancouver Canucks had the option of loaning Horvat to Team Canada for the World Juniors, but instead chose to retain him in the NHL.
Horvat continues to impress in Canucks’ win February 13, 2017
Bo Horvat recorded his second straight two-point performance last night, as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Buffalo Sabres 4-2. The 21-year-old center scored his team-high 17th goal in the contest, and eventually went on to be named the 2nd star of the game. The London-native is well on his way to improving on his 40-point breakout season in 2015-16. Through 56 games, he currently leads the Canucks in points with 38 (17 goals, 21 assists), with 6 of those points coming in the last 5 games.
For more on Horvat and last night’s game, keep reading the nhl.com story here.
Horvat shines during All-Star weekend January 30, 2017
Bo Horvat made the most of his first All-star game selection, delivering highlights in both the skills competition and the 3-3 tournament. After finishing near the top in the fastest skater competition, the young star was instrumental in the Pacific Division’s 10-3 romp of the Central, tallying 1 goal and 2 assists. In the All-Star Game final, his first period goal temporarily stood up as the winner before the Metropolitan stormed back in the second to claim the championship. He would finish the competition as his team’s top scorer with 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists) in 2 games.
For more on Horvat, keep reading the vancourier.com story here.
Horvat continues run of form in Canucks win January 03, 2017
Bo Horvat scored his 11th goal of the year last night, as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Colorado Avalanche, 3-2. The London-native would eventually go on to be named the 3rd star of the contest. Drafted 9th overall in 2013, the two-way center has come into his own offensively this season, registering 26 points (11 goals, 15 assists) through his first 39 games. Horvat has been hot of late, tallying a goal and four assists in his last four games.
For more on last night’s game, keep reading the nhl.com story here.
Horvat continues hot play in Canucks win November 14, 2016
Bo Horvat tallied a goal and an assist last night, as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Dallas Stars by a score of 5-4. The 3rd year NHL pro has been in an offensive groove of late, registering a goal and 4 assists in his last five games. Drafted 9th overall in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, the London-native is coming off a sophomore season that saw him improve in every offensive category, and with 9 points through 16 games in 2016-17, he is well on his way to setting new career-highs.
For more on last night’s game, keep reading the nhl.com story here.
Sutter, Horvat lead Canucks to comeback win October 17, 2016
Brandon Sutter and Bo Horvat both scored their respective first goals of the season last night, as the Vancouver Canucks came from behind to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-3. Down 3-0, Horvat put the Canucks on the board with 7:57 left in the 2nd period. Sutter would eventually be the hero, assisting on Vancouver’s second goal before scoring the overtime winner. He would go on to be named the first star of the contest.
For more on last night’s game, check out the nhl.com recap here.
Horvat leads the way with impressive performance November 03, 2015
Bo Horvat was named the second star of the game last night, as the Vancouver Canucks cruised to a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. The sophomore centerman assisted on the Canucks first goal before scoring the winner midway through the second period. He would finish the game with 3 shots on net and a plus/minus rating of +2.
For more on Horvat and last night’s game, keep reading the theprovince.com article here.