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Boris Valábik
February 14, 1986 (1986-02-14) (age 24),

Nitra, Czechoslovakia

Height

Weight

6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)

245 lb (111 kg; 17 st 7 lb)

Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team Atlanta Thrashers
Ntl. team Slovakia
NHL Draft 10th overall, 2004

Atlanta Thrashers

Playing career 2006–present

Boris Valábik (born February 14, 1986) is a Slovak professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Atlanta Thrashers of the National Hockey League (NHL).


Playing careerEdit

Valábik was drafted first round (10th overall)[1] in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Atlanta Thrashers. After spending three seasons playing in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) for the Kitchener Rangers, Valábik joined the Thrashers organization in 2006, spending the season with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League (AHL). Valábik made his NHL debut during the 2007–08 NHL season and played seven games in total, scoring no points and collecting 42 penalty minutes. He also won the Calder Cup with Chicago.

Valábik selected to wear the number five for the 2009–10 NHL season. Many believe that he selected this number because he graduated high school in 2005. He actually wears the number five because the Roman numeral for five is V, which is the first letter of his last name.[citation needed]

Awards and achievementsEdit

  • 2003–04 OHL First All-Rookie Team
  • 2003–04 CHL All-Rookie Team
  • 2003–04 CHL Top Prospects Game
  • 2007–08 AHL Calder Cup (Chicago Wolves)

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 Nitra SVK Jr. 46 2 12 14 145
2003–04 Kitchener Rangers OHL 68 3 12 15 278 5 0 0 0 8
2004–05 Kitchener Rangers OHL 43 0 4 4 231 15 0 0 0 56
2005–06 Kitchener Rangers OHL 36 1 5 6 138
2006–07 Chicago Wolves AHL 50 2 7 9 184 8 0 1 1 37
2007–08 Chicago Wolves AHL 58 1 7 8 229 24 3 1 4 71
2007–08 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 7 0 0 0 42
2008–09 Chicago Wolves AHL 11 1 2 3 21
2008–09 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 50 0 5 5 132
2009–10 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 23 0 2 2 36
2009–10 Chicago Wolves AHL 6 0 0 0 10
NHL totals 80 0 7 7 210

International playEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Slovakia
World Junior U18 Championships
Silver 2003 Yaroslavl Ice hockey

Played for Slovakia in:

  • 2003 World Junior U18 Championships (Silver medal)
  • 2004 World Junior U18 Championships
  • 2005 World Junior Championships
  • 2006 World Junior Championships
  • 2009 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships

International statisticsEdit

Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
2003 Slovakia WJC18 7 1 0 1 34
2004 Slovakia WJC18 6 0 3 3 26
2005 Slovakia WJC 6 0 1 1 20
2006 Slovakia WJC 6 1 5 6 32
2009 Slovakia WC 6 0 0 0 16
Junior int'l totals 25 2 9 11 112
Senior int'l totals 6 0 0 0 16

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