Martin Havlat (Czech pronunciation: ['marcIn 'havla:t]; born April 19, 1981) is a retired professional ice hockey player from the Czech Republic who played 14 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Ottawa Senators picked Havlat in the first round of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, 26th overall, from the Czech Extraliga. He played for their inaugural season before moving to the Pittsburgh Penguins, where he spent eight seasons and won the Stanley Cup in 2009. After leaving Pittsburgh as a free agent, Havlat signed with the San Jose Sharks on July 1, 2017.
He currently serves as an assistant coach for the Czech national team. Prior to joining the coaching staff, Havlat was an assistant coach for HC Kladno in the Czech Extraliga.
Havlat made his NHL debut on October 4, 2005, against the Montreal Canadiens. He scored his first career goal four days later against Jaroslav Halak of the New York Islanders. In total, Havlat played 82 games over the course of the 2005–06 season, scoring 13 goals and adding 22 assists for 35 points.
The following season, Havlat improved upon his numbers from the previous year with him playing in 79 games and scoring 29 goals and adding 31 assists for 60 points. This ranked him second on the team behind Daniel Briere on the point per game leaderboard.
Havlat was a winger who was well-known for his attacking prowess. With a lethal shot and one-on-one maneuvers, he was a dependable finisher. A powerful, well-balanced skater. The days of fantasy hockey material are dwindling. The emphasis is on the playoffs, BBQs, beaches, babes, boards, and so forth. However, if you search hard enough, you can find players like Havlat who can put up points in bunches. He could be a good pickup if you need some help now but don't want to pay full price for a player who will only play 10 games this season.
When was Martin Havlat born? April 11th, 1983. Ingersoll, Ontario. He is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who plays for the Colorado Avalanche. He has played for Canada at several international tournaments, most recently in 2015-16. He currently holds the record for most goals by a Canadian player in an NHL game with five.
How much does Martin Havlat make? According to www.nhl.com/ice/profiles/player/martin-havlat-704766.htm, Havlat's salary is $4 million per year.
Where does Martin Havlat live? He lives in Toronto with his wife and two children. They follow the sport closely and are always eager to see their favorite player perform well at tournaments.
Is Martin Havlat married? No.
Havlat experienced a shoulder injury in April 2007 that necessitated off-season surgery. Despite a rookie season in Chicago hampered by injuries, he averaged more over a point per game, with 57 points in 56 games. Havlat was restricted to 35 games in the 2007–08 season, scoring 10 goals and providing 17 assists as he battled injury once more.
Sparta Praha signed him as a free agent on January 31, 2005. (Czechia). The Ottawa Senators transferred Bryan Smolinski to the Chicago Blackhawks on July 10, 2006, in exchange for a second-round selection pick in 2008 (Patrick Wiercioch), Michal Barinka, Josh Hennessy, and Tom Preissing. Signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Wild on July 1, 2009.
Hemsky, a native of Pardubice, Czech Republic, began his professional hockey career as a 16-year-old with HC Pardubice in the Czech league during the 1999-2000 season. He moved to North America the following year and played for the Boston Bruins' organization before being selected by the Florida Panthers in the 2001 NHL Draft. Hemsky has since played for the Panthers, Dallas Stars, and Columbus Blue Jackets.
He is currently in his ninth season with the Blue Jackets and will turn 30 in April.
The NHL started allowing players to be drafted at the age of 18 in 1994, but before that they had been allowed to play in their country's junior leagues. The first player drafted at the age of 17 was Aleksei Yartsev of the Soviet Union, who was picked by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. The most recent player born outside of the United States to be drafted into the NHL is Swedish forward Alexander Nylander, who was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second round (34th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft. He will likely become the third player from Sweden to be picked in the draft; Erik Karlsson was selected second overall by the San Jose Sharks in 2009 and Henrik Lundqvist was selected fourth overall by the New York Rangers in 1996.
Havlat suffered an injury against the Vancouver Canucks on May 1, 2013, that sidelined him for the duration of the postseason quarter-finals. On May 18, he returned in Game 3 of the semi-final against the Los Angeles Kings, but was speared 52 seconds into the game by Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa. The hit knocked out two of Havlat's three remaining teeth and forced him to miss the remainder of the series.
Havlat returned for the 2014-15 season and played in 77 games, scoring 36 goals and adding 42 assists for 78 points. He also appeared in all 16 games for Czech Republic at the 2015 World Championships, scoring four goals and providing five assists.
Havlat signed a one-year contract with the San Jose Sharks on July 15, 2015. He made his debut for the team on September 27, in a game against the Vegas Golden Knights. In that game, he scored his first goal as a Shark during overtime. He ended up winning eight games for the team, finishing with 26 points (nine goals, 17 assists). After one season with the Sharks, Havlat opted not to return for another year.
In April 2016, Havlat announced his retirement from professional hockey after nine seasons.
During his career, Havlat recorded 434 points (186 goals, 248 assists) in 516 games with the Chicago Blackhawks, Pittsburgh Penguins, San Jose Sharks and Washington Capitals.
After missing the bulk of the regular season, Havlat had his most productive playoffs as a Senator in 2006, earning 13 points in 10 games as Ottawa was defeated in five games in the second round by the Buffalo Sabres. Prior to that, he had only played in 49 games over four seasons with the Senators, so this was quite a turnaround for him.
Havlat joined the Senators as a free agent on July 1, 2005, after seven seasons with the San Jose Sharks. The Senators acquired Havlat from the Sharks in exchange for forward Ryan Smyth and a sixth-round pick in 2007 (used to select defenseman David Rundblad).
Havlat first put up big numbers in the NHL, scoring 105 goals and 195 points in 402 games with the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche during the 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons. He also won the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie in 1995-96.
After playing two more seasons with Colorado, Havlat signed as a free agent with San Jose on July 1, 1998. With the Sharks, he reached the Stanley Cup Finals in 2001, losing to the New Jersey Devils in six games. That same year, Havlat was awarded the King Clancy Memorial Trophy for his work with charitable organizations in the Bay Area.