Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bobby Holik
Hockey may have been in Holik's blood, but he worked hard every step of the way to becoming one of the greatest talents his country had ever known. His father, who could not stand sloppy habits or laziness, was sometimes very tough with him. Whenever young Robert slackened in his duties, his father would take him to a factory gate early in the morning. "If you don't work hard, you'll end up in here," he said. "It is better to make a living doing something you enjoy." That always helped Robert to regain his focus.

Holik gained a reputation for his hard shot and physical style of play. He was also a headstrong player who stopped for no one. Just as Andrea Holik ruled the world's tennis courts in the late 1980s, so the offensive trio of Jaromir Jagr, Robert Reichel and Robert Holik reigned over junior hockey, playing together in the 1990 World Junior Championships. After that tournament all three entered the NHL, but each headed to a different city: Reichel to Calgary, Jagr to Pittsburgh and Holik to Hartford.

Bobby scored 20 goals in each of his first two seasons. In 1992, he was traded to the New Jersey Devils, where he did not ease up one bit. After the Stanley Cup win in 1995 Bobby Holik took a drink of alcohol for the first time in his life.

However harsh he may sometimes appear on the ice, away from the rink he is the quiet, studious type, often reading up on history and the arts. On road trips, he prefers visiting museums and galleries over lying in his hotel room and watching television. A short TV profile of him was filmed at the Thomas Alva Edison museum. In Dallas, on the 30th anniversary of the death of John F. Kennedy, he toured the spot where the president was shot. He also likes fishing and outdoor excursions.

In 1991 Holik had lined up for Czechoslovakia in the World Championships in Finland, but his next international experience did not come until the World Cup of Hockey in 1996. It would be the first and only time he appeared in the uniform of the Czech Republic, as he became a U.S. citizen shortly after the tournament, giving up his Czech citizenship.

In 1996-97 and 1997-98 Holik led his team in scoring, netting a career-high 29 goals in the latter season. In 2000, his checking ability was central to New Jersey's success in the Stanley Cup finals, as the club won its second championship.

After two more seasons in New Jersey, Holik signed as a free-agent with the New York Rangers in the summer of 2002 and went on to play two seasons with the club before having his playing rights acquired by the Atlanta Thrashers in the summer of 2005. In his first season as a member of the Atlanta Thrashers, Holik registered 33 points and missed 18 games with a broken foot. The following season he played all 82 games and helped the Thrashers to their first Southeast Division championship. At the start of the 2007-08 season, Holik was named captain of the Atlanta Thrashers. Despite having his best offensive season in Atlanta in 2007-08, Holik was not re-signed by the club.

In the summer of 2008 Holik signed a one-year contract with his former club, the New Jersey Devils.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1987-88 Dukla Jihlava Czech 31 5 9 14 16
1987-88 Czechoslovakia EJC-A 6 5 2 7 2
1988-89 Dukla Jihlava Czech 24 7 10 17 32
1988-89 Czechoslovakia WJC-A 7 5 3 8 2
1988-89 Czechoslovakia EJC-A 6 3 11 14 2
1989-90 Dukla Jihlava Czech 42 15 26 41
1989-90 Czechoslovakia WJC-A 7 6 5 11 12
1990-91 Hartford Whalers NHL 78 21 22 43 113 -3 6 0 0 0 7
1991-92 Hartford Whalers NHL 76 21 24 45 44 +4 7 0 1 1 6
1992-93 New Jersey Devils NHL 61 20 19 39 76 -6 5 1 1 2 6
1992-93 Utica Devils AHL 1 0 0 0 2
1993-94 New Jersey Devils NHL 70 13 20 33 72 +28 20 0 3 3 6
1994-95 New Jersey Devils NHL 48 10 10 20 18 +9 20 4 4 8 22
1995-96 New Jersey Devils NHL 63 13 17 30 58 +9
1996-97 Czech Republic W-Cup 3 0 0 0 0
1996-97 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 23 39 62 54 +24 10 2 3 5 4
1997-98 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 29 36 65 100 +23 5 0 0 0 8
1998-99 New Jersey Devils NHL 78 27 37 64 119 +16 7 0 7 7 6
1999-00 New Jersey Devils NHL 79 23 23 46 106 +7 23 3 7 10 14
2000-01 New Jersey Devils NHL 80 15 35 50 97 +19 25 6 10 16 37
2001-02 New Jersey Devils NHL 81 25 29 54 97 +7 6 4 1 5 2
2002-03 New York Rangers NHL 64 16 19 35 52 -1
2003-04 New York Rangers NHL 82 25 31 56 96 +4
2004-05
2005-06 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 64 15 18 33 79 -6
2006-07 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 82 11 18 29 86 -3 4 0 1 1 0
2007-08 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 82 15 19 34 90 -14
2008-09 New Jersey Devils NHL 62 4 5 9 66 -2 3 0 1 1 2
NHL Totals 1314 326 421 747 1423 141 20 39 59 120


Played in NHL All-Star Game (1998, 1999) Traded to New Jersey by Hartford with Hartford's 2nd round choice (Jay Pandolfo) in 1993 Entry Draft for Sean Burke and Eric Weinrich, August 28, 1992. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, July 1, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Atlanta, August 2, 2005. Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, July 1, 2008. Officially announced his retirement, May 22, 2009.