Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Tomas Vokoun
Tomas Vokoun's NHL debut could best be described as a baptism by fire. The Montreal Canadiens had had a very poor run against the Philadelphia Flyers and then-coach Mario Tremblay decided, in an effort to shake up his team and change their luck, to summon Tomas Vokoun from their farm club and give him the start. The young rookie was no match for the talented Flyers and was lit up for four goals in the first period before being lifted from the game.

His next chance at the NHL would be much better, though. Vokoun was selected by the Nashville Predators in the 1998 Expansion Draft and after Eric Fichaud stumbled in their nets, Vokoun was called up and played 37 games for them. His 2.95 goals against average was the best on the team and he had earned himself a permanent NHL job. Upon his arrival in Nashville, Vokoun went on to see most of the action and subsequently became the number one netminder during the 2002-03 season. In his first full season as Nashville's number one, Vokoun finished with a 25-31-11 record and a 2.20 goals against average before turning in a career year in 2003-04.

One year after being named the number one guy in Nashville, Vokoun surpassed his totals in 2003-04, finishing the season with a 34-29-10 record with a 2.53 goals against average and made his first NHL All-Star Game appearance in 2004. Vokoun was instrumental in leading the Predators to their first playoff appearance in franchise history. However, the young Preds' drew the Presidents' Cup champion Detroit Red Wings who would eliminate Vokoun and the Preds' in six games.

The following season Vokoun would post a 27-12-4 with a 2.40 goals against average and .920 save percentage in 44 games, however the club would fall short of it's goal in the playoffs. On the day of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Tomas Vokoun was sent to the Florida Panthers three draft picks.

In Florida, Vokoun continued his strong play and established himself as one the top goaltenders in the NHL. Despite being one of the busiest goalies in the league, both in terms of games played and shots faced, Vokoun never registered a goal-against-average over 2.68 in four season with the Panthers.

In the summer of 2011, Vokoun found himself an unrestricted free agent. In a move that surprised many in the hockey world, Vokoun accepted a one-year contract with the Washington Capitals worth a reported $1.5 million, well below his believed market value.

On the international stage, Vokoun has represented his homeland at the 1996 World Junior Championships, is a four-time member of its World Championship team (2003, 2004, 2005 and 2010) as well as participated at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games held in Vancouver.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1993-94 HC Kladno CzRep 1 0 0 0 0 6.01
1993-94 Czech Republic EJC-A 5 2.20
1994-95 HC Kladno CzRep 26 3.07 5 4.75
1995-96 Wheeling Thunderbirds ECHL 35 20 10 2 0 3.67 7 4 3 0 2.61
1995-96 Czech Republic WJC-A 6 2 2 2 1 3.54
1995-96 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 1 0 1 0 4.09
1996-97 Montreal Canadiens NHL 1 0 0 0 0 12.00
1996-97 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 47 12 26 7 2 3.49
1997-98 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 31 13 13 2 0 3.11
1998-99 Nashville Predators NHL 37 12 18 4 1 2.95
1998-99 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 9 3 2 4 1 2.44 2 0 2 0 3.22
1999-00 Nashville Predators NHL 33 9 20 1 1 2.78
1999-00 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 7 5 2 0 0 2.80
2000-01 Nashville Predators NHL 37 13 17 5 2 2.44
2001-02 Nashville Predators NHL 29 5 14 4 2 2.69
2002-03 Nashville Predators NHL 69 25 31 11 3 2.20
2002-03 Czech Republic WC-A 7 1 2.16
2003-04 Nashville Predators NHL 73 34 29 10 3 2.53 6 2 4 1 2.02
2003-04 Czech Republic WC-A 6 5 1 0 2 1.14
2004-05 Czech Republic W-Cup 5 2 3 0 0 2.98
2004-05 HC Znojemsti Orli Znojmo CzRep 27 3 2.59
2004-05 HIFK Helsinki Finland 19 11 4 4 2 1.83 4 0 3 0 3.51
2004-05 Czech Republic WC-A 8 7 1 0 2 1.08
2005-06 Nashville Predators NHL 61 36 18 7 4 2.67
2005-06 Czech Republic Olympics 7 3 4 0 1 2.46
2006-07 Nashville Predators NHL 44 27 12 4 5 2.40 5 1 4 0 2.96
2007-08 Florida Panthers NHL 69 30 29 8 4 2.68
2008-09 Florida Panthers NHL 59 26 23 6 6 2.49
2009-10 Florida Panthers NHL 63 23 28 11 7 2.55
2009-10 Czech Republic Olympics 5 3 2 0 0 1.78
2009-10 Czech Republic WC-A 8 7 1 0 0 1.57
2010-11 Florida Panthers NHL 57 22 28 5 6 2.55
2011-12 Washington Capitals NHL 48 25 17 2 4 2.51
2012-13 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 20 13 4 0 3 2.45 11 6 5 1 2.01
NHL Totals 700 300 288 78 51 2.55 22 9 13 2 2.24


EJC-A All-Star Team (1994)
EJC-A - Best Goaltender (1994) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2004, 2008)
Claimed by Nashville from Montreal in Expansion Draft, June 26, 1998. Signed as a free agent by Znojmo (CzRep), September 6, 2004. Signed as a free agent by HIFK Helsinki (Finland), December 20, 2004. Traded to Florida by Nashville for Detroit's 2nd round choice (previously acquired, Nashville selected Nick Spaling) in 2007 Entry Draft and Florida's 1st (later traded to NY Islanders - NY Islanders selected Joshua Bailey) and 2nd (later traded to NY Islanders - NY Islanders selected Aaron Ness) round choices in 2008 Entry Draft, June 22, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Washington, July 2, 2011. Traded to Pittsburgh by Washington for Pittsburgh's 7th round choice (Sergei Kostenko) in 2012 Entry Draft, June 4, 2012.