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Bo Horvat
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Born April 5, 1995 (1995-04-05) (age 24)
London, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 223 lb (101 kg; 15 st 13 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team Vancouver Canucks
NHL Draft 9th overall, 2013
Vancouver Canucks
Playing career 2014–present

Bo Horvat (born Bowie William Horvat on April 5, 1995) is a Canadian ice hockey centre currently playing for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL).

He was selected 9th overall in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing CareerEdit

Early Playing CareerEdit

At the age of 4, Bo played for The West Lorne Comets. At the age of 12, Horvat played peewee for the Toronto Red Wings, winning the all-Ontario Peewee AAA championships in 2008. With 10 points in the round-robin portion of the tournament, he won the leading scorer award.

Living approximately 100 kilometres away from Toronto, Bo was driven into the city every weekend by a teammate's father and practiced separately from the team throughout the week.

By 2010, he advanced to the midget level with the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs. He scored 47 goals and 118 points over 68 games in his first and only season with the team and was named the Minor Hockey Alliance of Ontario's midget player of the year.

At the end of the season, Bo played an additional five games of Junior B for the St. Thomas Stars, a team coached and owned by his uncle, Ron Horvat (Bo's father also helped out with the team). During his brief stint with St. Thomas, he registered a goal and four points.

London KnightsEdit

In the summer following his midget season, Bo was selected 9th overall by the London Knights in the 2011 Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Priority Selection Draft. Joining the Knights for the 2011–12 season, he scored a goal in his OHL debut on September 23, 2011, an 8-0 win over the Saginaw Spirit.

He 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, Bo 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, Bo added 16 goals and 23 points in 21 playoff games, helping the Knights defend their OHL championship.

In the deciding game of the finals, Bo 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. Bo 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, Bo 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, Bo stated that he tries to model his game after Mike Richards, a Selke Trophy nominee in previous years. He was chosen ninth overall in the draft by the Vancouver Canucks, who had traded starting goaltender Cory Schneider in exchange for the selection.

On August 6, 2013 (while attending Canada's national junior summer camp), Bo was signed to a three-year, entry level contract. Following his first training camp and pre-season with the Canucks, he appeared to have made the team's opening roster. After the Canucks made a trade for a pair of centres from the Carolina Hurricanes, however, he was reassigned to the OHL for another season of junior.

Returning to London for his third OHL season, Bo was often rumoured by the media to succeed Scott Harrington as the Knights' next team captain. The decision ultimately went to forward Chris Tierney, while he was selected as an alternate.

Playing in 54 games, Horvat recorded a career-high 74 points (30 goals and 44 assists), ranking third in team scoring to Max Domi and Tierney. He added 5 goals and 11 points in 9 playoff games, as the Knights were eliminated in the second round.

Vancouver CanucksEdit

Competing for an NHL roster spot in his second training camp with the Canucks the following season, Bo 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.

On November 4, 2014, Bo made his NHL debut 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, 2014, the Canucks announced that they would not be returning Bo to the OHL despite his remaining year of junior eligibility. Despite his status as a highly anticipated prospect, Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins admitted later in the season that he had not expected Bo to compete for a roster spot.

Playing on a line with wingers Jannik Hansen and fellow rookie Ronalds Kenins, Bo earned bottom-six ice time in his first year with Vancouver, averaging 12:15 minutes per game.

In 68 games, Bo 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.

During the first half of the 2015–16 season, Bo juggled heightened goal-scoring expectations along with increased defensive responsibility after injuries to Brandon Sutter and Henrik Sedin.

After enduring two goal-scoring droughts of nine and twenty-seven games, respectively, Bo went on a 6-game point streak between January 4 and 15, 2016 during which he scored six goals and nine points. When that streak ended on January 17, 2016, it was tied for the longest active point streak in the NHL.

Bo credited this change to advice from his father to shoot the puck more often, in lieu of bull rushing the net, in addition to increased chemistry with left-winger Sven Bartschi. Horvat ended his sophomore season with 16 goals and 40 points.

On January 10, 2017, Bo was named an All-Star for the 2017 NHL All-Star Game after having tallied 13 goals and 16 assists up to that point.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffs Edit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2011–12 London Knights OHL 64 11 19 30 8 18 1 3 4 0
2012–13 London Knights OHL 67 33 28 61 29 21 16 7 23 10
2013–14 London Knights OHL 54 30 44 74 36 9 5 6 11 4
2014–15 Utica Comets AHL 5 0 0 0 4
2014–15 Vancouver Canucks NHL 68 13 12 25 16 6 1 3 4 2
2015–16 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 16 24 40 18
NHL totals 150 29 36 65 34 6 1 3 4 2

International playEdit

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
2011 Ontario CWG 6 4 5 9 6
2012 Ontario U17 6 4 3 7 6
2012 Canada IH (U18) 5 2 2 4 6
2014 Canada WJC 7 1 2 3 6
Junior int'l totals 18 7 7 14 18

International PlayEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Template:CAN
Ice hockey
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament
Gold 2012 Slovakia
World U-17 Hockey Challenge
Gold 2012 Canada

Bo 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.

During that same year, Bo 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, Bo 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 Bo to Team Canada for the World Juniors, but instead chose to retain him in the NHL.

AccoladesEdit

International AwardsEdit

Award Year
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament Gold Medal 2012

NHL Edit

Award Year
NHL All-Star Game 2017

Team AwardsEdit

Award Year
Most Exciting Player Award (Vancouver Canucks) 2016

JuniorEdit

Honours Year
Wayne Gretzky 99 Award - OHL Playoffs MVP 2013
Memorial Cup George Parsons Trophy 2013

Personal LifeEdit

Bo was born to parents Tim & Cindy Horvat and raised in Rodney, Ontario, Canada. His father is a former hockey player who also played major junior with the London Knights while his younger brother, Cal, also plays hockey.

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