|Born||28 March 1991 |
Frýdek-Místek, Czech Republic
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||174 lb (79 kg; 12 st 6 lb)|
|Position||Left Wing/Right Wing|
|NHL team||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|National team||Czech Republic|
|NHL Draft||208th overall, 2011|
Tampa Bay Lightning
He was drafted in the seventh round (208th overall) by the Lightning at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Ondrej began his ice hockey career in his native Czech Republic with HC Frýdek-Místek. Prior to turning professional in North America, he played major junior hockey in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) with the Drummondville Voltigeurs.
He was then selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the seventh round (208th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
On October 10, 2011, the Lightning signed Ondrej to a three-year, entry-level contract.
He then began his professional career with the Norfolk Admirals, Tampa Bay's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate in the 2011–12 season. While a member of the Admirals, the club would set a professional hockey record by posting 28 consecutive wins. Norfolk would go on to capture the Calder Cup as AHL champions.
Ondrej played the next season in the AHL, 2012–13, with the Syracuse Crunch, Tampa Bay's new AHL affiliate.
After a brief call-up to the NHL, he scored his first career NHL goal on 16 March 2013, against Justin Peters of the Carolina Hurricanes. He would later be returned to Syracuse for the 2013 Calder Cup playoffs.
After reaching the Calder Cup Final, Ondrej and his teammates had the unique opportunity at back-to-back AHL championships, despite playing for two different hockey clubs, however, the Crunch would fall to the Grand Rapids Griffins in the Final.
At the end of the season, he was nominated for the Calder Memorial Trophy (awarded to the NHL's rookie of the year) along with teammate Tyler Johnson.
Ondrej (along with Johnson) became the first teammates to be nominated for the trophy since Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks in 2008, but the award eventually went to Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche even though Ondrej was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team.
On June 9, 2014, the Lightning announced that they had signed him to a three-year contract extension. He had 23 goals, 59 points and a +32 plus-minus rating in 81 games for the Lightning in 2013–14. He ranked second among all NHL rookies in points & was third in goals scored.
Additionally, Ondrej became the third Lightning player to finish a season with a plus-minus rating higher than +30.
Regular season and playoffs
|2012–13||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||14||2||2||4||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013–14||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||81||23||36||59||20||3||2||1||3||0|
|2014–15||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||75||16||47||63||24||26||8||8||16||12|
|2015–16||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||62||16||24||40||20||17||4||6||10||14|
|2016–17||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||75||17||35||52||39||—||—||—||—||—|
On January 6, 2014, Ondrej played for the Czech Republic at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, but the Czechs were eliminated at the hands of the United States.
During his first Olympic appearance, he appeared in four games for his country, but he did not register any points or penalty minutes in his four Olympic contests.
On 2 March 2, 2016, the Czech Ice Hockey Association named Ondrej to its roster for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Palát was joined by Lightning teammate Andrej Sustr.
|AHL Calder Cup||2011–12|
|NHL All-Rookie Team||2013–14|