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Radek Bonk
Born January 9, 1976 (1976-01-09) (age 45)
Krnov, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 213 lb (97 kg; 15 st 3 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
Czech team
Former teams
Oceláři Třinec
Zlín ZPS
Pardubice
NHL
Ottawa Senators
Montreal Canadiens
Nashville Predators
KHL
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 3rd overall, 1994
Ottawa Senators
Playing career 1993–present

Radek Bonk (born on January 9, 1976) is a Czech professional ice hockey player who is currently playing for Oceláři Třinec of the Czech Extraliga.

Playing Career[]

Radek began his hockey career playing for Slezan Opava in the Junior Czech league and for Zlin in the Czech Extraliga.

In 1993, he moved to North America with a goal of playing in the NHL. Radek was signed by the Las Vegas Thunder of the International Hockey League (IHL). He became an immediate sensation in the IHL.

By the end of Radek's first season of the North American brand of hockey, he had registered 42 goals and 45 assists for 87 points in 76 games.

NHL scouts noticed him and Radek found himself at or near the top of all the top prospects lists for the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.

Given his young age (17 years old at the time), size and ability to quickly adapt to the more physical style of hockey in North America, Radek became a "can't miss" prospect.

He was drafted third overall by the Ottawa Senators in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft as the first forward selected.

During the 1994-95 NHL lockout, Radek returned to Las Vegas and registered 20 points in 33 games.

Radek's first NHL season was somewhat disappointing and he scored only 3 goals and 11 points in 42 games.

His progress took some seasoning in his first five years of NHL hockey before he emerged as one of the league's most complete forwards by 1999–2000.

Radek went on to play for the Senators for 10 seasons, eventually becoming the team’s #1 center under the tutelage of head coach Jacques Martin.

He originally wore number 76 as a member of the Thunder and in his first two seasons in Ottawa.

Radek switched to number 14 after new general manager Pierre Gauthier implemented a team rule prohibiting players from wearing "vanity numbers" (that is, numbers higher than the goaltenders). His teammate Alexandre Daigle also switched to number 9 from his traditional 91.

Radek's most productive season points-wise was the 2001–02 NHL season when he produced 70 points for the Ottawa Senators.

A skilled player, he was often criticized in the Ottawa media for his lack of aggression despite his size.

On June 26, 2004 (during the 2004 NHL Entry Draft), Radek was traded to the Los Angeles Kings for Los Angeles' third round choice (Shawn Weller).

On that very same day, Los Angeles traded him to the Montreal Canadiens with Cristobal Huet in exchange for Mathieu Garon and San Jose's third round choice (Paul Baier.

During the 2004-05 NHL lockout, Radek signed as a free agent by Trinec in the Czech Republic on September 17, 2004. On January 31, 2005, he signed as a free agent by Zlin.

On July 2, 2007, Radek signed as a free agent with the Nashville Predators to a two-year contract.

On July 22, 2009 (after playing in 969 games in the NHL), it was announced that he signed a one-year contract with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl to continue his hockey career in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

After playing only seven games into the 2009–10 season, Radek left Yaroslavl to return the Czech Republic with Oceláři Třinec in the Czech Extraliga on October 8, 2009.

He posted 17 points in 39 games for the season with Oceláři to earn a two-year contract extension on May 2, 2010.

Career Statistics[]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1992–93 Zlín ZPS CZE 30 5 5 10 10
1993–94 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 76 42 45 87 208 5 1 2 3 10
1994–95 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 33 7 13 20 62
1994–95 Ottawa Senators NHL 42 3 8 11 28
1994–95 Prince Edward Island Senators AHL 1 0 0 0 0
1995–96 Ottawa Senators NHL 76 16 19 35 36
1996–97 Ottawa Senators NHL 53 5 13 18 14 7 0 1 1 4
1997–98 Ottawa Senators NHL 65 7 9 16 16 5 0 0 0 2
1998–99 Ottawa Senators NHL 81 16 16 32 48 4 0 0 0 6
1999–00 Pardubice CZE 3 1 0 1 4
1999–00 Ottawa Senators NHL 80 23 37 60 53 6 0 0 0 8
2000–01 Ottawa Senators NHL 74 23 36 59 52 2 0 0 0 2
2001–02 Ottawa Senators NHL 82 25 45 70 52 12 3 7 10 6
2002–03 Ottawa Senators NHL 70 22 32 54 36 18 6 5 11 10
2003–04 Ottawa Senators NHL 66 12 32 44 66 7 0 2 2 0
2004–05 Oceláři Třinec CZE 27 6 10 16 44
2004–05 Zlín ZPS CZE 6 3 2 5 4 6 0 2 2 8
2005–06 Montreal Canadiens NHL 61 6 15 21 52 6 2 0 2 2
2006–07 Montreal Canadiens NHL 74 13 10 23 54
2007–08 Nashville Predators NHL 79 14 15 29 40 6 1 0 1 2
2008–09 Nashville Predators NHL 66 9 16 25 34
2009–10 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL 7 0 2 2 6
2009–10 Oceláři Třinec CZE 39 5 12 17 60 5 2 3 5 4
2010–11 Oceláři Třinec CZE 50 14 25 39 68 18 6 7 13 24
2011–12 Oceláři Třinec CZE 48 11 14 25 44 5 0 1 1 0
2012–13 Oceláři Třinec CZE 39 14 26 40 30 13 4 6 10 10
NHL totals 969 194 303 497 581 73 12 15 27 42

International Statistics[]

Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
1993 Czechoslovakia WJC 6 4 2 6 6
1996 Czech Republic WCH 3 1 0 1 0
1996 Czech Republic WC 8 2 2 4 14
Junior int'l totals 6 4 2 6 6
Senior int'l totals 11 3 2 5 14

Awards & Achievements[]

  • 1993–94: Gary F. Longman Memorial Trophy (IHL Rookie of the Year)

International Play[]

Medal record
Ice hockey
Competitor for  Czech Republic
World Championships
Gold 1996 Vienna
Competitor for Template:Country data TCH
World Junior Championships
Bronze 1993 Gävle

Personal Life[]

Radek is the uncle of Patrik Bartosak who was drafted 146th overall in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings.

He and his wife Jill Sarcen (whom he met while playing for the Ottawa Senators) have four children: sons Oliver Jaroslav & Cameron and daughters Kennedy Grace & Maya.

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