Boris Valábik

Boris Valábik
Born (1986-02-14) February 14, 1986
Nitra, CS
Height 6 ft 7 in (201 cm)
Weight 245 lb (111 kg; 17 st 7 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
Slovakia team
Former teams
ŠHK 37 Piešťany
Atlanta Thrashers
National team  Slovakia
NHL Draft 10th overall, 2004
Atlanta Thrashers
Playing career 2006present

Boris Valábik (born February 14, 1986) is a Slovak professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for Coventry Blaze in the Elite Ice Hockey League. Valabik was drafted in the first round, tenth overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Atlanta Thrashers.

Junior hockey

Kitchener Rangers (2003–2006)

After playing the 2002–03 season with HC Nitra U-20 team in his hometown of Nitra, Valábik was drafted by the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) in the first round, 48th overall, in the 2003 CHL Import Draft.

Valábik played in his first career OHL game on September 19, 2003, as he was held pointless in a 10–4 victory over the Plymouth Whalers. He earned his first career OHL point on October 17, 2003, an assist in a 6–2 loss to the Owen Sound Attack. Valábik scored his first career OHL goal on November 7, 2003, against Josh Disher of the Erie Otters in an 8–1 win. He finished the 2003–04 season with three goals and 16 points in 68 games, as well as accumulating 118 penalty minutes, helping the Rangers make the playoffs. In the post-season, however, Valábik was held pointless in five games, as Kitchener was eliminated by the Plymouth Whalers in the Western Conference quarter-finals. After the season, Valábik was named to the OHL All-Rookie Team.[1]

Valábik struggled offensively in the 2004–05 season, as he earned only four assists in 43 games during the season, as well as recording 231 penalty minutes. In 15 playoff games, Valabik was held off the scoresheet, as the Rangers eventually lost to the London Knights in the Western Conference finals.

He returned to Kitchener for his final season in 2005–06, where in 52 games, Valábik scored a goal and 10 points, as well as 216 penalty minutes, as Kitchener made the post-season once again. In the playoffs, Valábik recorded two assists in five games as the club lost to the Owen Sound Attack in the Western Conference quarter-finals.

Professional career

Atlanta Thrashers (2004–2011)

Valábik was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the first round, 10th overall, at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft held in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Thrashers, however, sent Valábik back to his junior team, the Kitchener Rangers, for the 2004–05 and the 2005–06 seasons. On March 30, 2006, Valábik signed an entry level contract with Atlanta.

The Thrashers assigned Valábik to the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League (AHL) for the 2006–07 season. He played in his first career AHL game on October 7, 2006, also registering his first point, an assist, in a 5–0 win over the Peoria Rivermen. In his next game, on October 13, Valabik scored his first career AHL goal against Karl Goehring of the Milwaukee Admirals in a 7–5 victory. He finished the season playing in 50 games with Chicago, scoring two goals and nine points, helping the Wolves clinch a playoff spot. In the post-season, Valábik had an assist in eight games, as the Wolves lost to the Iowa Stars in the West Division finals.

Valábik began the 2007–08 season with the Wolves, where in 58 games, he had a goal and eight points. On March 17, 2008, the Thrashers called Valábik up to Atlanta, and two days later, on March 19, Valábik appeared in his first career NHL game, going pointless in a 5–3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. He finished the 2007–08 season with Atlanta, recording zero points in seven games. He was then sent back to the Wolves for their Calder Cup playoff run. On April 26, 2008, Valábik scored his first career AHL playoff goal against Pekka Rinne of the Milwaukee Admirals in a 3–0 victory. Overall, Valábik appeared in 24 playoff games with Chicago, scoring three goals and four points, as the Wolves ultimately won the Calder Cup.

Valábik started the 2008–09 season with the Wolves, and in 11 games, he scored a goal and three points. In November, however, the Thrashers called Valábik up for the remainder of the season. He earned his first career NHL point on December 10, 2008, an assist in a 3–2 loss to the New York Rangers. He finished the season playing in 50 games with Atlanta, recording five assists and 132 penalty minutes. On July 20, 2009 he re-signed with the Thrashers.[2]

Valábik began the 2009–10 with the Wolves. He suffered an ankle injury in a practice before the season, however, and missed the first six weeks of the season. Valábik returned to the lineup on November 20, 2009, and would play in six games with Chicago, earning no points, before being called up to Atlanta again. With the Thrashers, he appeared in 23 games, earning two assists. His 2009–10 season, however, ended in early February, as Valabik torn his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).

On October 15, 2010, the Thrashers placed Valábik on waivers, which he cleared, allowing him to be sent back to the Wolves. In 49 games with Chicago, he had nine assists. On February 18, 2011, the Thrashers traded Valábik and forward Rich Peverley to the Boston Bruins for forward Blake Wheeler and defenceman Mark Stuart.[3]

Boston Bruins (2010–2011)

Valábik finished the 2010–11 season with the Boston Bruins' AHL affiliate, the Providence Bruins. In 10 games with Providence, he had two assists. After the season, Valábik became an unrestricted free agent.

Pittsburgh Penguins (2011–2012)

On July 3, 2011, Valábik signed a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He suffered a knee injury at a Penguins practice on October 3, however, and on November 2, the Penguins placed Valábik on waivers. He cleared waivers and was assigned to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the Penguins' AHL affiliate. He would only play in three games for the club in the 2011–12 season, earning no points. After the season, Valábik once again became a free agent.

HC Kometa Brno (2012–2013)

Valábik signed with HC Kometa Brno of the Czech Extraliga on August 14, 2012. In 29 games, he had a goal and three points. Valábik then asked for his release in early January.

Portland Pirates (2012–2013)

Valábik signed with the Portland Pirates of the AHL on January 11, 2013, where in 24 games, he had two goals and six points, helping the team reach the playoffs. He appeared in one playoff game, being held off the scoresheet, while earning 17 penalty minutes, as the Pirates lost to the Syracuse Crunch in the Eastern Conference quarter-finals.

Coventry Blaze

Valabik signed for the Coventry Blaze at the start of the 2015-2016 season.[4] He was promptly named an Alternate Captain .

Awards and achievements

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 Nitra SVK Jr. 46 2 12 14 145
2003–04 Kitchener Rangers OHL 68 3 12 15 278 5 0 0 0 8
2004–05 Kitchener Rangers OHL 43 0 4 4 231 15 0 0 0 56
2005–06 Kitchener Rangers OHL 36 1 5 6 138
2006–07 Chicago Wolves AHL 50 2 7 9 184 8 0 1 1 37
2007–08 Chicago Wolves AHL 58 1 7 8 229 24 3 1 4 71
2007–08 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 7 0 0 0 42
2008–09 Chicago Wolves AHL 11 1 2 3 21
2008–09 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 50 0 5 5 132
2009–10 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 23 0 2 2 36
2009–10 Chicago Wolves AHL 6 0 0 0 10
2010–11 Chicago Wolves AHL 49 0 9 9 165
2010–11 Providence Bruins AHL 10 0 2 2 24
2011–12 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 3 0 0 0 7
NHL totals 80 0 7 7 210


Medal record
Representing  Slovakia
World Junior U18 Championships
2003 YaroslavlIce hockey
Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
2003 Slovakia WJC18 7 1 0 1 34
2004 Slovakia WJC18 6 0 3 3 26
2005 Slovakia WJC 6 0 1 1 20
2006 Slovakia WJC 6 1 5 6 32
2009 Slovakia WC 6 0 0 0 16
Junior int'l totals 25 2 9 11 112
Senior int'l totals 6 0 0 0 16


Preceded by
Braydon Coburn
Atlanta Thrashers first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Alex Bourret
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