Jan Kovar

Jan Kovar

Czech hockey player, forward.
Date of Birth: 20.03.1990
Country: Czech

Content:
  1. Biography of Jan Kovar
  2. Early Career
  3. Professional Success
  4. International Career
  5. Achievements

Biography of Jan Kovar

Jan Kovar is a Czech ice hockey player who currently plays as a forward for the Magnitogorsk Metallurg in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He was born on June 20, 1990, in the Czech Republic and is the brother of Jakub Kovar, also a professional ice hockey player.

Jan Kovar

Early Career

Kovar started his professional career in 2008 with Lasselsberger of the Czech Extraliga. He then moved to HC Plzen 1929, where he played for their farm team and the junior team. In his debut season, Kovar played 61 games and scored 16 points (4 goals and 12 assists). The following year, he became the top-scoring young player in the Czech league, tallying 20 points (5 goals and 15 assists) in 44 games. In the 2010/11 season, Kovar emerged as the team's third-leading scorer with 40 points (19 goals and 21 assists) in 54 games. He also played on loan for Slovan Usti nad Labem in the First League and helped them win the tournament.

Professional Success

In the 2011/12 season, Kovar won his first national medals, securing bronze in the Czech Extraliga. He continued to excel with HC Plzen, recording 59 points (20 goals and 39 assists) in 64 games. The following year, Kovar and his team finally became champions of the Czech Republic, and he was named the best player of both the regular season and playoffs in the Extraliga. He accumulated an impressive 77 points (28 goals and 49 assists) in 72 games.

On April 25, 2013, Kovar signed a three-year contract with the Metallurg Magnitogorsk despite interest from the Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk. He made his debut in the Kontinental Hockey League on September 6, scoring a goal in his first game against Dynamo Moscow. Kovar went on to win the KHL's main trophy, the Gagarin Cup, as a member of the Metallurg Magnitogorsk.

International Career

Kovar represented the Czech Republic in various international tournaments. In the 2008 World Junior Championship Division I, he helped the team earn promotion by scoring 8 points (1 goal and 7 assists) in 5 games. He also played for the Czech Republic's U20 team in the 2010 World Junior Championship, contributing 6 points (3 goals and 3 assists) in 6 games.

At the senior level, Kovar participated in the 2013 World Championship but did not earn any points in 6 games. Since the 2009/10 season, he has been regularly called up to the national team for Euro Hockey Tour matches.

Achievements

Throughout his career, Kovar has achieved numerous accolades, including:

- Bronze medalist in the Czech Republic Championship (2012)
- Czech Republic Champion (2013)
- Best player in the Czech Republic Championship (2013)
- Best player in the playoffs of the Czech Republic Championship (2013)
- Top scorer, assist leader, and goal leader in the playoffs of the Czech Republic Championship (2013)
- Best plus/minus rating in the playoffs of the Czech Republic Championship (2013)
- Gagarin Cup winner (2014, 2016)
- "Most Valuable Player" of the 2013/2014 KHL season (+46)
- Participant in the KHL All-Star Game (2014, 2016, 2017)
- "Iron Man" of the 2016/2017 KHL season (230 consecutive games played)

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