Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jaroslav Halak
Jaroslav Halak was born May 13, 1985 in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia. Selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft 271st overall, Halak honed his skills in his homeland prior to joining the QMJHL's Lewiston Maineiacs in 2004-05.

Upon his arrival in North America, Halak led the Leiston Maineiacs to a respectable 24-17-4 in his first season with the club. The following year Halak joined the Canadiens' ECHL affiliate in Long Beach and led the league in save percentage. After being called up to see 13 games with the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs the previous season, Halak joined the club in 2006-07 and went on to lead the league in GAA through 28 starts with the club. That season Halak made his NHL debut with the Canadiens on February 18, 2007 and won the first of the three games he started in the NHL.

The majority of Halak's 2007-08 season was spent with Montreal's AHL affiliate in Hamilton. However, once the Canadiens dealt Cristobal Huet to the Washington Capitals, Halak took over as full-time backup to Carey Price.

The 2010 playoffs would be a coming out party of sorts for Halak. Given the starting job over teammate, Carey Price, Halak took the Montreal Canadiens on their most unexpected playoff run since 1993. Qualifying in the eigth and final spot, the Canadiens were given little hope against the Presidents Trophy winning Washington Capitals in the first round, but backstopped by Halaks tremendous play in goal, the Canadiens knocked off the Capitals in seven games.

The second round of the 2010 playoffs would provide no less of a test for Halak and the Canadiens. The test came in the form of the defending Stanley cup champion, Pittsburgh Penguins. Once again it was Halak who would figure most prominently in the Canadiens surprising victory.

On June 17, 2010, in a surprising move, Halak was traded to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for prospects Lars Eller and Ian Schultz.

In 2011-12, along with teammate Brian Elliott, Halak captured the William M. Jennings Trophy, awarded annually to the goalkeeper(s) having played a minimum of 25 games for the team with the fewest goals scored against.

Prior to the 2014 trade deadline, Halak was traded along with Chris Stewart, William Carrier, and a first and third round draft pick to the Buffalo Sabres for Ryan Miller and Steve Bernier on February 28, 2014. Five days later, Halak was on the move again, this time to the New York Islanders for Michal Neuvirth and Rostislav Klesla.

Halak would appear in 59 games for the Islanders during the 2014-15 season, posting a 2.30 goals-against-average while recording a career-high 38 wins.

On December 30, 2016, Halak was placed on waivers by the Islanders and was assigned to the club's AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the next day.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
2001-02 HC Slovan Harvard Bratislava Jr. Slovak-Jr. 22 0 1.96 6 6 0 2 1.19
2001-02 Slovakia WJ18-A 7 1 2.59
2002-03 HC Slovan Slovnaft Bratislava Jr. Slovak-Jr. 20 13 3 3 1 2.02
2002-03 Slovakia WJ18-A 7 0 2.00
2002-03 HK Ruzinov 99 Bratislava Slovak-2
2003-04 HC Slovan Bratislava Jr. Slovak-Jr. 29 1.81
2003-04 HK 91 Senica Slovak-2 21 2.61
2003-04 HC Slovan Bratislava Slovakia 12 0 1.66 1 0 8.00
2003-04 Slovakia WJC-A 6 2.33
2004-05 Lewiston MAINEiacs QMJHL 47 24 17 4 4 2.78 8 4 4 0 3.52
2004-05 Slovakia WJC-A 6 4 2 0 2 2.17
2005-06 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 13 7 6 0 3 2.29
2005-06 Long Beach Ice Dogs ECHL 20 11 4 2 2 2.05 4 2 2 0 3.10
2006-07 Montreal Canadiens NHL 16 10 6 0 2 2.89
2006-07 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 28 16 11 0 6 2.00
2006-07 Slovakia WC-A 2 1 1 0 1 2.52
2007-08 Montreal Canadiens NHL 6 2 1 1 1 2.11 2 0 1 0 2.34
2007-08 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 28 15 10 2 2 2.10
2008-09 Montreal Canadiens NHL 34 18 14 1 1 2.86 1 0 0 0 0.00
2008-09 Slovakia WC-A 4 1 2 0 0 3.17
2009-10 Montreal Canadiens NHL 45 26 13 5 5 2.40 18 9 9 0 2.55
2009-10 Slovakia Olympics 7 3 4 0 1 2.41
2010-11 St. Louis Blues NHL 57 27 21 7 7 2.48
2010-11 Slovakia WC-A 6 2 4 0 0 2.54
2011-12 St. Louis Blues NHL 46 26 12 7 6 1.97 2 1 1 0 1.73
2012-13 Lausitzer Fuchse Weisswasser German-2 1 1 0 0 0 0.92
2012-13 St. Louis Blues NHL 16 6 5 1 3 2.14
2013-14 St. Louis Blues NHL 40 24 9 4 4 2.23
2013-14 Slovakia Olympics 2 0 5.13
2013-14 Washington Capitals NHL 12 5 4 3 1 2.31
2014-15 New York Islanders NHL 59 38 17 4 6 2.43 7 3 4 0 2.30
2015-16 New York Islanders NHL 36 18 13 4 3 2.30
NHL Totals 367 200 115 37 39 2.37 30 13 15 0 2.38


AHL All-Rookie Team (2007) William M. Jennings Trophy (2012) (shared with Brian Elliott) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2015) Traded to St. Louis by Montreal for Lars Eller and Ian Schultz, June 17, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Weiswasser (German-2), November 21, 2012. Traded to Buffalo by St. Louis with Chris Stewart, William Carrier, St. Louis' 1st round pick (later traded to Winnipeg - Winnipeg selected Jack Roslovic) in 2015 NHL Draft and St. Louis' 3rd round pick (later traded to Florida - Florida selected Linus Nassen) in 2016 NHL Draft for Ryan Miller and Steve Ott, February 28, 2014. Traded to Washington by Buffalo with Buffalo's 3rd round pick (later traded to NY Rangers - NY Rangers selected Robin Kovacs) in 2015 NHL Draft for Michal Neuvirth and Rostislav Klesla, March 5, 2014. Traded to NY Islanders by Washington for Chicago's 4th round pick (previously acquired, later traded to NY Rangers - NY Rangers selected Igor Shesterkin) in 2014 NHL Draft, May 1, 2014.
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