|Date of birth||March 23, 1988|
|place of birth||Ústí nad Labem , Czechoslovakia|
|NHL Entry Draft||
2006 , 2nd round, 34th position
|2015||New York Islanders|
Michal Neuvirth (born March 23, 1988 in Ústí nad Labem , Czechoslovakia ) is a Czech ice hockey goalkeeper who was last under contract with the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League until July 2019 .
Michal Neuvirth began his career as an ice hockey player in his Czech homeland in the youth team of HC Sparta Prague , for which he was active from 2003 to 2006. He was then selected in the NHL Entry Draft 2006 in the second round as the 34th player by the Washington Capitals . First, however, the goalkeeper played from 2006 to 2008 for two years in the Canadian Junior League Ontario Hockey League , where he was on the ice for the Plymouth Whalers , the Windsor Spitfires and most recently the Oshawa Generals .
At the beginning of the 2008/09 season, Neuvirth made it neither in the NHL squad of the Capitals, nor in the AHL squad of the Hershey Bears . Instead, he tried to get a contract with HC Oceláři Třinec in his home country . When this attempt failed, he returned to North America and played for the South Carolina Stingrays in the ECHL . Due to good performance, he was later appointed to the AHL squad of the Bears and got the chance to play his first NHL game after the injury of Brent Johnson .
After he was only used in 13 games in the 2013/14 season , he was given to the Buffalo Sabers on March 5, 2014 together with Rostislav Klesla in exchange for Jaroslav Halák . A year later, the Sabers gave him to the New York Islanders and received in return Chad Johnson and a success-based third-round vote in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft . Neuvirth only stayed in New York until the end of the season when he joined the Philadelphia Flyers as a free agent in July 2015 .
Neuvirth was active in Philadelphia for four years, although he was used significantly less in the 2018/19 season and his contract was not extended in the summer of 2019.
For the Czech Republic , Neuvirth took part in the World U-17 Hockey Challenge 2005 , the U18 World Championship in 2006 and the U20 World Championship in 2008 . At the senior level, the goalkeeper made his debut at the World Cup of Hockey 2016 and came on a mission.
Achievements and Awards
- 2006 bronze medal at the U18 Junior World Championship
Status: end of the 2018/19 season
|season||team||league||Sp||S.||N||U / OT||Min.||GT||SO||GTS||Sv%||Sp||S.||N||Min.||GT||SO||GTS||Sv%|
|2004/05||HC Sparta Prague U20||U20 extra league||10||2.40||92.1||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2005/06||HC Sparta Prague U20||U20 extra league||42||1.96||93.8||3||3.02||89.0|
|2008/09||South Carolina Stingrays||ECHL||13||6th||7th||0||762||29||2||2.28||91.8||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2012/13||HC Sparta Prague||Extra league||24||11||13||0||1342||55||1||2.46||92.6||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2014/15||New York Islanders||NHL||5||1||3||1||306||15th||0||2.94||88.1||1||0||0||11||0||0||0.00||100.0|
|2018/19||Lehigh Valley Phantoms||AHL||1||1||0||0||60||3||0||3.00||91.2||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|U20 extra league overall||52||2.04||93.5||3||3.02||89.0|
Represented the Czech Republic at:
- World U-17 Hockey Challenge 2005
- U18 World Championship 2006
- U20 World Cup 2008
- World Cup of Hockey 2016
|year||team||event||result||Sp||S.||N||U / OT||Min.||GT||SO||GTS||Sv%|
|2005||Czech Republic||WHC||7th place||5||2||2||1||260||16||0||3.69||89.9|
|2006||Czech Republic||U18 World Cup||6th||3||2||1||320||13||0||2.44||92.7|
|2008||Czech Republic||U20 World Cup||5th place||4th||2||2||0||240||10||0||2.50||91.0|
|2016||Czech Republic||World cup||6th place||2||0||1||0||60||6th||0||6.00||88.0|
( Legend for the goalkeeper statistics: GP or Sp = total games; W or S = wins; L or N = defeats; T or U or OT = draws or overtime or shootout defeats; min. = Minutes; SOG or SaT = shots on goal; GA or GT = goals conceded; SO = shutouts ; GAA or GTS = goals conceded ; Sv% or SVS% = catch quota ; EN = empty net goal ; 1 play-downs / relegation ; italics : statistics not complete)
- Michal Neuvirth in the database of the National Hockey League (English)
- Michal Neuvirth at eliteprospects.com (English)
- Michal Neuvirth at hockeygoalies.org
- Washingtontimes.com, Neuvirth's odyssey makes another stop
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Czech ice hockey goalkeeper|
|DATE OF BIRTH||March 23, 1988|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Ústí nad Labem , Czechoslovakia|