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Jaroslav Halák
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Halák with the Islanders in January 2015
Born May 13, 1985 (1985-05-13) (age 36)
Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 183 lb (83 kg; 13 st 1 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team
Former teams
New York Islanders
Montreal Canadiens
St. Louis Blues
Washington Capitals
National team Flag of Slovakia.svg Slovakia
NHL Draft 271st overall, 2003
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 2005–present

Jaroslav Halák (born 13 May 1985) is a Slovak professional ice hockey goaltender who is currently playing with the New York Islanders in the National Hockey League (NHL). Halák was the 271st overall pick by the Montreal Canadiens in the ninth and final round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

Halák first played for the Canadiens during the 2006–07 season, and remained with the team until being traded to the St. Louis Blues after the 2009–10 season. He played for the Blues until the 2013–14 season when he was traded to the Buffalo Sabres. Before playing a game with the Sabres, he was traded to the Washington Capitals, whom he only played for in 12 games before his rights were once again traded, this time to the Islanders. He signed a four-year contract with the Islanders in May 2014.


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New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak

Before playing in the NHL, Halák played 9 games with Bratislava in the Slovak Junior league, 12 games with HC Slovan Bratislava of the Slovak Extraliga and 47 games with the Lewiston Maineiacs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).

He was drafted with the 271st overall pick by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Before he played with the Canadiens, he would play for their AHL-affiliate Hamilton Bulldogs.

On May 1, 2014, when he became a pending unrestricted free agent, his rights were traded by the Capitals to the New York Islanders for a 4th round pick in the 2014 Entry Draft. On May 22, 2014, the Islanders signed him to a four-year contract worth $18 million.

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