North American Skater
Libor
Hajek
POSITION: D
SHOOTS: Left
HEIGHT: 6' 2"
Weight: 196
Born: 02/04/1998
Mid Term Rank: 26
Nationality: Czech
Club: Saskatoon
League: WHL

• The second overall selection in the 2015 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft collected 3-23—26 in 69 contests in 2015-16 to lead Saskatoon Blades rookies in assists and points.

• Before moving to North America, Hajek won a bronze medal with HC Kometa Brno of the Czech Extraliga in 2014-15, splitting the season between the club’s professional and juniors teams. He also captured gold and silver medals with the organization in 2012-13 and 2013-14, respectively.

• Hajek made the decision to join the Blades after hearing positive reviews of the organization from Prince Albert Raiders forward and close friend Simon Stransky (No. 48 NA Skater). Stransky’s brother, Matej Stransky, played with Saskatoon from 2010-13 and has skated the past three seasons with the Dallas Stars’ American Hockey League affiliate.

• The Smrcek, Czech Republic native represented his country at the last two editions of the Ivan Hlinka Memorial, earning a silver medal in 2014. He also competed at the 2015 and 2016 Under-18 World Championships and 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

• He lists Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty as his favorite NHL player.

GETTING TO KNOW LIBOR...

My go-to karaoke choice is: Czech group
The celebrity that always makes me laugh is: Jim Carrey
The app I spend way too much time on is: Viber
At an all-you-can-eat buffet I go straight for the: Sushi
The coolest person I've ever met is: My Father
The athlete I admire most is: Rafael Nadal
If I could be one person for a day it would be: Justin Bieber
One thing people don't usually know about me is: I like singing
I am inspired by: My Father
I am afraid of: Spiders, snakes
I dream of: Playing in the NHL