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Boris Valabik

Boris Valabik  #3

Defenseman
NUMBER: 3 BIRTHDATE: February 14, 1986
HEIGHT: 6' 7" BIRTHPLACE: Nitra, Slovakia
WEIGHT: 255 DRAFTED: ATL / 2004 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 1st   (10th overall)
OHL All-Rookie Team (2004) Canadian Major Junior All-Rookie Team (2004) Missed majority of 2009-10 due to ankle injury in practice, October 5, 2009 and knee injury at Washington, February 5, 2010. Traded to Boston by Atlanta with Rich Peverley for Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart, February 18, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, July 3, 2011. Missed majority of 2011-12 due to knee injury in Pittsburgh practice, October 3, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Brno (CzRep), August 14, 2012.
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That's a really tough thing to play through; when you finally are thrown out there, the game is fast, intense, every single play matters, you've got to find a way to play through that and make smart plays. So it's a huge testament to [Vermette] and some other individuals in our locker room that are putting their own ego, their own wants and needs aside, and are ready for those opportunities when they do come.

— Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on teammate Antoine Vermette, who returned from being a healthy scratch in Game 3 to score the double-overtime winner in Game 4