RELEASE: Blackhawks Agree to Terms with Jakub Pour
Czech forward posted career highs in goals (12) and points (16) for HC Plzen last seasonby Chicago Blackhawks Communications / Blackhawks.com
The Chicago Blackhawks today announced that they have agreed to terms with forward Jakub Pour (YA-kuhb POHR) on a two-year entry-level contract that runs through the 2022-23 season ($842,500 salary cap hit).
"It is a hockey dream come true. Every boy who puts on skates wants to start in the National Hockey League one day. I know that I have not reached this goal yet, but by signing the contract I have taken an important step towards it. I'm happier even more that I just signed with Chicago," said Jakub Pour. "Ever since Dominik Kubalík started playing for the Blackhawks, I have been following the club in great detail, the whole organization seems very nice to me. Great players, traditions, great triumphs. I'm excited and looking forward to it.
In the summer, I will prepare myself at home to be 100 percent ready for a new challenge. In Chicago, I will do my best to fulfill my dream of playing in the NHL. I believe it will be sooner than later, but I will be patient. Whether the chance comes after a month or in the second year of the contract, I have to be prepared."
Pour, 22, posted Czech League career highs in goals (12) and points (16) this past season for HC Plzen. He also appeared in two 2021 postseason contests. The Rokycany, Czech Republic native notched 14 points (7G, 7A) in 50 regular-season games during the 2019-20 campaign with HC Plzen.
A 6-foot-3, 198-pound forward, Pour made his professional debut with HC Plzen during the 2017-18 season where he was teammates with current Blackhawk Dominik Kubalik. He shared second on HC Plzen with five markers during the 2019 playoffs. Pour registered 42 points (27G, 15A) in 144 career Czech League regular-season games.
He appeared in five games with the Czech Republic at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship.