The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with forward Dominik Kubalík (DAHM-ihn-ihk koo-bah-LEEK) on a one-year contract that runs through the 2019-20 season ($925,000).
Acquired by Chicago on Jan. 24, 2019 from Los Angeles, Kubalík recently competed for the Czech Republic at the 2019 World Championships where he shared seventh among all skaters with six goals and shared eighth with 12 points in 10 games during the tournament. His 12 points shared third for the Czech Republic, trailing only Jakub Voracek and Michael Frolik.
The Plzen, Czech Republic native paced the National League, Switzerland's top tier, with 57 points (25G, 32A) for HC Ambrí-Piotta during the 2018-19 campaign. His 32 assists and 57 points were professional single-season career bests. He added six points (1G, 5A) in five playoff games.
During the 2017-18 season, Kubalík spent time with Ambrí-Piotta and HC Plzen of the Czech Extraliga. In 25 regular-season games with Ambrí-Piotta, he recorded 27 points (10G, 17A), adding a goal and six assists in 10 relegation postseason contests. He netted sixteen goals in 20 games with HC Plzen.
Kubalík, 23, played parts of five seasons (2011-12, 2014-18) with HC Plzen, registering 120 points (74G, 46A) in 162 regular-season games, while adding 11 points (5G, 6A) in 26 playoff games. He led the Extraliga with 25 goals during the 2015-16 season and 29 markers during the 2016-17 campaign.
Originally drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the seventh round (191st overall) of the 2013 National Hockey League Draft, Kubalík played for the Sudbury Wolves and Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League from 2012-14. He was teammates with current Blackhawk, Dominik Kahun while playing for Sudbury.
He played for the Czech Republic at the 2018 Olympic Games and World Championships as well as the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship. In PyeongChang, he notched two markers in five games. Kubalík paced the team with eight points (3G, 5A) at the 2018 World Championships. During the 2015 World Juniors, he captained the Czech team and had one goal in five games.