VEGAS (June 1, 2017) - Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee announced today, June 1, that the team has signed Czech Republic free agent forward Tomas Hyka (pronounced "TOE-mas HEE-kah") to an entry-level contract.
The 24-year-old forward joins the Golden Knights after most recently playing for his hometown club of Mlada Boleslav in the Czech Extraliga. Last season, Hyka skated in 48 regular-season games and led his team in goals (17), assists (21) and points (38). During the 2015-16 season, he was again among the team scoring leaders as he tallied 30 points on 12 goals and 18 assists. The 30 points were tied for the second highest on the club. In 130 career regular-season games with Mlada Boleslav, he scored 37 goals with 42 assists for a total of 79 points. He also registered nine goals and three assists in 24 postseason contests.
Prior to his most recent stint in the Czech league, he skated with the Gatineau Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League from 2011-2013 and Farjestads BK Karlstad of the Swedish Elite League during the 2013-14 season. He has twice represented Team Czech Republic at the World Junior Championships.
The 5'11, 174-pound forward was selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the sixth round (171st overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
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