The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Radim Zohorna to a one-year, two-way contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
The 6-foot-6, 233-pound Zohorna, who is celebrating his 24th birthday today, has played the last six seasons in the Czech Republic's top professional league, the Czech Extraliga, split between BK Mlada Boleslav and HC Kometa Brno. He made his debut as an 18-year old back in 2014-15.
"Radim is a smart player with good hockey sense that uses his big size to his advantage," said Rutherford. "His ability to play all three forward positions will help provide depth to our forward group."
This past season, Zohorna appeared in 56 games for BK Mlada Boleslav, setting career highs in goals (10), assists (12) and points (22). His 22 points were sixth-best on a Mlada Boleslav squad that finished the season tied for third in the league with 92 points. After receiving a first-round bye in the 2020 Extraliga playoffs, they were set to take on HC Plzen prior to the playoffs being suspended.
A native of Havlickuv Brod, Czech Republic, the left-handed shooting forward is a two-time Czech Extraliga Champion, both with HC Kometa Brno in 2017 and 2018. Zohorna was a vital member of HC Kometa Brno's 2018 championship team, where he was tied for sixth on the team with a career-high seven playoff points (3G-4A) in 14 games, which included the opening goal in championship-clinching game.
Zohorna, who went undrafted in the NHL, has recorded 28 goals, 27 assists and 55 points in 173 career Extraliga games. He's tacked on 12 points (7G-5A) in in 30 career playoff games.
Zohorna has two older brothers, Thomas and Hynek, who both currently play in the KHL. Thomas and Hynek were teammates with current Penguin Dominik Simon, on Team Czech Republic at the 2019 IIHF World Championship.