Player Profile – David Honzik

Player Information:

Name: David Honzik
Position: Goaltender
Birthdate / Junior Age: 1993-08-09 / 19
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 213
Birthplace: Tabor, Czech Republic
Hometown: Tabor, Czech Republic

Drafted by the Victoriaville Tigres at the 2010 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft in round one, 33rd overall.

Drafted by the Vancouver Canucks at the 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft in round three, 71st overall.

David was traded to the Screaming Eagles on June 8th 2012 from Victoriaville in exchange for a fourth round pick at the 2013 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Entry Draft.

Statistics & Records:

– Regular Season – Victoriaville – GP: 36 – Record: 17-12-0-1 – G.A.A.: 3.54 – SV%: .884

2011 – Post Season – Victoriaville – GP: 9 – Record: 5-3-1-0 – G.A.A.: 3.28 – SV%: .919
2011-12 – Regular Season – Victoriaville – GP: 43 – Record: 22-14-1-1 – G.A.A.: 3.49 – SV%: 885
2012 – Post Season – Victoriaville – GP: 3 – Record: 0-2-0-0 – G.A.A.: 5.33 – SV%: .804

Current stats as of Wednesday, November 7th 2012 – 2012-13 – Regular Season – Cape Breton – GP: 0 – Record: 0-0-0-0 – G.A.A.: 0.00 – SV%: .000.

Q & A With David Honzik:

Q1: Tell us about your Minor Hockey career in the Czech Republic.

A1: I start my hockey career in my hometown for Milevsko, where I played until I was 13-years-old. I later moved to play for Karlovy Vary until I was 16-years-old.

Q2: You were drafted by the Victoriaville Tigres at the 2010 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft in round one, 33rd overall. Tell us about your time in Victoriaville.

A2: I had a great time in Victoriaville. My first season in Victoriaville went pretty well. In my second season with the Tigres we had a huge disappointment in the playoffs because we had a great team, however that’s hockey and life goes on.

Q3: You played in the 2011 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, where you faced players such as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jonathan Huberdeau and Sven Bartschi. Tell us what it was like playing against those highly-talented players.

A3: Playing in Canadian Hockey League Top Prospects Game was a great experience and big wake up call for me that season. Playing against those guys made me concentrate more on the game because you can not be soft against these guys.

Q4: You were drafted by the Vancouver Canucks at the 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft in round three, 71st overall. What were your thoughts on being drafted by the Canucks? What was running through your mind when the Canucks made their selection?

A4: It was a great feeling to be drafted by Canucks. They went to Stanley Cup Finals that year so I was very happy. It is a great organization and Vancouver is a beautiful city.

Q5: You were traded to the Screaming Eagles on June 8th 2012. What were your thoughts on being delt to Cape Breton? Were you glad to become a Screaming Eagle?

A5: My first thought was Marc-Andre Fleury and Ondrej Pavelec.  Both goaltenders are a big reason why I am glad to be a Screaming Eagle.

Q6: During the off-season you had shoulder surgery. How did you injury your shoulder and how is the rehab going thus far?

A6: It happened during last season, however I can not say how. I found out after the season when I went to see a doctor. the rehab is going pretty good to this point.

Q7: Tell us about your home country of the Czech Republic. Is the style of hockey any different here then there?

A7: The Czech Republic is a small country in middle of Europe. We have a little over 10 million people living in the country. The capital city is Prague and it is a  wonderful place. The style of hockey is obviously different, we have a bigger ice surface so there is more space to show skills and combination,  however for me as a goalie the smaller ice the better.

Q8: How do you prepare on game day?

A8: My preparation is nothing special. I have a good meal, take a little nap, take a shower, suit up,  put my headphones in and play some music and just start concentrating on the game.

Q9: Who is the one person you would like to thank for getting you where you are today with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles? Why?

A9: There is not only one person, obviously my parents and all the coaches I had in Minor Hockey and Midget I would like to thank. I was always a starting goalie and I am thankful that they gave me the opportunity to play a lot and improve my game.

Q10: What is one thing you like about Cape Breton?

A10: The one thing I like about Cape Breton is the people are very friendly.

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