It’s been a while since we’ve discussed Czechs and Slovaks in the Flyers’ system. Today, we’re going to talk about Petr Hubacek, who played only six games with the Flyers but is well known in Europe and has a bit of success with various teams during his career, including the Czech national team.
Petr Hubacek was born in Brno and started his career in 1998 with HC Vitkovice, one of the best Extraliga teams during the 90’s. He played there only for two seasons, recording 27 points (11 goals and 16 assists) during a 73-game span.
The Flyers selected him in the ninth round (243rd overall) off the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. His tenure with the Flyers organization was only a short one. As mentioned earlier, he played only six games and recorded one goal and two penalty minutes. He spent most of those two seasons with the Phantoms, where he played 84 games with a record of 19 points (4G,15A).
The Milwaukee Admirals were his last stop of his North American campaign, after which he came back to Vitkovice, Czech Republic. Hubacek eventually blossomed into a very good defensive-minded forward, whose best season was 2005-2006, in which he scored 40 points (17G, 23A). Petr also tried the KHL in Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk, where he scored three goals and added five assists in 35 games during the 2008-2009 season. Then, he left Russia for the Czech Republic and joined Vitkovice for the third time.
In 2010 Vitkovice traded Petr to Kometa Brno. Throughout the 2011-2012 season, Hubacek left Kometa for JYP Jyvaskyla and won the SM-liiga. Jyvaskyla extended their contract with Petr in the summer of 2012 for another two years. Since 2005, he’s been a part of the Czech national team during almost every tournament. Hubacek won three medals at World Championship – gold in 2010, silver in 2006 and bronze in 2011.