15 games into the 2014-15 Czech Republic Extraliga season with HC Plzen, Ontario Hockey League grad Michal Dvorak has called it a career. The former Kitchener Ranger has played 703 regular season games in the Extraliga and 81 more in the playoffs. Considering an Extraliga season consists of just 52 games, Dvorak put in a decent career. Michal leaves behind two OHL grads with Plzen, both goaltenders.
Dvorak played three years in the Ontario Hockey League from 1996-97 to 1998-99 with the Kitchener Rangers. Undrafted to the OHL or NHL, Michal saw his first pro action at the start of the 1996-97 season with HC Olomouc in the Czech Extraliga, before joining the Kitchener Rangers.
After the Rangers were eliminated in 1998-99, Dvorak joined the Peoria Rivermen of the ECHL for four regular season and three Kelly Cup playoff games. Those seven games were the only Michal would play in the North American pros. After spending 1999-00 in Germany’s DEL with ESC Moskitos Essen, Dvorak spent the rest of his career in his native Czech Republic.
Michal played for HC Plzen from 2000-01 to 2003-04 and again from 2007-08 to 2014-15. In 2001-02, his 182 penalty minutes over 42 games led the league. Dvorak’s only championship came in 2012-13. Plzen finished the regular season third of 14. The club then reached the finals before defeating PSG Zlin in seven games.
Over his 703 regular season games in the Extraliga, Dvorak scored 96 goals and assisted on 130 for 226 points. Over his 81 playoff games, he scored eleven and assisted on eight for 19 points.
Machovsky played three years in the OHL from 2010-11 to 2012-13 with the Guelph Storm and Brampton Battalion. Matej was a second round pick by Guelph at the 2010 CHL Import Draft, 92nd overall. He was traded to Brampton after just five games with the Storm in 2010-11. He finished his rookie year with the lowest goals against average among first year goaltenders and was awarded the Dinty Moore Trophy. In 2013, Machovsky played two games for the Czech Republic at the 2013 IIHF World Juniors.
Undrafted to the National Hockey League, Machovsky is in his second year with HC Plzen.
Mensator played two years in the Ontario Hockey League, 2002-03 and 2003-04, with the Ottawa 67’s. Lukas was the fourth overall pick by Ottawa at the 2002 CHL Import Draft. He played for the Czech Republic at the 2003 WJC.
Lukas came to the 67’s already an NHL prospect, taken in the third round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, 83rd overall. He has played in the Extraliga since leaving the OHL. In 2008-09, he was named the Extraliga’s best goalie with a 2.51 GAA and .932 save percentage over 49 regular season games. Over 16 playoff games that year with HC Karlovy Vary, Lukas posted a 2.57 GAA and .940 save percentage while leading the team to a championship.
2014-15 is Mensator’s second year with HC Plzen.
The franchise has roots back to 1929. Home games are played at the CEZ Arena in Plzen, Czech Republic, a 8,420 seat venue that opened in 1969. The team won a championship in 2012-13. Previous to that, the last time they were even in the finals was 1991-92. Currently, Plzen is sitting outside a playoff spot in 12th position in the 14 team league.