Ontario Hockey League grad Jan Bulis suffered a major setback in the early KHL season as a broken jaw has sidelined him indefinitely. Bulis competed in the first ten games of the season with HK Atlant before the injury.
Jan played three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 1995-96 to 1997-98. The final season consisted of just two games with the Kingston Frontenacs. The first two seasons were with the Barrie Colts. Bulis was an original OHL Colt and one of the first two Barrie players to be drafted to the NHL.
Jan’s second season with the Colts was stellar. He scored 42 goals and added 61 assists for 103 points to lead the team in scoring. The 103 points tied him for seventh in the OHL. To date, that is the sixth highest single season point total by a Colt player. The 42 goals are the 7th best and the 61 assists are the team’s all-time sixth best.
Bulis was taken by the Washington Capitals in the second round of the 1996 NHL draft, 43rd overall. If not for Alexandre Volchkov going fourth overall, Jan would have been the first OHL Colt ever drafted to the NHL. He played eight seasons in the NHL with Washington, Montreal Canadiens and the Vancouver Canucks. He left the NHL after the 2006-07 season with 245 points in 551 games. Volchkov played 548 less NHL games than Bulis.
During the 2004-05 NHL strike season, Bulis played for HC Pardubice in his native Czech Republic. His 49 points in 45 regular season games helped the team to the Czech Extraliga championship. The following season, he represented the Czech Republic at both the Winter Olympic Games and the IIHF World Hockey Championships. The team won Olympic bronze and World Championship silver.
2010-11 is Jan’s fourth season in the KHL, all with HK Atlant. He was off to a good start with seven points in ten games before being sidelined.