They played in the Ontario Hockey League eleven years apart from each other. Jan Snopek played from 1993-94 to 1996-97. Jakub Kovar played for just one season, 2007-08. They both find themselves limiting the goals against for HC Mountsfield Ceske Budejovice in the Czech Republic’s Extraliga.
Snopek played all his four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with the Oshawa Generals. In his final season with the club, he contributed 42 points in 57 games from the blue line and helped the Generals to a Robertson Cup victory as OHL playoff champion. The team went on to an unsuccessful attempt at winning the Memorial Cup but Snopek was named to the tournament All-Star Team.
Jan was taken in the fifth round of the 1995 NHL draft by the Edmonton Oilers, 109th overall. In his first pro season, he played two games for the American Hockey League’s Saint John Flames and 34 in Sweden’s Elitserien. The following season he returned to his native Czech Republic and has played in the Extraliga since.
This is Snopek’s second season with Budejovice after a five year stint with HC Pardubice. In his first year with the club, they were Extraliga champions. In his final two seasons with Pardubice, Jan was team captain.
Jakub Kovar played one season between the pipes in the Ontario Hockey League, 2007-08. He split his season between the Generals and the Windsor Spitfires. Kovar was selected to Team Czech Republic at the IIHF World Junior Championships that season, as he was the year before.
Jakub came to the OHL already drafted to an NHL club. Kovar was taken by the Philadelphia Flyers in the fourth round of the 2006 NHL draft, 109th overall. He opted to return to his native Czech Republic after his season in the OHL and is now in his third season with Budejovice. Kovar is the team’s main goalie, playing 80% of the games so far this season.
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