Lukas Mensator played between the pipes for the Ontario Hockey League’s Ottawa 67’s in 2002-03 and 2003-04. In his first season, he would lead the 67’s into the OHL final where the team would eventually lose to the Kitchener Rangers. The Rangers would go on to win the Memorial Cup.
Despite being drafted by the Vancouver Canucks, Lukas went straight home to the Czech Republic where he has played for HC Energie Karlovy Vary ever since. Karlovy Vary is a city of around 55,000 people at the western tip of the Czech Republic near the border with Germany. Those who watch the Spengler Cup will recognise HC Energie as the team with the bright lime green, yellow and blue jerseys. They have competed in the tournament for the past two seasons but with not much success.
HC Energie Karlovy Vary plays in the Czech Extraligy and were league champions in 2008-09. The team finished 11th in 14 team league this season.
Mensator has represented the Czech Republic on the International scale 4 times. In 2002, he attended the world under 18 tournament. In 2003 and 2004, Lukas backstopped the Czech Republic at the World Juniors. In 2009, he was on the roster for the World Championships that were held in Switzerland.
Lukas Mensator’s profile page on HC Energie Karlovy Vary’s official website can be found here . The site is in Czech, but does have a limited English option.
To view a post on one of Karlovy Vary’s competitors in the league, HC Ocelari Trinec, and the OHL Alumni to be found there, click here.