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Jaroslav Halak | Goalie | #41

Team: New York Islanders
Age / DOB:  (31) / 5/13/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 186
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 9 (271) / MON
Contract: view contract details

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Jaroslav Halak allowed three goals on 38 shots in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to Team Canada in the final of the World Cup.
Team Europe was a heavy underdog coming into this final series, but they managed to hold their own against a much better opponent. They aren't done yet, as they'll have a chance to force a do-or-die Game 3 if they can defeat Canada in Game 2 on Thursday night. For Europe to have any chance of coming back in this series, they'll need Halak to stand on his head. The odds aren't on Team Europe's side. Sep 27 - 11:27 PM

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Jaroslav Halak turned away 37 of 39 shots in Sunday's 3-2 semi-final win for Team Europe over Henrik Lundqvist and Team Sweden.

Halak was simply sensational, bailing Europe's defense on a two-on-one break for Sweden just before Tomas Tatar send them to the World Cup final to face Canada. It'll be a best-of-three series with the presumed-eventual winners.
Sep 25 - 4:17 PM

Jaroslav Halak will guard Team Europe's crease against Team Sweden in Sunday's semi-final.

Halak has turned away 95 of 111 combined shots as he played in all three of Europe's round robin games. He blanked USA, allowed two goals to the Czechs, and stopped 42 of 46 from the Canadians in his only loss. Suffice it to say if Europe can defend their zone well, then their Cinderella story has a real shot of continuing.
Source: Dan Rosen
Sep 25 - 12:32 PM

Jaroslav Halak stopped 42 of 46 shots in Team Europe's 4-1 loss to Team Canada.

Don't let the stat line fool you, Halak was actually pretty good in this game. He made a few key saves to keep his team in the game early. His best save came when he robbed Brad Marchand of a sure goal (click the link below to see the save). The loss means that Team Europe finishes in second place in their group. They'll take on Sweden in the semi-final.
Sep 21 - 11:00 PM

Jaroslav Halak blocked 28 shots in a 3-2 overtime win over the Czech Republic during World Cup action on Monday.

The Team Europe starter shut out the Americans on Saturday prior to backstopping the team to another victory on Monday afternoon.
Sep 19 - 5:58 PM

Jaroslav Halak stopped all 35 shots the Americans sent his way in Saturday's tournament opener, winning the match 3-0 for Team Europe.

Halak was simply sensational, settling in quickly thanks to an early Marian Gaborik tally and forfeiting only a handful of juicy rebounds that his collapsed defense swatted away. Halak even stopped 17 shots in the third, as many as Europe had all game. One could not have imagined a more dominant way to begin the tournament for Halak, and will look to try his hand again on Tuesday against the Czechs.
Sep 17 - 6:18 PM

As expected, Jaroslav Halak will indeed man Team Europe's net against Team USA on Saturday afternoon.

Per coach Ralph Krueger this afternoon, "We're going to be a competitive team here today, and we're ready to look America in the eyes." That starts with putting Halak, Team Europe's best and most experienced netminder, in net against an opponent he could steal one from to kick off the festivities.
Sep 17 - 12:59 PM

Jaroslav Halak will be the starting goaltender for Team Europe in the World Cup.

It's an opportunity for Halak to go into the 2016-17 campaign on a positive note after enduring a rough 2015-16 campaign. He had injury issues that limited him to 36 starts and that helped facilitate Thomas Greiss' rise. Now it looks like Halak would be best described as the Islanders' number two netminder, but nothing is set in stone.
Sep 15 - 6:20 PM

Newsday’s Arthur Staple says Islanders general manager Garth Snow "would dearly love to shed a couple of the onerous contracts he has."

In this market, that seems hard to do. The Islanders have $5.5 million in projected cap space, according to, and they need to re-sign restricted free agents Ryan Strome and Alan Quine. Staple cites Jaroslav Halak (two years, $4.5 million per) and Mikhail Grabovski (two years, $5 million per), though the latter has dealt with concussions, playing 58 games this past season.
Source: Newsday
Jul 2 - 9:25 PM

Jaroslav Halak reportedly needs sports hernia surgery.

It's unclear if he has had the procedure already, but once he does it will take him approximately six-to-eight weeks to recover. Halak missed the last 17 games of the regular season and the playoffs because of a groin injury.
May 18 - 10:10 AM

Jaroslav Halak isn't sure what the Islanders will look like in the crease next season.

Thomas Greiss stepped up when Halak was hurt in 2015-16 and the Islanders like 24-year-old netminder Jean-Francois Berube. The three-goalie system isn't an ideal situation and it is unlikely to continue. "I like it here, but they just have to decide which way they want to go for next season," said Halak. "J-F is a young goalie, Greisser played well all season long. So we'll see." He posted 18 wins along with a 2.30 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage this past season, but he appeared in just 36 contests.
May 16 - 9:29 AM

Jaroslav Halak wasn't able to return from his groin injury before the New York Islanders were eliminated.

The Islanders might have stuck with Thomas Greiss either way, but they never even had a choice in the matter. The silver lining is that Halak appeared to be close to returning, so presumably he should be fine for the start of the 2016-17 campaign.
May 9 - 9:02 AM

Jaroslav Halak (groin) feels close to being ready to return.

He has been skating for a few weeks now, but there won't be any rush to get him back into the lineup. Thomas Greiss has been great in the postseason and the Islanders don't plan to use Halak as a backup yet because he hasn't played since Mar. 8. "It's always hard just to watch the guys from the press box or from home and not able to help," Halak said. "But I think they've done a good job and obviously now I'm just trying to get back. We'll see. Just take it day by day right now. That's all I can do. Hopefully I'll be back soon."
May 2 - 6:39 PM

Jaroslav Halak (groin) was on the ice with the Islanders on Friday.

Halak skated and took some shots. If he's getting close to returning, and we can't say for certain that he is, then it will be interesting to see where the Islanders go from there. At this point the starting job is probably Thomas Greiss' to lose.
Apr 29 - 2:25 PM

Jaroslav Halak (groin) was on the ice Wednesday, but he still isn't back to practicing.

He worked with goaltending consultant Marc Champagne during his session. Halak isn't expected to play in the first round of the playoffs because of a groin injury.
Apr 20 - 5:49 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1John Tavares
2Brock Nelson
3Mikhail Grabovski
4Casey Cizikas
5Alan Quine
LW1Andrew Ladd
2Anders Lee
3Jason Chimera
4Nikolay Kulemin
5Eric Boulton
6Shane Prince
RW1P. A. Parenteau
2Ryan Strome
3Josh Bailey
4Cal Clutterbuck
D1Johnny Boychuk
2Nick Leddy
3Travis Hamonic
4Calvin de Haan
5Thomas Hickey
6Adam Pelech
7Ryan Pulock
G1Thomas Greiss
2Jaroslav Halak
3Jean-Francois Berube