Ondrej Pavelec is a goalie on the Czech Republic's men's hockey team. He has played for the NHL's Winnipeg Jets since the fall of 2011, when the second incarnation of Winnipeg's franchise began play after relocating from Atlanta. Pavelec began his NHL career with the since-relocated Atlanta Thrashers in 2007.
- Was on the Czech Republic's Olympic hockey roster in 2010, but did not see any game action.
- Led the Czech Republic to a gold medal at the 2010 World Championships, and a bronze medal at the 2011 World Championships.
- Has also represented the Czech Republic at the 2013 World Championships, as well as the 2007 World Junior Championships.
- Led the Atlanta Thrashers' top minor-league affiliate, then the Chicago Wolves, to a Calder Cup championship in 2008.
Things to know:
1. During the Atlanta Thrashers' first game of the 2010-11 season, he had a vasovagal response, fainting in the net in a game against the Washington Capitals. He returned to the lineup three weeks later.
3. Played Canadian junior hockey for the Cape Breton (Nova Scotia) Screaming Eagles, which is the same team that Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury once played for.