Monday, June 14, 2010

Eastern Conference Eye Candy: Vladimir Sobotka (Boston Bruins)

This kid is pretty much an "up-and-comer," so there's not alot about him yet on the internet; I gathered what I could ... doesn't take much information to see he's definitely a hottie though (and has great potential - both on and off the ice!)!!

HOCKEY FACTOR:
Sobotka's hockey career began in the 2003-2004 season playing for Slavia Prague of the Czech Extraliga for four seasons in his home country (born in Třebíč, Czech Republic).

He was drafted by the Boston Bruins in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft in the 4th round (106th overall) making his professional debut with Boston's AHL affiliate, the Providence Bruins, on October 6, 2007 and scoring his first [pro] goal (and first [pro] point) on October 17, 2007.  After which he had spent his time between Providence and Boston until this past season.  His first NHL game was November 24, 2007 against the Islanders, earned his first NHL point recording an assist on December 12, 2007 against the Thrashers, and scored his first NHL goal on February 13, 2008 against the Pittsburgh Penguins (Ty Conklin).

As far as international play, he participated in the 2004 World U18 Championships scoring a goal in each of seven games to help them earn a bronze medal.  He was also on the Czech Republic team for both the 2006 and 2007 World Junior Championships.  In the 2007 tournament, he recorded 8 points in six games and was named the Czech Republic’s Second Star by a panel of coaches.

ADORABLE, I know!!
HOTNESS FACTOR:
Vladi is a "smaller" player at 5'10 (give or take an inch ... I've also seen him listed as 5'11 - LOL) and 183 pounds (but see, us shorter gals think anything above our size is tall ... I have ALOT to work with seeing as I'm 5'4 ... its all about perspective, ladies!)!! ; P  But size doesn't seem to matter to him as he can add a little "grit" to the Bruins (I won't add the video because its too painful to watch, but) - he had a really nice "mid-ice" hit on Staalsy during the 2008-2009 season ... although I hate to see that kind of stuff happen to "my" players, I can appreciate a good hit which this one was!!

At the young age of 22, Sobotka is playing with the "big boys" since keeping a permanent spot on Boston's NHL roster after being called up this past season in the middle of October although some would argue (specifically The Bruins Blog) that he wasn't as beneficial to the team as he could've been stating that "too often it looked like he left his game in Rhode Island."  This blog / these posts usually avoid analyzing players and points of the game, but I think it says alot for the kid to be playing at this level regardless of his inconsistencies and others' criticisms ... he's young, just getting his feet wet with his first real taste of the NHL during the 2009-10 season and has plenty of time to get his act together!

he reminds me of one of those guys in the "Backstreet Boys" in this one (Nick Carter ... yeah, that's it!)!!

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I have NO IDEA (or else it would've made it into this post!)!! ; )

3 comments:

Life_As_A_Redhead said...

I thought you loved me Stephanie.

I didn't know you WANTED my heart to stop beating, the breath to be forcibly sucked from my lungs, and my eyeballs to fall out of my head!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HE. IS. GORGEOUS!!!!!!!

sachie said...

Aww yay Vlad!!
I just found out about him during Bostons last game in the playoffs this year, I thought Sobotka was a cool last name and wanted to see where he was from!! And he just keeps getting better everytime I read about him!!!

Lauren said...

Saint Louis Blues player now. He is beautiful but he's got some bad teeth. Then again, he's from Europe....what are ya gunna do?