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Islanders sign KHL star Jan Kovar

July 9, 2018 From New York Islanders
Maxim Noreau (56), of Canada, collides with Jan Kovar (43), of the Czech Republic, during the first period of the men's bronze medal hockey game at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. AP Photo/Julio Cortez
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The New York Islanders announced today that forward Jan Kovar has agreed to terms on a one-year contract. 

Kovar, 28, played the last five seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League with Magnitogorsk Metallurg, averaging over a point per game with 286 points (97 goals and 189 assists) in 285 games played. He matched career years in the 2013-14 (54 games played) and 2014-15 season (60 games played) with 68 points.

Prior to his years in the KHL, Kovar played for Plzen HC in the Czech Extraliga. The Pisek, Czech Republic native scored 162 points (60 goals and 102 assists) in 236 games played. His final two seasons (2011-12 and 2012-13) he scored 51 points in 52 games. 

Kovar has represented Czech Republic internationally at five World Championships (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013), scoring 19 points (six goals and 13 assists) in 42 games. In 2008, he played on the World Junior Championship team for Czech Republic and scored over a point per game with eight (one goal and seven assists) in five games.

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