NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Nashville Predators have agreed to terms with goaltender Tomas Vokoun, who began his professional career in the ECHL with Wheeling.
Selected by Nashville from Montreal in the 1998 NHL Expansion Draft, Vokoun was 20-10-2 and ranked 18th in the ECHL with a 3.67 goals-against average in 35 regular season games for Wheeling in 1995-96. He ranked third in the ECHL with a 2.61 goals-against average while going 4-2-1 with a .903 save percentage in seven postseason games for Wheeling.
The 27-year-old Vokoun was 34-29-10 with a goals-against average of 2.53 and a save percentage of .909 in 73 games while helping guide the Predators to their first-ever playoff berth. In the postseason against Detroit, the 6-0 and 195-pound Vokoun had one shutout, a goals-against average of 2.02 and a save percentage of .939. He played in his first career NHL All-Star Game in 2003-04 and set the team record for wins and tied for second in the NHL in games played.
“Tomas was a major part of this team’s success last season and we are very pleased to sign him to a long-term deal,” said David Poile, executive vice president/general manager of the Predators. “Since taking over as our No. 1 goaltender, Tomas has become one of the best young goaltenders in the NHL and he continues to improve each season.”
Vokoun is the Nashville career leader among goaltenders in games (278), wins (98) and shutouts (12) and he is 59-60-21 while appearing in 142 of the Predators 164 games in the past two seasons.
He played for the Czech Republic in the 2003 World Championships going 4-1-1 with a goals-against average of 2.16 and he will also represent the Czech Republic in the World Cup.