|DRAFTED:||DET: 2009-60 overall|
Career: Detroit's 2nd round selection (60th overall) at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft... Represented Slovakia at the 2010 IIHF World Championships (6GP-2G-0A-2P-4PIM) as well as the 2009 & 2010 World Junior Championships (combined: 13GP-10G-6A-16P-10PIM).
2010-11: Scored his first NHL goal in his NHL debut on 12/31 vs New York Islanders ... Has appeared in 36 games for Grand Rapids (AHL), registering 10G-20A-30P... Has recorded seven multi-point games in the AHL this year, including a 2G-5A-7P performance on 11/29 vs. Chicago (set Grand Rapids franchise record for points in a game, besting Kip Miller's six-point effort from 1/1/02 at Chicago. His four second-period points also tied Jiri Hudler's record from 1/6/06 at Houston).
2009-10: First season of professional hockey. ... Appeared in 58 games for Grand Rapids (AHL), finishing the year with 16G-16A-32P.
Misc: Hockey idols as a youth were Pavel Bure and Steve Yzerman. ... Favorite movie is American Pie. ... Favorite sports besides hockey are soccer and tennis.
|• Playing for Slovakia at the 2009 World Junior Championships in Ottawa is his most memorable hockey moment. Tatar was named Slovakia’s Top Forward after leading his team and finishing tied for fourth overall with 11 points (7-4-11).
• He patterns his game after Tampa Bay’s Martin St. Louis -- “he is smaller than others, but strong with the puck. He has great hockey sense and scoring ability”.
• His parents and older brothers, Marek and Tibor, who play professionally in Europe, have been the greatest influences on his career. They have helped him not only financially, but with skilled advice.
• Watching Slovakia qualify for the World Championships in Sweden was a memorable moment for him – “they played excellent as a team”.