Karel Hromas


Beroun Czech Republic

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4th round (123rd overall), 2004


190 lbs.

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Karel Hromas played for his hometown HC Beroun team in the early stages of his career, but joined the HC Sparta Praha system prior to the 6th grade. This season he was promoted to the senior team and was used sparingly on the fourth line. Karel Hromas is a key member of the junior national team of the 1986 borns, having performed at two Under-18 WJCs in 2003 and 2004 just like on the 2004 Under-20 WJC.

Moved over to the WHL during the 2004 offseason.

2007-08: Hromas spent his second full season with HC Sparta Praha, which is a Prague-based team in the Czech Republic’s top hockey league (Czech Extraliga). Hromas is not known for his scoring prowess, which was evident by the fact that he only registered one point in 52 games. However, he displayed the ability to be an effective checking forward by utilizing his gritty style of play and keen defensive awareness.  

Talent Analysis

Karel Hromas' combative in-your-face style of play brought him lots of respect. He displays an above-average aggresivness, shutting down the offensive weapons of the opposition regularly with his huge defensive awareness and sticking his nose into tight corner battles. Hromas isn't afraid to hit and perform in heavy traffic. He emerges as a solid physical presence, utilizing on his solid 6'2'', 189 lbs. frame. Blessed with a tremendous quickness for a big man, Hromas has a good stride and balance. His agility has still some way to go, but Karel's skating is fairly solid. He uses his long reach effectively and is a smart passer. Hromas has a decent vision and hockey sense to go along with a never-give-up attitude. He is always involved in the games, playing them with lots of heart and intensity. On the downside Hromas still needs to further improve his puckhandling skills, he doesn't have the best hands and his variety of shots is also only average. He could work on the accuracy of both his wrist and slap shots, which are released with a good hardness. Won't develop into a scoring threat at the NHL level, but a reliable checking line player.

He returned to the Czech Republic after playing two years of junior hockey with Everett (WHL) so he may be content in staying there.