Marek Tvrdon
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Marek Tvrdon


Nitra Slovakia

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4th round (115th overall), 2011


210 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C


2008-09: Marek Tvrdon appeared in just one game for HK Nitra U20 in the Slovakian junior league and did not register a point.

2009-10: Tvrdon played a full season with HK Nitra U20 and was dominant over 45 games. He tallied 25 goals and 31 assists to go along with 90 PIMS.

2010-11: Tvrdon made the jump to North America and the WHL’s Vancouver Giants for his draft year. He stormed out of the gates with 11 points (6 goals and 5 assists) in 12 games before suffering a dislocated shoulder that knocked him out for the remainder of the season.

2011-12: Tvrdon was the second-leading scorer for the Vancouver Giants in his second WHL season and skated for Slovakia in the 2012 U20 World Junior Championship. He scored 31 goals with 43 assists and was plus-one with 62 penalty minutes in 60 games for the Giants. Vancouver finished second in the B.C. Division. Tvrdon scored 3 goals with 3 assists and was minus-four; skating in all six games of Vancouver’s first round series with Spokane. He was Slovakia’s second-leading goal scorer, scoring 3 goals, and had 1 assist; finishing minus-four with 14 penalty minutes in six games. Slovakia finished sixth in the 10-team tournament.

2012-13: Tvrdon signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Red Wings in July 2012 and was off to a fast start for the WHL’s Vancouver Giants before being diagnosed with a blood clot in his arm that forced him to stop playing. In 18 games he scored 8 goals with 14 assists and was +2 with 16 penalty minutes. He was able to practice with Detroit AHL affiliate Grand Rapids during the Calder Cup playoffs but did not appear in any games.

2013-14: Tvrdon began the year with Detroit AHL affiliate Grand Rapids, appearing in one October game with the Griffins with no points nor penalties. He was loaned to the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye and played in 22 games before being returned to junior hockey for an overage season with Kelowna. Tvrdon scored 9 goals with 4 assists and was -8 with 6 penalty minutes in 22 ECHL games. He scored 11 goals with 16 assists and was +8 with 24 penalty minutes in 29 regular season games with Kelowna. The Rockets had the WHL’s best record in the regular season and advanced to the Western Conference finals, falling to U.S. Division champion Portland. Tvrdon scored 5 goals with 8 assists and was an even plus/minus with 14 penalty minutes in 14 playoff games. 

2014-15: Tvrdon joined the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins in December 2014 after opening the season with Toledo in the ECHL. He had points in five of his first seven games with Grand Rapids and has tended to score points in bunches in his first AHL season. Tvrdon score 6 goals with 18 assists and was +7 with 14 penalty minutes in 24 ECHL games with the Walleye.

Talent Analysis

Tvrdon has all the tools and physical stature to be a NHL power forward. He has size and he isn’t afraid of physical play or getting his hands dirty but doesn't play an overly combative game and is inconsistent. He boasts excellent speed, soft hands, great instincts and a scorer’s touch. He has scored consistently at the ECHL level but has been more of a lower line player in the AHL to this point.


Tvrdon spent the first half of the 2014-15 season with the ECHL's Toledo Walleye and has appeared much more ready to compete at the pro level since joining Red Wings' AHL affiliate Grand Rapids in January 2015. As with other scorers who dominate in Europe junior hockey and put up big numbers in major junior, Tvrdon is going through the learning process of developing the supplementary elements of his game. Long-term he projects as a lower line forward with some scoring ability at the NHL level. His game is still a work in progress to this point.

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