Birth Date: 1/9/1976
Birth Country: Krnov, Czechoslovakia
Year Drafted: 1994
Round Drafted: 1
Overall Choice: 3
Salary 2003/04: $3,500,000
NHLPA PLAYER BIO
Radek Bonk was drafted third overall in the 1994 Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators. He made his NHL debut that season on January 22 and scored his first goal on his first shot on January 27 against the Penguins’ Ken Wregget. At the end of the shortened 1994-95 season, Radek had three goals and 11 points in 42 games. In 1995-96, Radek finished third in team scoring with 16 goals. In 1996-97, Radek missed 23 games with a wrist injury but still helped the Senators make the playoffs for the first time in team history. After scoring 16 points in just 65 games in 1997-98, Radek played 81 games and scored 32 points. More importantly, he developed into one of the Senators better two-way forwards, finished at +15 and helped his team win the Northeast division title. In 1999-2000, Radek increased his ice time by four-and-a-half minutes per games and paced the Senators with 60 points in 80 games. He participated in his first mid-season NHL All-Star Game, co-led the team with 10 power play markers and led the team with five game-winning goals.
In 2000-01, Radek led the Senators to their second Northeast Division title in three years with a club record 48 wins and 109 points. He scored 23 goals for the second year in a row and led the team with a +27 plus-minus rating. On January 4, he scored his first career hat trick and tied a team record with six points in a game against the Lightning. In early February, he played in his second All-Star Game.