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Mike Pivonka

Scout, Midwest United States

Mike Pivonka’s storied career as an NHL player and his intricate knowledge of the game make him a valuable member of the KO Sports team. Mike’s primary role with KO Sports is to scout and identify NHL prospects throughout the Chicago area.
Originally from Kladno in the former Czechoslovakia, Mike spent his entire NHL career with the Washington Capitals. Mike was selected in the third round, 59th overall by the Washington Capitals in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft.
During his NHL career, Mike played in 825 games, scoring 181 goals and recording 418 assists for a total of 599 points. Mike’s 418 assists are currently the third most in Capitals history, trailing only Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Ovechkin. Mike was part of the first, and only, Washington Capitals team to win the Eastern Conference Championship and advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. He also appeared in 95 NHL playoff games and recorded 19 goals, 36 assists, and 55 points in the playoffs.

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My family and I have worked with Kevin Magnuson and KO sports since 2006 after Kevin saw me play in the USHL Fall Classic for Waterloo. Kevin has helped guide me through the USHL, NCAA and NHL and all the good and bad that comes with each League. His experience as a former practicing attorney was really helpful in negotiating all three of my NHL contracts. Kevin and KO Sports were especially prepared for the salary arbitration hearing we had in 2015 with Nashville that ended with me eventually earning an awesome, life changing 5-year deal. 

— Craig Smith

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