June 18, 1978 |
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||209 lb (95 kg; 14 st 13 lb)|
Columbus Blue Jackets
|National team||Czech Republic|
|NHL Draft||106th overall, 2003
Hejda was originally selected in the 4th round, 106th overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres. He played six seasons with HC Slavia Praha of the Czech Extraliga, two seasons with HC CSKA Moscow of the Russian Super League, and one season with Khimik Moscow Oblast, also of the Russian Super League.
In July 2006, Hejda was traded to the Edmonton Oilers by the Sabres in exchange for a seventh-round draft pick. He was then signed to first NHL contract by the Oilers with a 2-year deal in the same week.
Hejda scored his first NHL goal on January 8, 2007 against the Los Angeles Kings netminder Mathieu Garon. The Kings' Konstantin Pushkarev had scored his first NHL goal in the game's third period to send the game into overtime; Hejda's goal in overtime gave the Oilers their 2–1 win.
In July 2007, Hejda signed a 1-year, $1 million deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He turned out to be one of the club's best defensemen the following season, ending with a team record +20 plus-minus on a team that had never had anyone finish higher than +13 before. He was subsequently signed a 3-year deal worth $6 million on April 29, 2008. After not scoring the previous season, Hejda scored three goals in addition to 18 assists during the 2008–09 season. He also played in three of the Blue Jackets four playoff games in their opening round series against the Detroit Red Wings, Columbus' first ever playoff appearance.
Hejda was hit in the head by Raffi Torres from an elbow. For this act Torres was fined $ 2,500.
On the first day of free agency prior to the 2011–12 season, Hejda's emergence as a stay-at-home defenseman was rewarded when he was promptly signed to a four-year, $15 million contract with the Colorado Avalanche on July 1, 2011.
Regular season and playoffs
|1997–98||HC Slavia Praha||CZE||44||2||5||7||51||5||0||0||0||6|
|1998–99||HC Slavia Praha||CZE||34||1||2||3||38||—||—||—||—||—|
|1999–00||HC Femax Havířov||CZE||7||0||2||2||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|1999–00||HC Slavia Praha||CZE||26||1||2||3||14||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000–01||HC Slavia Praha||CZE||38||2||6||8||70||11||3||0||3||12|
|2001–02||HC Slavia Praha||CZE||42||9||8||17||52||9||1||1||2||14|
|2002–03||HC Slavia Praha||CZE||52||6||11||17||44||17||5||8||13||12|
|2005–06||Khimik Moscow Oblast||RSL||50||3||13||16||58||9||2||3||5||24|
|2007–08||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||81||0||13||13||61||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||82||3||18||21||38||3||0||0||0||2|
|2009–10||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||62||3||10||13||36||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||77||5||15||20||28||—||—||—||—||—|
|Competitor for Czech Republic|
- "Sabres agree with Peters; deal Hejda's rights". ESPN. 2006-07-11. Retrieved 2011-07-01.
- "Oilers defeat Kings 2-1 in OT". ESPN. 2007-01-08. Retrieved 2008-10-21.
- "Columbus Blue Jackets re-sign Hejda". Yahoo Sports. 2008-04-29. Retrieved 2008-10-21.
- "Avalanche signs Jan Hejda". Colorado Avalanche. 2011-07-01. Retrieved 2011-07-01.