Jochen Hecht

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Jochen Hecht
Jochen Hecht 2010-02-01.JPG
Born (1977-06-21) June 21, 1977 (age 37)
Mannheim, FRG
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
DEL team
Former teams
Adler Mannheim
St. Louis Blues
Edmonton Oilers
Buffalo Sabres
National team  Germany
NHL Draft 50th overall, 1995
St. Louis Blues
Playing career 1994–present

Jochen Thomas Hecht (born June 21, 1977) is a German professional ice hockey player who played in 833 NHL games for the St. Louis Blues, Edmonton Oilers and Buffalo Sabres.

Playing career[edit]

The St. Louis Blues selected Hecht in the second round, 49th overall, of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft from Adler Mannheim of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL). Hecht played two full seasons for the Blues, compiling 32 goals and 46 assists before being dealt, along with Marty Reasoner and Jan Horáček, to the Edmonton Oilers for Doug Weight and Michel Riesen on July 1, 2001.

After appearing in a full season with the Oilers, Hecht was traded to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for the 31st and 36th picks in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. As a Sabre, Hecht had his most successful NHL season, in terms of points scored, in 2006–2007 with 56 points (19 goals, 37 assists).

Hecht was chosen as the captain for the month of October 2007 and later during February 2008. He is the second German-born player to captain an NHL team. Walt Tkaczuk was the first. The C was rotated monthly during the 2007–08 season. On October 16, 2007, Hecht agreed to a four-year $14.1 million contract, which kept him in Buffalo until the 2011–12 season. Hecht scored his 300th career point on October 26, 2007 when he scored against Florida Panthers' goaltender Tomáš Vokoun.

Hecht returned to Mannheim with the Sabres to play against Adler in an exhibition game on October 4, 2011. Hecht, who was recovering from an injury and did not play, received a standing ovation upon skating onto the ice in pregame practice.[1]

After being injured in January 2012 with a concussion, Hecht missed the remainder of the season and ended the year as a free agent. Several months into the 2012–13 NHL lockout, and after consulting with German doctors (who determined that some of his symptoms were neck-related), he rejoined Adler, joining Sabres linemate Jason Pominville, who joined Adler as a lockout player. After the lockout ended, he re-signed with the Sabres to a 1-year $1 million deal.[2]

On April 26, 2013, Hecht announced his retirement from the NHL to reporters in the locker room following the Sabres final regular season game against the New York Islanders. He plans to finish out his professional career in Mannheim.[3]

International play[edit]

Hecht appeared in four games with Team Germany at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. He scored a goal and an assist as Germany finished eighth. He had been named to the team for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. However, he was injured in his last NHL game before the Olympic break and was unable to play. He played in four World Junior Ice Hockey Championships for Team Germany between 1994-1997,[4] and shares the record for most games played in World Junior Ice Hockey Championships together with Switzerland's Björn Christen.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1994–95 Adler Mannheim DEL 43 11 12 23 68 10 5 4 9 12
1995–96 Adler Mannheim DEL 44 12 16 28 68 8 3 2 5 6
1996–97 Adler Mannheim DEL 46 21 21 42 38 10 1 1 2 14
1997–98 Adler Mannheim DEL 45 8 21 29 42 10 2 1 3 14
1998–99 Worcester IceCats AHL 74 21 35 56 48 4 1 1 2 2
1998–99 St. Louis Blues NHL 3 0 0 0 0 5 2 0 2 0
1999–00 St. Louis Blues NHL 63 13 21 34 28 7 4 6 10 0
2000–01 St. Louis Blues NHL 72 19 25 44 48 15 2 4 6 4
2001–02 Edmonton Oilers NHL 82 16 24 40 60
2002–03 Buffalo Sabres NHL 49 10 16 26 30
2003–04 Buffalo Sabres NHL 64 15 37 52 49
2004–05 Adler Mannheim DEL 48 16 34 50 151 14 10 10 20 14
2005–06 Buffalo Sabres NHL 64 18 24 42 34 15 2 6 8 8
2006–07 Buffalo Sabres NHL 76 19 37 56 39 16 4 1 5 10
2007–08 Buffalo Sabres NHL 75 22 27 49 38
2008–09 Buffalo Sabres NHL 70 12 15 27 33
2009–10 Buffalo Sabres NHL 79 21 21 42 35
2010–11 Buffalo Sabres NHL 67 12 17 29 40 1 0 1 1 0
2011–12 Buffalo Sabres NHL 22 4 4 8 6
2012–13 Adler Mannheim DEL 6 5 8 13 8
2012–13 Buffalo Sabres NHL 47 5 9 14 18
2013–14 Adler Mannheim DEL 49 15 21 36 62 5 0 1 1 4
NHL totals 833 186 277 463 458 59 14 18 32 24

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Preceded by
Danny Briere
Chris Drury
Buffalo Sabres captain
October 2007
Succeeded by
Toni Lydman
Preceded by
Jaroslav Spacek
Buffalo Sabres captain
February 2008
Succeeded by
Jason Pominville