Streit (right) with the New York Islanders in 2008
December 11, 1977 |
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)|
New York Islanders
|NHL Draft||262nd overall, 2004
Mark Thomas Streit (born December 11, 1977) is a Swiss professional ice hockey defenceman and an alternate captain for the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was the captain of both the New York Islanders and the Swiss national team. Streit is one of the few swingmen in the NHL who is able to play both as a defenceman and as a forward. He was featured on the front cover of the Swiss versions of the NHL series of hockey games, from NHL 08 to NHL 11 and was replaced by Jonas Hiller for NHL 12.
Streit began his career in the Swiss Nationalliga A with HC Fribourg-Gottéron in 1995–96 as an 18-year-old. The following year, he transferred to HC Davos and improved to a 25-point campaign in 44 games in 1998–99, his third season with the team.
Garnering attention from North America, but undrafted by an NHL team, he bounced around the minor leagues in 1999–00, playing the majority of the season with the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Streit returned to the Nationalliga and spent five seasons with ZSC Lions after his brief North American stint. He helped the Lions to a Swiss championship in 2001, as well as back-to-back IIHF Continental Cups in 2001 and 2002. After a 12-goal, 36-point season in 48 games in 2003–04, Streit was drafted in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, 262nd overall, by the Montreal Canadiens at 26 years old (players are typically drafted at the age of 18).
As the 2004–05 NHL season was cancelled due to a labour lockout, Streit remained with the Lions for one last season and posted a Belge career high 14 goals, 29 assists and 43 points in 44 games. In 2005–06, Streit made his NHL debut with the Canadiens, appearing in 48 games and recording 11 points. On March 16, 2006, in a game against the Carolina Hurricanes, Streit was joined by the only two other Swiss players playing in the NHL at the time, Montreal goalie David Aebischer and Carolina goalie Martin Gerber — a historic game for Swiss hockey.
Streit continued to make strides the following season, improving to 36 points in 76 games before emerging as an elite NHL defenceman in his third season with Montreal. In 2007–08, he finished third in league scoring among defencemen (behind only Nicklas Lidström and Sergei Gonchar) with 62 points in 81 games. Streit was made the Canadiens' nomination for the Bill Masterton Trophy, awarded for perseverance and dedication to hockey.
Coming off a breakout campaign, Streit became an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2008, and signed a five-year, $20.5 million contract with the New York Islanders. Upon signing with the Islanders, Streit became the second-highest paid Swiss professional athlete to Roger Federer, earning more than top national soccer players. During his first season with the Islanders, Streit was selected to appear in his first NHL All-Star Game in 2009. In his first season with the team, Streit led the Islanders in scoring with 56 points, becoming only the second defenseman to lead his team in scoring since the NHL lockout. The first was Ľubomír Višňovský, who led the Los Angeles Kings with 67 points in 2005–06.
On September 27, 2010, Streit tore his shoulder labrum and rotator cuff after a routine check into the boards by teammate Matt Moulson during a scrimmage. He was sidelined for the entire 2010-11 season.
Streit became the first Swiss-born team captain in NHL history, when the Islanders appointed him to the position in September 2011.
Streit – an unrestricted free agent entering the summer of 2013 – had his rights traded from the Islanders to the Philadelphia Flyers on June 12, 2013, for Shane Harper and a fourth round draft pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. On June 28, Streit signed a four-year, $21 million deal with the Flyers.
Streit made his international debut at the 1995 European Junior Championships, then appeared in his first of two World Junior Championships in 1996. He scored one goal in five games as Switzerland finished ninth. In 1997, he scored two goals and Switzerland improved to seventh.
In 1998, Streit appeared in his first of ten consecutive World Championships. Playing as the host nation, Switzerland finished a surprising fourth, falling to the Czech Republic in the bronze-medal game. He scored an international career-best seven points in seven games in 2005, as Switzerland advanced to the quarter-finals, losing to Sweden 2–1.
As Streit was named team captain at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Switzerland improved to sixth, topping international giants Czech Republic and Canada in their preliminary games. Streit scored the game-winning goal against the Czechs to defeat them 3–2 in the Swiss' second round-robin game, then assisted on the second goal of a 2–0 upset against Canada two days later. Following the stunning Swiss victory over Canada, an incredulous Streit admitted, "I never thought we could do that." In the quarter-finals, Streit scored in the first period to tie the game 1–1, but the Swiss were overpowered by Sweden 6–2.
Regular season and playoffs
|1999–00||Tallahassee Tiger Sharks||ECHL||14||0||5||5||16||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||New York Islanders||NHL||74||16||40||56||62||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||New York Islanders||NHL||82||11||38||49||48||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||New York Islanders||NHL||82||7||40||47||46||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||New York Islanders||NHL||48||6||21||27||22||6||2||3||5||4|
- All statistics taken from NHL.com
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