Mark Streit

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Mark Streit
Mark Streit.jpg
Streit (right) with the New York Islanders in 2008
Born (1977-12-11) December 11, 1977 (age 36)
Englisberg, Switzerland
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Philadelphia Flyers
HC Fribourg-Gottéron
HC Davos
ZSC Lions
Montreal Canadiens
New York Islanders
SC Bern
National team  Switzerland
NHL Draft 262nd overall, 2004
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 1995–present

Mark 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.[1] 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.

Playing career[edit]

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 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 lost to a 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.[2]

Streit playing for the New York Islanders

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.[3] Upon signing with the Islanders, Streit became the second highest paid Swiss professional athlete to Roger Federer, earning more than top national soccer players.[citation needed] During his first season with the Islanders, Streit was selected to appear in his first NHL All-Star Game in 2009.[4] 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.[5] 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.

During the 2012 NHL lockout, Streit played for Bern of the Swiss National League A.[6]

Streit - an unrestricted free agent entering the summer of 2013 - had his rights traded from the New York Islanders to the Philadelphia Flyers on June 12, 2013 for Shane Harper and a 4th-round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.[7] On June 28, Streit signed a four-year, $21 million deal with the Flyers.[8]

International play[edit]

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.

Streit competed in his first Winter Olympics in 2002 in Salt Lake City. He scored two points in four preliminary games as Switzerland finished 11th.

As Streit was named team captain at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin,[9] 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,[10] then assisted on the second goal of a 2-0 upset against Canada two days later.[11] Following the stunning Swiss victory over Canada, an incredulous Streit admitted, "I never thought we could do that."[9] 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.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Mark Streit As Alternate Captain with the Islanders
Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1995–96 HC Fribourg-Gottéron NLA 34 2 2 4 6 4 0 0 0 2
1996–97 HC Davos NLA 46 2 9 11 18 6 0 0 0 0
1997–98 HC Davos NLA 38 4 10 14 4 18 1 5 6 20
1998–99 HC Davos NLA 44 7 18 25 42 6 3 3 6 8
1999–00 Tallahassee Tiger Sharks ECHL 14 0 5 5 16
1999–00 Utah Grizzlies IHL 1 0 1 1 2
1999–00 Springfield Falcons AHL 43 3 12 15 18 5 0 0 0 2
2000–01 ZSC Lions NLA 44 5 11 16 48 16 2 5 7 37
2001–02 ZSC Lions NLA 28 7 16 23 36 14 0 6 6 10
2002–03 ZSC Lions NLA 37 4 20 24 62 12 1 7 8 2
2003–04 ZSC Lions NLA 48 12 24 36 78 13 5 2 7 14
2004–05 ZSC Lions NLA 44 14 29 43 46 15 4 11 15 20
2005–06 Montreal Canadiens NHL 48 2 9 11 28 1 0 0 0 0
2006–07 Montreal Canadiens NHL 76 10 26 36 14
2007–08 Montreal Canadiens NHL 81 13 49 62 28 11 1 3 4 8
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 SC Bern NLA 32 7 19 26 30
2012–13 New York Islanders NHL 48 6 21 27 22 6 2 3 5 4
2013–14 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 10 34 44 44 7 1 2 3 0
NHL totals 573 75 257 332 292 25 4 8 12 12

International[edit]

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
1995 Switzerland EJC 5 1 2 3 6
1996 Switzerland WJC 5 1 0 1 4
1997 Switzerland WJC 6 2 0 2 31
1998 Switzerland WC 9 0 0 0 2
1999 Switzerland WC 6 4 0 4 2
2000 Switzerland WC 7 0 1 1 4
2001 Switzerland WC 6 0 3 3 2
2002 Switzerland WC 6 0 3 3 4
2003 Switzerland WC 7 0 4 4 10
2004 Switzerland WC 7 1 1 2 2
2005 Switzerland WC 7 1 6 7 4
2006 Switzerland OG 6 2 1 3 6
2006 Switzerland WC 6 0 3 3 6
2007 Switzerland WC 7 1 3 4 6
2009 Switzerland WC 6 1 4 5 8
2010 Switzerland OG 5 0 3 3 0
2012 Switzerland WC 7 2 2 4 6
2014 Switzerland OG 4 0 1 1 2
Junior totals 11 3 0 3 35
Senior totals 96 12 35 47 64
  • All statistics taken from NHL.com[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Streit hopes to cash in on success". Montreal Gazette. 
  2. ^ "Koivu sits as Habs enter final week". The Sporting News. Retrieved 2008-09-19. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Islanders power up with D Mark Streit". New York Islanders. 2008-07-01. Retrieved 2008-09-19. [dead link]
  4. ^ "For Islanders' Mark Streit, an All-Star return to Montreal". Sporting News. 2009-01-08. Retrieved 2009-01-14. [dead link]
  5. ^ http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=335312
  6. ^ Sherman, Rodger. "2012 Swiss Hockey standings: Yannick Weber and Logan Couture's Geneva in first". sbnation.com. October 8, 2012. Retrieved October 11, 2012.
  7. ^ "Press Release: Flyers Acquire D Mark Streit". Philadelphia Flyers. June 12, 2013. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Flyers ink Streit to multi-year contract". Philadelphia Flyers. June 28, 2013. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Jenkins, Lee; Kiefer, Peter (2006-02-19). "Do you believe in Switzerland? Canada does.". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-09-25. 
  10. ^ "Men's hockey: only three left unbeaten". Sporting News. Retrieved 2008-09-25. [dead link]
  11. ^ "Men's Team Canada summary". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2008-09-25. 
  12. ^ "Wednesda's Olympic Capsules". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-09-25. 
  13. ^ NHL.com (2009). "Mark Streit's NHL Profile". NHL.com. Retrieved 2009-04-07. 

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Preceded by
Doug Weight
New York Islanders captain
201113
Succeeded by
John Tavares