September 16, 1980 |
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)|
|Played for||Atlanta Thrashers
|NHL Draft||1st overall, 1999
Patrik Štefan (born September 16, 1980) is a Czech retired professional ice hockey player who was drafted 1st overall by the Atlanta Thrashers in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. At the NHL level, Štefan is regarded by some as one of the greatest draft busts in league history.
Playing career 
Patrik played six seasons for the Atlanta Thrashers scoring 177 points. During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Patrik played for Ilves Tampere in the SM-liiga. In 37 games, Stefan collected a total of 41 points including 28 assists. In the playoffs, Štefan had six assists and a goal in seven games.
Štefan earned significant notoriety when he missed and fell on a breakaway towards an empty net against the Edmonton Oilers on January 4, 2007, which allowed a play to develop where fellow Czech Aleš Hemský scored with two seconds remaining to send the game to overtime. The Edmonton goal tied the game 5-5, but Dallas then won 6-5 in a shootout.
After Štefan's contract expired in 2007, the Dallas Stars chose not to re-sign him. Štefan signed with SC Bern of the Nationalliga A, but he only played three games for them before retiring in October 2007, largely due to a serious hip injury, the latest of several chronic injuries that plagued his career. He is currently a player agent in Laguna Beach, California, and a coach at Orange County Ice Palace.
Career statistics 
|1996–97||HC Sparta Praha||CZE||5||0||1||1||2||7||1||0||1||0|
|1997–98||HC Sparta Praha||CZE||27||2||6||8||16||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997–98||Long Beach Ice Dogs||IHL||25||5||10||15||10||10||1||1||2||2|
|1998–99||Long Beach Ice Dogs||IHL||33||11||24||35||26||—||—||—||—||—|
See also 
- What Happened to Patrik Stefan? - The Hockey Writers, February 27, 2009. Archived on March 2011
- Patrik Stefan retires from hockey
- Patrik Štefan's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Patrik Štefan, Dallas Stars – Edmonton Oilers miss video (YouTube)
|NHL first overall draft pick
|Atlanta Thrashers first round draft pick