Anton Šťastný

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Anton Šťastný
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Born (1959-08-05) August 5, 1959 (age 57)
Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 188 lb (85 kg; 13 st 6 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Quebec Nordiques
National team  Czechoslovakia
NHL Draft 198th overall, 1978
Philadelphia Flyers
83rd overall, 1979
Quebec Nordiques
Playing career 1976–1994

Anton Šťastný (born August 5, 1959) is a former Slovak professional ice hockey left winger who played nine seasons with the Quebec Nordiques of the National Hockey League from 1980 until 1989. He was the first player born and trained in Slovakia to be drafted by an NHL team. He is the brother of Vladimír, Bohumil, Eva, Marián, and Peter Šťastný, and the uncle of Yan Stastny and Paul Stastny (both Peter's sons), all of whom are (or have been) involved in ice hockey at a professional level. Anton's son, Thomas Šťastný, played in Switzerland, last for Martigny in 2015.

Playing career[edit]

Šťastný was originally drafted 198th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1978 NHL Amateur Draft, but the selection was ruled invalid after it was determined Šťastný was too young to be drafted.[1] He re-entered and was drafted 83rd overall by the Nordiques in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft. He played 650 career NHL games, scoring 252 goals and 384 assists for 636 points and scored at least 25 goals in eight consecutive seasons.

He played his first nine seasons alongside his brother Peter, four of which were also played alongside Marian. They were the third trio of brothers to play on the same professional hockey team (the first being the Bentley brothers of the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1940s and the second being the Plager brothers of the St. Louis Blues in the 1970s). He ranks ninth overall in NHL points by a Slovak player.

Personal life[edit]

Anton was born in Bratislava, the fifth son of Stanislav and Frantiska. His two older brothers, Vlarimir (born 1945) and Bohumil (born 1947) were born when the family still lived in the village of Pružina, about 170 kilometres northeast of Bratislava. They moved to Bratislava before the birth of Marián (1953), Peter (1956), and Eva (1966). Stanislav worked for a state-run company that built hydro-electric dams until 1980 when he retired, and mainly dealt with managing inventory.[2] Frantiska stayed at home and raised the children.[3]


Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1977–78 HC Slovan Bratislava Czech 44 19 17 36 22
1978–79 HC Slovan Bratislava Czech 44 32 19 51 38
1979–80 HC Slovan Bratislava Czech 40 30 30 60 33
1980–81 Quebec Nordiques NHL 80 39 46 85 12 5 4 3 7 2
1981–82 Quebec Nordiques NHL 68 26 46 72 16 16 5 10 15 10
1982–83 Quebec Nordiques NHL 79 32 60 92 25 4 2 2 4 0
1983–84 Quebec Nordiques NHL 69 25 37 62 14 9 2 5 7 7
1984–85 Quebec Nordiques NHL 79 38 42 80 30 16 3 3 6 6
1985–86 Quebec Nordiques NHL 74 31 43 74 19 3 1 1 2 0
1986–87 Quebec Nordiques NHL 77 27 35 62 8 13 3 8 11 6
1987–88 Quebec Nordiques NHL 69 27 45 72 14
1988–89 Quebec Nordiques NHL 55 7 30 37 12
1988–89 Halifax Citadels AHL 16 9 5 14 4
1989–90 HC Fribourg-Gottéron NDA 36 25 22 47 3 3 4 7
1990–91 EHC Olten NDA 36 26 14 40 10 10 16 26
1991–92 EHC Olten NDA 33 20 19 39 66
1993–94 HC Slovan Bratislava SVK 11 6 8 14 2
Czech totals 128 81 66 147 93
NHL totals 650 252 384 636 150 66 20 32 52 31

International[edit]

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1977 Czechoslovakia EJC 6 6 2 8 0
1978 Czechoslovakia WJC 6 4 2 6 4
1979 Czechoslovakia WJC 6 3 4 7 6
1979 Czechoslovakia WC 8 5 1 6 2
1980 Czechoslovakia OLY 6 4 4 8 2
Junior totals 18 13 8 21 10
Senior totals 14 9 5 14 4

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1978 NHL Amateur Draft -- Anton Stastny". Hockey Draft Central. Retrieved July 29, 2016. 
  2. ^ Laflamme 2012, p. 61
  3. ^ Laflamme 2012, p. 62

Bibliography[edit]

  • Laflamme, Robert (2012), Les Stastny: Le Coup de Génie de Gilles Léger (in French), Montreal: Hurtubise, ISBN 978-2-89647-873-6 

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