Jan Hejda

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Jan Hejda
Jan Hejda - Colorado Avalanche.jpg
Born (1978-06-18) June 18, 1978 (age 37)
Prague, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 209 lb (95 kg; 14 st 13 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Free Agent
Edmonton Oilers
Columbus Blue Jackets
Colorado Avalanche
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 106th overall, 2003
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 1997–present

Jan Hejda (born June 18, 1978) is a Czech professional ice hockey defenceman currently an unrestricted free agent who most recently played with the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League.

Playing career[edit]

Hejda with the Blue Jackets.

Hejda was originally selected in the 4th round, 106th overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres. He played six seasons with HC Slavia Praha of the Czech Extraliga, two seasons with HC CSKA Moscow of the Russian Super League, and one season with Khimik Moscow Oblast, also of the Russian Super League.

In July 2006, Hejda was traded to the Edmonton Oilers by the Sabres in exchange for a seventh-round draft pick.[1] He was then signed to first NHL contract by the Oilers with a 2-year deal in the same week.

Hejda scored his first NHL goal on January 8, 2007 against the Los Angeles Kings netminder Mathieu Garon. The Kings' Konstantin Pushkarev had scored his first NHL goal in the game's third period to send the game into overtime; Hejda's goal in overtime gave the Oilers their 2–1 win.[2]

In July 2007, Hejda signed a 1-year, $1 million deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He turned out to be one of the club's best defensemen the following season, ending with a team record +20 plus-minus on a team that had never had anyone finish higher than +13 before. He was subsequently signed a 3-year deal worth $6 million on April 29, 2008.[3] After not scoring the previous season, Hejda scored three goals in addition to 18 assists during the 2008–09 season. He also played in three of the Blue Jackets four playoff games in their opening round series against the Detroit Red Wings, Columbus' first ever playoff appearance.

Hejda was hit in the head by Raffi Torres from an elbow. For this act Torres was fined $ 2,500.

On the first day of free agency prior to the 2011–12 season, Hejda's emergence as a stay-at-home defenseman was rewarded when he was promptly signed to a four-year, $15 million contract with the Colorado Avalanche on July 1, 2011.[4] Hejda made his Avalanche debut on opening night in a 3-0 defeat to the Detroit Red Wings on October 8, 2011.[5] He instantly established himself within the Avalanche blueline, playing in 81 games and leading all Avalanche players in ice time throughout the season. He tied first amongst the defenseman with 5 goals and featured in his 400th career NHL game against the Winnipeg Jets on February 19th, 2012.[6]

In the lockout-shortened 2012–13 season, Hejda appeared in 46 games and finished second on the blueline in scoring with only 10 points. On February 26, 2013, Hejda matched a career high in posting 2 assists in a shootout defeat to the San Jose Sharks to reach the 100-career point mark in the NHL.[7] In the 2013–14 season, Hejda helped the Avalanche rebound to reach the post-season, playing alongside defensive partner Erik Johnson, to form the team's top defensive pairing. He scored a career high 6 goals in 78 games and made his 500th regular season appearance against the San Jose Sharks on December 23, 2013.[8] In the last regular season game, Hejda suffered two broken fingers against the Anaheim Ducks on April 13, 2014. Although visibly impeding his game, Hejda appeared in all 7 post-season contests, leading the club with 18 blocked shots, against the Minnesota Wild.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1997–98 HC Slavia Praha CZE 44 2 5 7 51 5 0 0 0 6
1998–99 HC Slavia Praha CZE 34 1 2 3 38
1999–00 HC Femax Havířov CZE 7 0 2 2 6
1999–00 HC Slavia Praha CZE 26 1 2 3 14
2000–01 HC Slavia Praha CZE 38 2 6 8 70 11 3 0 3 12
2001–02 HC Slavia Praha CZE 42 9 8 17 52 9 1 1 2 14
2002–03 HC Slavia Praha CZE 52 6 11 17 44 17 5 8 13 12
2003–04 CSKA Moscow RSL 60 1 6 7 26
2004–05 CSKA Moscow RSL 60 2 11 13 59
2005–06 Khimik Moscow Oblast RSL 50 3 13 16 58 9 2 3 5 24
2006–07 Edmonton Oilers NHL 39 1 8 9 20
2006–07 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 5 0 3 3 21
2007–08 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 81 0 13 13 61
2008–09 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 82 3 18 21 38 3 0 0 0 2
2009–10 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 62 3 10 13 36
2010–11 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 77 5 15 20 28
2011–12 Colorado Avalanche NHL 81 5 14 19 24
2012–13 Colorado Avalanche NHL 46 1 9 10 28
2013–14 Colorado Avalanche NHL 78 6 11 17 40 7 0 0 0 6
2014–15 Colorado Avalanche NHL 81 1 12 13 42
NHL totals 627 25 110 135 317 10 0 0 0 8

International[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  Czech Republic
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2005 Vienna
Silver medal – second place 2006 Riga
Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2003 Czech Republic WC 4th 9 0 0 0 4
2004 Czech Republic WC 5th 7 1 1 2 8
2005 Czech Republic WC 1st 9 0 0 0 2
2006 Czech Republic WC 2nd 9 0 0 0 4
2008 Czech Republic WC 5th 7 1 0 1 0
2010 Czech Republic OG 7th 5 0 0 0 4
2013 Czech Republic WC 7th 8 0 1 1 0
2015 Czech Republic WC 4th 10 0 2 2 2
Senior totals 64 2 4 6 24

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sabres agree with Peters; deal Hejda's rights". ESPN. 2006-07-11. Retrieved 2011-07-01. 
  2. ^ "Oilers defeat Kings 2-1 in OT". ESPN. 2007-01-08. Retrieved 2008-10-21. 
  3. ^ "Columbus Blue Jackets re-sign Hejda". Yahoo Sports. 2008-04-29. Retrieved 2008-10-21. 
  4. ^ "Avalanche signs Jan Hejda". Colorado Avalanche. 2011-07-01. Retrieved 2011-07-01. 
  5. ^ "Red Wings shut out Avalanche to open season". National Hockey League. 2011-10-08. Retrieved 2011-10-08. 
  6. ^ "Jets trounce Avalanche 5-1". Colorado Avalanche. 2012-02-19. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  7. ^ "Avs tie game late, but Sharks take it in a shootout". National Hockey League. 2013-02-26. Retrieved 2013-02-26. 
  8. ^ "Sharks outlast Avs in Shootout". Colorado Avalanche. 2013-12-23. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  9. ^ "Hejda played with two broken fingers in Round 1 against the Wild". thescore.com. 2014-05-02. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 

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