Mark Streit

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Mark Streit
Mark Streit 2017-06-11 1.jpg
Streit after winning the Stanley Cup with the Penguins in 2017
Born (1977-12-11) 11 December 1977 (age 39)
Englisberg, Switzerland
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Montreal Canadiens
HC Fribourg-Gottéron
HC Davos
ZSC Lions
New York Islanders
SC Bern
Philadelphia Flyers
Pittsburgh Penguins
National team   Switzerland
NHL Draft 262nd overall, 2004
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 1995–present

Mark Thomas Streit (born 11 December 1977) is a Swiss professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently under contract with the Montreal Canadiens. 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]

Professional[edit]

Switzerland[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 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.

Montreal Canadiens[edit]

In 2005–06, Streit made his NHL debut with the Canadiens, appearing in 48 games and recording 11 points. On 16 March 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

New York Islanders[edit]

Coming off a breakout campaign, Streit became an unrestricted free agent on 1 July 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 25 September 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 2012–13 NHL lockout, Streit played for SC Bern of the Swiss National League A.[6]

Philadelphia Flyers[edit]

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

Pittsburgh Penguins[edit]

On 1 March 2017, Streit was moved hours before the deadline in a deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning where the Flyers received Valtteri Filppula, a 4th round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, and a conditional 7th round pick. The Tampa Bay Lightning then traded him to the Pittsburgh Penguins 48 minutes later for a fourth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.[9]

On 11 June 2017, Streit and the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup after defeating the Nashville Predators

Return to Montreal[edit]

On July 25, 2017, Streit signed as a free agent to a one-year $700,000 deal in a return to the Montreal Canadiens.[10]

International play[edit]

Streit with the Swiss national team in 2012.

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,[11] 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,[12] then assisted on the second goal of a 2–0 upset against Canada two days later.[13] Following the stunning Swiss victory over Canada, an incredulous Streit admitted, "I never thought we could do that."[11] 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.[14]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

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
2014–15 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 81 9 43 52 36
2015–16 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 62 6 17 23 18 6 0 1 1 6
2016–17 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 49 5 16 21 22
2016–17 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 19 1 5 6 6 3 0 2 2 0
NHL totals 784 96 338 434 374 34 4 11 15 18

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
2015 Switzerland WC 8 0 2 2 6
2016 Team Europe WCH 6 0 0 0 4
Junior totals 11 3 0 3 35
Senior totals 110 12 37 49 74
  • All statistics taken from NHL.com[15]

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
NHL
All-Star Game 2009
Stanley Cup (Pittsburgh Penguins) 2017 [16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Streit hopes to cash in on success". Montreal Gazette. Archived from the original on 16 June 2008. 
  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. Archived from the original on 3 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  4. ^ "For Islanders' Mark Streit, an All-Star return to Montreal". Sporting News. 2009-01-08. Retrieved 2009-01-14. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Isles' Streit out indefinitely despite reports of torn labrum". 26 September 2010. Archived from the original on 18 February 2013. 
  6. ^ Sherman, Rodger. "2012 Swiss Hockey standings: Yannick Weber and Logan Couture's Geneva in first". sbnation.com. 8 October 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
  7. ^ "Press Release: Flyers Acquire D Mark Streit". Philadelphia Flyers. 12 June 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Flyers ink Streit to multi-year contract". Philadelphia Flyers. 28 June 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2013. 
  9. ^ Tampa Bay, Lightning (1 March 2017). "Lightning announce trade deadline roster moves". Tampa Bay Lightning. Retrieved 1 March 2017. 
  10. ^ "Canadiens agree to terms with Mark Streit". Montreal Canadiens. 2017-07-25. Retrieved 2017-07-25. 
  11. ^ a b Jenkins, Lee; Kiefer, Peter (2006-02-19). "Do you believe in Switzerland? Canada does.". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-09-25. 
  12. ^ "Men's hockey: only three left unbeaten". Sporting News. Retrieved 2008-09-25. [dead link]
  13. ^ "Men's Team Canada summary". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2008-09-25. [permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "Wednesda's Olympic Capsules". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-09-25. 
  15. ^ NHL.com (2009). "Mark Streit's NHL Profile". NHL.com. Retrieved 2009-04-07. 
  16. ^ "Penguins repeat as Stanley Cup champions". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2017-06-11. Retrieved 2017-06-11. 

External links[edit]

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