Miroslav Šatan

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Miroslav Šatan
Miroslav Šatan.jpg
Born (1974-10-22) October 22, 1974 (age 44)
Jacovce, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 191 lb (87 kg; 13 st 9 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Left
Played for Dynamo Moscow
Edmonton Oilers
Buffalo Sabres
New York Islanders
Pittsburgh Penguins
Boston Bruins
National team  Slovakia
NHL Draft 111th overall, 1993
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career 1992–2014

Miroslav Šatan (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈmiɾɔslaʊ̯ ˈʃatan]; born October 22, 1974) is a Slovak former professional ice hockey right winger who most recently played for Slovan Bratislava of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

Playing career[edit]

Pre-NHL[edit]

In 1991–92, Šatan played for the local HC Topoľčany and did remarkably well, as he scored 30 goals and had 22 assists in just 31 games. He then graduated to the senior division within the same year. When he became 18, he joined Dukla Trenčín rather than enter compulsory army service for Slovakia (which stopped in 2006). He played there for the 1992–93 and 1993–94 seasons.[1]

Edmonton Oilers[edit]

Šatan was drafted 111th overall in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft by the Edmonton Oilers. Prior to his entry into the NHL, he played in the Czechoslovak and Slovak leagues and he had scored nine goals in eight games representing Slovakia at the 1994 Winter Olympic Games.[2]

In 1994–95, Šatan played a season in the minor leagues, split between four teams including the Oilers' minor league affiliate, the Cape Breton Oilers, and the International Hockey League's Detroit Vipers. While with the Vipers, he scored the winning goal in an exhibition game against Wayne Gretzky's Ninety-Niners, an all-star team put together by Gretzky during the 1994–95 NHL lockout.

Miroslav Šatan
Medal record
Representing  Slovakia
Ice hockey
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2012 Finland
Bronze medal – third place 2003 Finland
Gold medal – first place 2002 Sweden
Silver medal – second place 2000 Russia

Buffalo Sabres[edit]

After two seasons with the Oilers, Šatan was traded to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Craig Millar and Barrie Moore. He would lead the Sabres in scoring on six occasions. During the 2004–05 NHL Lockout, Šatan played for Slovan Bratislava in the Slovak Extraliga. After the lockout, Šatan was not offered a contract by the Sabres.[3]

New York Islanders[edit]

Šatan signed as a free agent with the New York Islanders on August 3, 2005.[4] He led the Islanders in goals in the 2005–06 season. His 35 goals during the season were his highest goal-output since the 2001–02 season with the Sabres. Almost half his 35 goals came on the power play (17), also a career personal best.[2] Šatan tied for the team lead in points with 66, shared with captain Alexei Yashin. Also in 2005–06, Šatan went seven for ten (70%) and was third in the NHL in shooting percentage in the shootout.

On December 2, 2006, he scored his 300th career goal, against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Earlier in the season, he had recorded his 300th career assist and his 600th career point.

On March 24, 2007, Šatan missed the Islanders' game in Philadelphia for personal reasons, ending a streak of having played in 305 consecutive games. It was the fourth longest active streak at the time, and marked the second time in his career that he has played over 250 consecutive games. He had a 256-game streak as a member of the Sabres that ended in November 2002.[2]

Pittsburgh Penguins[edit]

Šatan with the Pittsburgh Penguins

On July 3, 2008, Šatan signed a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.[5] During the 2008–09 season, Šatan was placed on waivers by Pittsburgh on March 4, 2009, the same day as the NHL trade deadline, not long after playing in his 1,000th NHL game. Having not been claimed by another team, Šatan was assigned to the Penguins' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.[6] In Wilkes-Barre, Šatan had three goals and nine points in ten games. Various reports credited him with being upbeat and a good influence, especially with the younger players.

On April 10, 2009, Šatan was recalled by Pittsburgh and cleared re-entry waivers. He re-established himself with the Penguins in the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs when he played against the Washington Capitals in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on April 23.[7] He then played in nine games and won his first ever Stanley Cup as a member of the Penguins.

The Penguins did not re-sign Šatan when his contract expired at the end of the season, and he was not signed during the free agency period.

Boston Bruins[edit]

On January 2, 2010, Šatan signed a US$700,000 contract with the Boston Bruins for the remainder of the 2009–10 season. The contract included a no movement clause.[8] He made his Bruins debut against the Ottawa Senators on January 5, finishing with a +2 plus-minus. He scored his first a goal as a Bruin on January 7 against Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Antti Niemi. On April 21, he scored the game-winning goal in double overtime to defeat the Buffalo Sabres and take a 3–1 lead in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. On April 26, Šatan then scored the series-winning goal over the Sabres with 5:11 remaining in the game.[9]

Dynamo Moscow[edit]

At the beginning of 2011, Šatan signed with Dynamo Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) until the end of 2010–11 season. The club opted not renew to his contract upon its expiry.[10]

Slovan Bratislava[edit]

On September 8, 2011, Šatan moved to the Slovak Extraliga to rejoin former club Slovan Bratislava.[11] In 2012–13, Slovan moved from the Slovak Extraliga to the KHL and named Šatan team captain. He was badly injured by his former Boston Bruins teammate Zdeno Chára in a match against Lev Praha on 3 November 2012.[12] Subsequently, Šatan said he did not know if he would play another hockey match in his life.[13] Šatan would return to play in the 2013 IIHF World Championship.[14]

Retirement[edit]

Šatan announced his retirement from professional hockey on May 20, 2014, at age 39.

In September 2015, Šatan was appointed general manager for Team Europe to compete in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.[15] Team Europe finished second in the tournament after losing the final series to Canada.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Šatan grew up in Topoľčany, Slovakia. He married his long-time girlfriend Ingrid in 2004. They have a son, Miroslav Jr., born in March 2006 and a daughter, Viktoria, born in July 2009. He lives in Jericho, New York.

Because Šatan's name so closely resembles (in English) that of Satan, many devil-related jokes have been made at his expense. During his career, many sports-data sites (including Fox Sports, Sports Illustrated, ESPN and Yahoo) used the number 666 in the URL of Šatan's page. [2] A popular April Fool's joke had Šatan traded to the New Jersey Devils and been made captain of his new team, making Šatan the "leader" of the Devils. After Šatan announced his retirement in 2014, the Yahoo headline read: "Satan be gone!".[17]

Awards[edit]

Records[edit]

  • Led Buffalo Sabres in points six times;
  • Tenth place on Buffalo Sabres all-time scoring list with 224 goals and 232 assists (seventh in goals scored).

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1991–92 HC Topoľčany SVK II 9 2 1 3 6
1992–93 ASVŠ Dukla Trenčín TCH 38 11 6 17
1993–94 HC Dukla Trenčín SVK 30 32 16 48 16 9 10 6 16
1994–95 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 25 24 16 40 15
1994–95 Detroit Vipers IHL 8 1 3 4 4
1994–95 Detroit Falcons CoHL 1 0 2 2 2
1994–95 San Diego Gulls IHL 6 0 2 2 6
1995–96 Edmonton Oilers NHL 62 18 17 35 22
1996–97 Edmonton Oilers NHL 64 17 11 28 22
1996–97 Buffalo Sabres NHL 12 8 2 10 4 7 0 0 0 0
1997–98 Buffalo Sabres NHL 79 22 24 46 34 14 5 4 9 4
1998–99 Buffalo Sabres NHL 81 40 26 66 44 12 3 5 8 2
1999–2000 Buffalo Sabres NHL 81 33 34 67 32 5 3 2 5 0
1999–2000 HC Dukla Trenčín SVK 3 2 8 10 2
2000–01 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 29 33 62 36 13 3 10 13 8
2001–02 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 37 36 73 33
2002–03 Buffalo Sabres NHL 79 26 49 75 20
2003–04 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 29 28 57 30
2003–04 HC Slovan Bratislava SVK 7 6 4 10 41
2004–05 HC Slovan Bratislava SVK 18 11 9 20 14 18 15 7 22 16
2005–06 New York Islanders NHL 82 35 31 66 38
2006–07 New York Islanders NHL 81 27 32 59 46 5 1 2 3 0
2007–08 New York Islanders NHL 80 16 25 41 39
2008–09 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 65 17 19 36 36 17 1 5 6 11
2008–09 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 10 3 6 9 4
2009–10 Boston Bruins NHL 38 9 5 14 12 13 5 5 10 6
2010–11 HC Slovan Bratislava SVK 10 10 6 16 22
2010–11 Dynamo Moscow KHL 6 1 2 3 4 2 0 0 0 0
2011–12 HC Slovan Bratislava SVK 49 23 29 52 127 12 8 14 22 10
2012–13 HC Slovan Bratislava KHL 21 7 5 12 22
2013–14 HC Slovan Bratislava KHL 23 9 3 12 8
SVK totals 117 84 72 156 222 39 33 27 60 26
NHL totals 1050 363 372 735 464 86 21 33 54 41
KHL totals 50 17 10 27 34 2 0 0 0 0

International[edit]

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1994 Slovakia WJC C 4 6 7 13 4
1994 Slovakia OLY 8 9 0 9 0
1994 Slovakia WC C 6 7 1 8 18
1995 Slovakia WC B 7 7 6 13 4
1996 Slovakia WC 5 0 3 3 6
1996 Slovakia WCH 3 0 0 0 2
2000 Slovakia WC 9 10 2 12 14
2002 Slovakia OLY 2 0 1 1 0
2002 Slovakia WC 9 5 8 13 2
2003 Slovakia WC 9 6 4 10 2
2004 Slovakia WC 9 4 4 8 4
2005 Slovakia WC 7 2 2 4 8
2006 Slovakia OLY 6 0 2 2 2
2007 Slovakia WC 7 1 7 8 4
2010 Slovakia OLY 6 1 1 2 0
2010 Slovakia WC 2 0 0 0 0
2011 Slovakia WC 6 2 3 5 4
2012 Slovakia WC 10 4 2 6 4
2013 Slovakia WC 8 1 2 3 2
2014 Slovakia WC 7 1 2 3 4
Senior totals 110 46 40 86 58

International play[edit]

Šatan captained the Slovak national team to gold, silver, and bronze in multiple world championships:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://referaty.atlas.sk/prakticke-pomocky/zivotopisy/1901/miroslav-satan-biography
  2. ^ a b c Mirolav Šatan's Profile at HockeyDraft.ca
  3. ^ "Satan a free agent after Sabres decline option". ESPN. 2005-08-01. Retrieved 2009-08-04.
  4. ^ "Satan signs with Islanders". TSN. 2005-08-03. Retrieved 2009-08-04.
  5. ^ "Penguins sign Miroslav Satan". Pittsburgh Penguins. 2008-07-03. Archived from the original on 2009-06-01. Retrieved 2009-08-04.
  6. ^ "Pittsburgh assign Miroslav Satan to Wilkes-Barre". Pittsburgh Penguins. 2009-03-04. Archived from the original on 2009-06-01. Retrieved 2009-08-04.
  7. ^ "Pittsburgh Penguins' Satan rising to the occasion". bleacherreport.com. 2009-05-09. Retrieved 2009-08-04.
  8. ^ "Bruins sign Miroslav Šatan for the remainder of the season". 2010-01-02.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-14. Retrieved 2010-06-13.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Dynamo Moscow release Satan, Strbak, and Chris Simon | Sports.ru in English".
  11. ^ "Miro Šatan v Slovane! Zatiaľ na mesiac". 9 September 2011. Retrieved 10 September 2011.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "Slovan zvíťazil v Prahe nad Levom. Chára zranil Šatana". 3 November 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
  13. ^ "Miroslav Šatan: "Modlite sa, aby som ešte hral!"". 18 December 2012. Retrieved 18 December 2012.
  14. ^ "Age No Obstacle for Miroslav Šatan". 4 May 2013. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 4 May 2013.
  15. ^ Hornby, Lance (9 September 2015). "Satan to run Team Europe for World Cup in 2016". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  16. ^ "Canada rallies to beat Team Europe, wins World Cup of Hockey". ESPN. 30 September 2016. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  17. ^ [1]

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Preceded by
Stu Barnes
Buffalo Sabres captain
October 2003
Succeeded by
Chris Drury