Nick Stajduhar

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Nick Stajduhar (born December 6, 1974 in Kitchener, Ontario) is a former professional ice hockey defenceman. He was selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the first round of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, 16th overall, a pick the Oilers received from the Los Angeles Kings in the Wayne Gretzky trade.

Stajduhar only played two games for Edmonton, largely bouncing around the minor leagues, including three years in the East Coast Hockey League with the Pensacola Ice Pilots, as well as even lower level play with the Memphis Riverkings of the Central Hockey League and the Flint Generals of the United Hockey League.

Unprofessional behaviour[edit]

Although there were serious questions about Stajduhar's attitude and its effect on his career, especially during his time in the ECHL, other factors also came into play. Although Stajduhar was a physical, offense-minded defenceman during his junior years (with the OHL's London Knights), his play went into a sharp decline following an off-season incident in Sydney, Nova Scotia outside a nightclub, during Stajduhar's spell with the Cape Breton Oilers. Stajduhar was sucker-punched in the back of the head, an injury that left him concussed and delayed his start the following season.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1990–91 London Knights OHL 66 3 12 15 39 7 0 0 0 2
1991–92 London Knights OHL 66 6 15 21 62 10 1 4 5 10
1992–93 London Knights OHL 49 15 46 61 58 12 4 11 15 10
1993–94 London Knights OHL 52 34 52 86 58 5 0 2 2 8
1994–95 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 54 12 26 38 55
1995–96 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 8 2 0 2 11
1995–96 Edmonton Oilers NHL 2 0 0 0 4
1996–97 Pensacola Ice Pilots ECHL 30 9 15 24 32 12 1 6 7 34
1996–97 Quebec Rafales IHL 7 1 3 4 2
1996–97 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 11 1 2 3 2
1997–98 Pensacola Ice Pilots ECHL 19 4 8 12 36 19 5 21 26 10
1997–98 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 15 2 0 2 27
1997–98 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 13 0 0 0 16
1998–99 Pensacola Ice Pilots ECHL 33 7 18 25 66
1998–99 Louisiana IceGators ECHL 30 5 18 23 26 5 1 1 2 10
1999–00 Flint Generals UHL 67 22 49 71 106 15 5 21 26 24
2000–01 Memphis RiverKings CHL 36 9 45 54 104
2000–01 Idaho Steelheads WCHL 7 0 7 7 14 12 0 6 6 8
2000–01 Houston Aeros IHL 22 0 0 0 16
NHL totals 2 0 0 0 4
AHL totals 86 15 28 43 84

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Preceded by
Jason Arnott
Edmonton Oilers first round draft pick
1993
Succeeded by
Jason Bonsignore