Patrik Štefan

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Patrik Štefan
Born (1980-09-16) 16 September 1980 (age 38)
Příbram, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Sparta Praha
Long Beach Ice Dogs
Atlanta Thrashers
Chicago Wolves
Ilves
Dallas Stars
SC Bern
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 1st overall, 1999
Atlanta Thrashers
Playing career 1996–2007

Patrik Štefan (born 16 September 1980) is a Czech retired professional ice hockey player who was drafted 1st overall by the Atlanta Thrashers in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Prior to being drafted by the Thrashers, Štefan played for Sparta Praha in the Czech Republic, and the Long Beach Ice Dogs of the IHL.

Štefan played six seasons for the Atlanta Thrashers scoring 177 points. During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Štefan played for Ilves Tampere in the SM-liiga. In 37 games, Štefan collected a total of 41 points including 28 assists. In the playoffs, Štefan had six assists and a goal in seven games.

On 24 June 2006, Štefan was traded to the Dallas Stars along with Jaroslav Modrý for Niko Kapanen and a 7th round draft pick in 2006.

Empty net blunder[edit]

Štefan earned significant notoriety on 4 January 2007 for a blunder during a game against the Edmonton Oilers. With seconds left in the game, and Dallas already ahead by a goal, Štefan gained possession of the puck and found himself on a breakaway towards an empty net. Štefan continued skating towards the crease rather than immediately shooting, then attempted a casual backhand into the net from close quarters. The puck hit bad ice and bounced up and over his stick, causing him to miss the goal, trip, and fall against the ice.[1] To compound the error, he then cleared the puck in the direction of the Oilers. This allowed a play to develop where fellow Czech Aleš Hemský scored with two seconds remaining to send the game to overtime. The Edmonton goal tied the game 5–5, but Dallas then won 6–5 in a shootout.

After Štefan's contract expired in 2007, the Dallas Stars chose not to re-sign him. Štefan signed with SC Bern of the Nationalliga A, but he only played three games for them before retiring in October 2007, largely due to a serious hip injury, the latest of several chronic injuries that plagued his career.[2] He is currently a player agent in Metro Detroit, and a youth coach with Little Caesars Hockey.[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
1996–97 HC Sparta Praha ELH 5 0 1 1 2 7 1 0 1 0
1997–98 HC Sparta Praha ELH 27 2 6 8 16
1997–98 Long Beach Ice Dogs IHL 25 5 10 15 10 10 1 1 2 2
1998–99 Long Beach Ice Dogs IHL 33 11 24 35 26
1999–2000 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 72 5 20 25 30
2000–01 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 66 10 21 31 22
2001–02 Chicago Wolves AHL 5 3 0 3 0
2001–02 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 59 7 16 23 22
2002–03 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 71 13 21 34 12
2003–04 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 82 14 26 40 26
2004–05 Ilves SM-l 37 13 28 41 47 7 1 6 7 4
2005–06 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 64 10 14 24 36
2006–07 Dallas Stars NHL 41 5 6 11 10
2007–08 SC Bern NLA 3 1 0 1 0
NHL totals 455 64 124 188 158

International[edit]

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1996 Czech Republic EJC 5 1 2 3 4
1997 Czech Republic EJC 6 3 1 4 6
1998 Czech Republic WJC 7 1 1 2 4
2006 Czech Republic WC 9 1 0 1 4
Junior totals 18 5 4 9 14
Senior totals 9 1 0 1 4

Honours and achievements[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Associated Press. "Stars win in shootout after late blunder costs them lead". ESPN. Retrieved 28 April 2014.
  2. ^ Patrik Stefan retires from hockey
  3. ^ George Sipple. "Ex-NHL top pick moves to Hockeytown to be agent, coach". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 21 February 2018.

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Preceded by
Vincent Lecavalier
NHL first overall draft pick
1999
Succeeded by
Rick DiPietro
Preceded by
None
Atlanta Thrashers first round draft pick
1999
Succeeded by
Dany Heatley