16 September 1980 |
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)|
|Played for||Sparta Praha
Long Beach Ice Dogs
|National team||Czech Republic|
|NHL Draft||1st overall, 1999
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. At the NHL level, Štefan is regarded by most as one of the biggest draft busts in league history.
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.
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. 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. He is currently a player agent in Metro Detroit, and a youth coach with Little Caesars Hockey.
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
Honours and achievements
- Won silver medal at 2006 IIHF World Championship
- What Happened to Patrik Stefan? – The Hockey Writers, 27 February 2009. Archived on March 2011
- Associated Press. "Stars win in shootout after late blunder costs them lead". ESPN. Retrieved 28 April 2014.
- Patrik Stefan retires from hockey
- George Sipple. "Ex-NHL top pick moves to Hockeytown to be agent, coach". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
- Biographical information and career statistics from Eliteprospects.com, or Eurohockey.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
|NHL first overall draft pick
|Atlanta Thrashers first round draft pick