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Patrik Štefan
Born September 16, 1980 (1980-09-16) (age 29),

Příbram, CS

Height

Weight

6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)

210 lb (95 kg; 14 st 0 lb)

Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Atlanta Thrashers

Dallas Stars

NHL Draft 1st overall, 1999

Atlanta Thrashers

Playing career 1996–2007

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


Playing careerEdit

Patrik Štefan was drafted first over-all by the Atlanta Thrashers in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

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

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

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

Štefan earned significant notoriety when he missed and fell on a breakaway towards an empty net against the Edmonton Oilers on January 4, 2007,[1] which allowed a play to develop where fellow Czech Aleš Hemský scored with two seconds remaining to send the game to overtime.[1]. Former NHL player and former teammate of Stefan, Ray Ferraro, who was commentating the game for Sportsnet, remarked that it was the "worst play" he'd seen in 25 years of NHL hockey; Ferraro also remarked, "That's the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen... Patrik Stefan, you should be embarrassed for what you just did; that does not belong in the National Hockey League!" Stars analyst Daryl Reaugh, meanwhile, compared Štefan to Leon Lett, another Dallas athlete remembered for two costly misplays while a member of the Cowboys. (The Edmonton goal tied the game 5-5, but Dallas then won 6-5 in overtime on 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.[2] He is currently a player agent in Laguna Beach, California, and a coach at Orange County Ice Palace.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996–97 HC Sparta Praha CZE 5 0 1 1 2 7 1 0 1 0
1997–98 HC Sparta Praha CZE 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
1999–00 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-liiga 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

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