|Born|| 16 September 1980,|
| 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
|Pro clubs|| HC Sparta Praha|
|Ntl. 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 when on a breakaway towards an empty net, the puck hit bad ice and bounced up and over his stick, causing him to miss the goal and fall against the Edmonton Oilers on 4 January 2007. 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 Laguna Beach, California, and a coach at Orange County Ice Palace.
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
Honours and achievementsEdit
- Won silver medal on Ice Hockey World Championships 2006
- Patrik Štefan's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
- Patrik Štefan, Dallas Stars – Edmonton Oilers miss video (YouTube)
|Awards and achievements|
|NHL first overall draft pick|
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|Atlanta Thrashers first round draft pick|
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