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Patrik Štefan
Position Center
Shot Left
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
210 lb (95 kg)
Teams Atlanta Thrashers
Dallas Stars
Nationality CZE
Born September 16 1980 (1980-09-16) (age 36),
Příbram, CS
NHL Draft 1st overall, 1999
Atlanta Thrashers
Pro Career 1996 – 2007

Patrik Štefan (September 16, 1980 in Příbram, Czechoslovakia) is a retired Czech professional ice hockey player.

Playing careerEdit

Patrik Štefan was drafted first overall by the Atlanta Thrashers in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. The draft was considered one of the weakest pools of talent in recent NHL history, although it did produce current stars Henrik and Daniel Sedin, Martin Havlat and Henrik Zetterberg.

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

Patrik played six seasons for the Atlanta Thrashers scoring 177 points. During the 04-05 NHL lockout, Patrik played for Ilves Tampere in the SM-liiga. In 37 games the center collected a total of 41 points including 28 assists. In the playoffs, Štefan had six assists and a goal in seven games for a total of seven points.

On June 24, 2006 after failing to live up to his expectations, Štefan was traded to the Dallas Stars along with Jaroslav Modry 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 in 2007, which allowed a play to develop wherein Ales Hemsky scored to send the game to overtime.[1]

After Stefan's contract expired in 2007, the Dallas Stars chose not to re-sign him. Stefan signed with SC Bern of the Nationalliga A, but he only played three games for them before retiring on October 5, 2007 due to chronic injuries. [2]

Career statisticsEdit

                                  Regular Season              
Season  Team                    Lge   GP   G   A    Pts  PIM   
1999-00 Atlanta Thrashers       NHL   72   5   20   25   30 
2000-01 Atlanta Thrashers       NHL   66   10  21   31   22   
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                   FIN   37   13  28   41   47
2005-06 Atlanta Thrashers       NHL   64   10  14   24   36
2006-07 Dallas Stars            NHL   41   5   6    11   10

                   NHL Totals         455  66  127  193  160

See alsoEdit

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Preceded by
Vincent Lecavalier
1st Overall Pick in NHL Entry Draft
Succeeded by
Rick DiPietro
National Hockey League first overall draft picks

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