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Patrik Štefan
Patrik Stefan Thrashers 2002.jpg
Born 16 September 1980 (1980-09-16) (age 36),
Příbram, Czechoslovakia
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
Pro clubs HC Sparta Praha
Atlanta Thrashers
Dallas Stars
Ilves
SC Bern
Ntl. team Flag of the Czech Republic 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. At the NHL level, Štefan is regarded by most as one of the biggest draft busts in league history.[1]

Playing careerEdit

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.

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.

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.[2] 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.[3] He is currently a player agent in Laguna Beach, California, and a coach at Orange County Ice Palace.[1]

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

Honours and achievementsEdit

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Vincent Lecavalier
NHL first overall draft pick
1999
Succeeded by
Rick DiPietro
Preceded by
Team Created
Atlanta Thrashers first round draft pick
1999
Succeeded by
Dany Heatley

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