Patrik Stefan

Patrik Štefan

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

Playing career

Patrik Štefan was drafted first overall by the Atlanta Thrashers in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. The draft was initially considered to be one of the deepest pools of talent, but many of the top selections have yet to make an impact in the NHL. The few exceptions are current stars Henrik and Daniel Sedin, Henrik Zetterberg and Martin Havlat.

Prior to being drafted by the Thrashers, Štefan played for 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 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 on January 4, 2007, which allowed a play to develop where in Ales Hemsky scored with two seconds remaining to send the game to overtime. Rogers Sportsnet broadcaster, and Stefan's former captain, Ray Ferraro commented during the telecast: "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!"

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.

Career statistics

    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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