(born January 28
) is a retired National Hockey League
player. He played his entire NHL career with the Washington Capitals
. Selected by the Capitals in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft
, Pivonka defected to the United States during the summer of 1986. Since Eastern Europe was still under the Iron Curtain, it was still difficult for younger hockey players from the Eastern Block to play in the NHL.
During his NHL career, Pivonka played in 825 games, scored 181 goals and had 418 assists for a total of 599 points, twice leading the Capitals in scoring; 1991–92 (23G, 57A, 80P) and 1995–96 (16G, 65A, 81P).
Pivonka retired after several injury filled seasons.