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Milan Hejduk



 Milan Hejduk

Milan Hejduk (born February 14, 1976) is a Czech professional ice hockey forward and the captain for the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career

The 6-foot (1.83 m) tall, 190-pound (86 kg) Hejduk was drafted 87th overall by the Quebec Nordiques in the 4th round of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, after a year with HC Pardubice in the Czech Extraliga, after he won the Czech Rookie of the Year with 11 goals in 32 games. Hedjuk would remain with Pardubice until 1998, scoring 14, 13, 27, and 26 goals in his next four seasons before transferring to the NHL after the 1997–98 season.

He won the Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard Trophy as the NHL’s top goalscorer when he scored 50 goals for the Avalanche in the 2002–03 season, narrowly beating Markus Näslund of the Vancouver Canucks, who had been leading for most of the season. Hejduk scored a goal against the Calgary Flames in a 3–0 win for the Avalanche on March 12, 2006, putting him equal with Peter Forsberg in sixth place on the all-time Avalanche franchise goalscoring list with 216 goals. He won the Stanley Cup in 2001 with the Colorado Avalanche.

During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Hejduk returned to HC Pardubice, racking up 25 goals in 48 Czech Extraliga games. Hejduk with Pardubice won Extraliga.

In the 2008–09 season, Hejduk scored his 300th goal alongside Ryan Smyth on January 18, 2009 against the Calgary Flames in a 6–2 victory at thePepsi Center.[1] He dressed for all 82 games that year for the Avalanche and ended their most unsuccessful season in history tied with Smyth as the Av’s top scorer with 59 points. Milan also led the Avalanche for the fifth time in his career with 27 goals.

Prior to the 2009–10 campaign, Hejduk was signed to an additional one-year contract extension ending in 2011 on September 24, 2009.[2] Alongside long-time teammate and Captain Adam Foote, Hejduk provided veteran leadership to a re-invigorated youth laden Avalanche side to start the year. After initially persisting with a knee and back injuries through the first half of the season, on January 19, 2010, Milan opted to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery and forgo the 2010 Winter Olympics with the Czech Republic to recoup.[3] After over a month on the sidelines, Hejduk scored two goals against the St. Louis Blues to mark his return on March 7.[4] In helping Colorado return to the playoffs he completed the year to place third on the team with 23 goals despite playing in a career low 56 games. Hejduk scored just 1 goal in playoffs before he succumbed to a head injury after a collision with line-mate Paul Stastny in game three of the Western conference Quarter-finals series defeat against the San Jose Sharks.[5]

On May 11, 2011, Hejduk extended his stay with the Avalanche signing a one-year contract for the 2011–12 season.[6] On November 14, Milan Hejduk was named the third captain in Colorado Avalanche history after a brief vacancy left by Adam Foote‘s retirement.[7] Milan saw a decline in his offensive production for his first season as team captain. Scoring 14 goals and 37 points in 81 games, this ended his impressive career streak of twelve consecutive 20-plus-goal seasons. Shortly after the 11-12 season, after the Avs would miss the postseason for the second time in two years, Hejduk has stated he considers retirement.[8] Despite these statements, he re-signs with the Colorado Avs to a one-year, $2M contract on May 18th, 2012.

As of 2012, Hejduk and goaltender Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins are the only players drafted by the Quebec Nordiques still active in the NHL. Thomas’s career is currently on hiatus.

[edit]NHL All-Star Games

Hejduk has been selcted to play in three NHL All-Star Games. In 2000 All-Star Game, he played on the World team in a 9–4 win over North America. He earned a primary assist on Pavol Demitra‘s third period goal. In 2001, he was chosen to replace an injured Jaromír Jágr in the starting line-up, one of the six Avs selected as starters. He did not, however, pick up a point in a 14–12 loss to North America. In 2009, he was selected as the only Av in the All-Star Lineup for the 57th All-Star Game.[9] He posted a goal and two assists in an 12–11 shootout loss to the Eastern Conference.

[edit]Personal life

Milan is married to Zlatuse and has twin sons named Marek and David, born January 3, 2004.[10][11]

[edit]Career statistics

[edit]Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1993–94 HC Pardubice CZE 32 11 4 15 0 10 5 1 6 0
1994–95 HC Pardubice CZE 49 14 14 28 6 6 3 1 4 0
1995–96 HC Pardubice CZE 37 13 7 20 4
1996–97 HC Pardubice CZE 51 27 11 38 10 10 6 0 6 27
1997–98 HC Pardubice CZE 48 26 19 45 20 3 0 0 0 2
1998–99 Colorado Avalanche NHL 82 14 34 48 26 16 6 6 12 4
1999–00 Colorado Avalanche NHL 82 36 36 72 16 17 5 4 9 6
2000–01 Colorado Avalanche NHL 80 41 38 79 36 23 7 16 23 6
2001–02 Colorado Avalanche NHL 62 21 23 44 24 16 3 3 6 4
2002–03 Colorado Avalanche NHL 82 50 48 98 32 7 2 2 4 2
2003–04 Colorado Avalanche NHL 82 35 40 75 20 11 5 2 7 0
2004–05 HC Pardubice CZE 48 25 26 51 14 16 6 2 8 6
2005–06 Colorado Avalanche NHL 74 24 34 58 24 9 2 6 8 2
2006–07 Colorado Avalanche NHL 80 35 35 70 44
2007–08 Colorado Avalanche NHL 77 29 25 54 36 10 3 3 6 4
2008–09 Colorado Avalanche NHL 82 27 32 59 16
2009–10 Colorado Avalanche NHL 56 23 21 44 10 3 1 0 1 0
2010–11 Colorado Avalanche NHL 71 22 34 56 18
2011–12 Colorado Avalanche NHL 81 14 23 37 14
NHL totals 991 371 423 794 316 112 34 42 76 28

[edit]International

Milan Hejduk
Medal record
Competitor for 22px Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Milan Hejduk Czech Republic
Ice hockey
Winter Olympics
Gold 1998 Nagano
Bronze 2006 Torino
World Championships
Bronze 1998 Basel
Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
1995 Czech Republic WJC 7 1 3 4 14
1996 Czech Republic WJC 6 0 0 0 0
1998 Czech Republic OG 4 0 0 0 2
1998 Czech Republic WC 1 0 0 0 0
2002 Czech Republic OG 4 1 0 1 0
2003 Czech Republic WC 7 5 1 6 2
2004 Czech Republic WCH 4 3 2 5 2
2006 Czech Republic OG 8 2 1 3 2
Junior int’l totals 13 1 3 4 14
Senior int’l totals 28 11 4 15 8

[edit]Awards and honours

Award Year
National Hockey League
All-Rookie Team 1997–98
All-Star Game 1999–20002000–012008–09 [9]
Stanley Cup 2000–01
Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy 2002–03
Bud Light Plus/Minus Award 2002–03
Second All-Star Team 2002–03
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