Jan Hejda

January Hejda ( born June 18, 1978 in Prague, Czechoslovakia) is a Czech ice hockey player. Since July 2011, he plays for the Colorado Avalanche in the National Hockey League on the position of the defender.


The 1.91 m tall defender started his career with HC Slavia Prague in the Czech Extraliga before being selected in the NHL Entry Draft in 2003 as a 106 in the fourth round by the Buffalo Sabres ( drafted ) was.

First, however, the left gunner moved to the Russian Super League, where he spent two seasons at HK CSKA Moscow and a season in Moskovskaya Oblast Chimik. In July 2006, Hejda was transferred from the Sabres in exchange for a seventh- round draft pick to the Edmonton Oilers, where he still signed a one year contract in the same week. His first NHL goal was scored by the defender on 8 January 2007 with the crucial overtime goal against the Los Angeles Kings.

In July 2007, Hejda signed a one-year contract worth one million U.S. dollars at the Columbus Blue Jackets. With a plus / minus stats by 20 after the first season there, he became one of the best defensive players, so his contract was extended for three years in April 2008.

After this contract was not renewed, Hejda signed on 1 July 2011, a four-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche.


With the Czech national team was Jan Hejda 2005 Hockey World Champion, he also contested the World Cup finals in 2003, 2004 and 2008. Been in 31 World Cup matches, the defender was able to achieve two goals and an assist.

Career Stats

( Key to Career statistics: Sp or GP = Games Played, T or G = goals scored, V or A = achieved assists; Pts or Pts = scored points scorer, SM or PIM = received penalty minutes, / - = Plus / Minus balance sheet; PP = scored majority gates; SH = scored shorthanded goals, GW = achieved victory gates; Play-downs/Relegation 1 )