Jan Hrdina ( born February 5, 1976 in Hradec Králové, Czechoslovakia ) is a former Czech professional ice hockey player who played during his active career, among others, for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Phoenix Coyotes, New Jersey Devils and Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League.
Hrdina comes from the offspring of HC Hradec Králové and decided in 1994 to a move to North America. There he played between 1994 and 1996 in the Western Hockey League for the Seattle Thunderbirds and Spokane Chiefs. During the NHL Entry Draft in 1995 he was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the fifth round at a total of 128 point. 1996 Hrdina received his first professional contract with the Cleveland Lumberjacks of the International Hockey League. In the 1997/98 season, he went for the Syracuse Crunch in the American Hockey League on the ice. Between 1998 and 2003 he played exclusively for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League and was able to extend his points haul to 2002, to 57 points scorer.
In March 2003, exchanged the Pittsburgh Penguins him together with François Leroux against Ramzi Abid, Dan Focht and Guillaume Lefebvre of the Phoenix Coyotes. A year later, in March 2004, sent him the Coyotes to the New Jersey Devils, who for Michael Rupp and received a draft pick.
During the lockout in the 2004/ 05 NHL season Hrdina returned to Europe and played for HC Kladno in the Czech Extraliga. In August 2005, he received a one-year contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets, for which he collected 33 points scorer in 75 NHL games.
After he received no new NHL contract in the summer of 2006, Hrdina was committed from the Elitserien on 28 August 2006 by the HV71. The start of the contract was dated October 18, 2006, so that he received a tax-advantaged half- year contract. Therefore, he graduated at the beginning of the season 2006/ 07 some games for HIFK Helsinki of the Finnish SM- liiga. After the season he extended his contract for another two years. In 2008 he was with the HV71 Swedish Champion.
After he / completed in the 2008 season 09 games three to Hrdina underwent due to persistent injury problems hip surgery. Since the surgery Hrdina has not played a hockey game, but his career has not officially ended.
Awards and achievements
Represented the Czech Republic at:
- European Junior Championships 1994
- World Youth Championship 1995
- 2002 Winter Olympics
- World Cup 2002
( 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 )