- 2.1 International
- 3.1 International
Hecht initially went through the junior section of the Mannheim ERC. In the season 1994/95 he was at the age of 17 years, made his debut in the senior squad the Adler Mannheim in the German Hockey League. In his very first season get him 23 points in 43 games, which he has been selected in the NHL Entry Draft in 1995 by the St. Louis Blues in the second round to 49th position. However, Hecht remained for the time being three more seasons with his hometown club in Mannheim and won with this at the end of the seasons 1996/97 and 1997/98 respectively to the national title. His personal best season, he completed it in 1996/97 when he scored 42 points in 46 games.
In the summer of 1998, Hecht then moved to North America. However, he did not make the jump right away in the squad of the St. Louis Blues, but spent most of the season with the Worcester IceCats, the former farm team the Blues in the American Hockey League. There he convinced with good performance and came in the course of the regular season for his first three missions in the NHL. As of the playoffs, where he scored his first NHL points, he belonged to the tribe squad. In the following two seasons, who took the blues with a renowned squad as championship favorite in attack, the German developed into a reliable worker and points scorer. All the more surprising was followed in the summer of 2001 the transfer to the Edmonton Oilers. For Doug Weight and Michel Riesen Hecht joined together with Marty Reasoner and Jan Horáček to Canada because the St. Louis Blues after a disappointing performance in the previous season 2000/ 01 restructured their squad. The Oilers of the Center spent only one season. Despite 40 points in 82 games, he was given for a second-round draft pick in the NHL Entry Draft in 2002 to the Buffalo Sabres. For the Sabres, he went through a difficult first season as he could get only 49 times for use by a concussion and a hip injury. He came in the game in 2003/ 04 but strengthened back and graduated measured by its yield point his best year so far.
Due to the lockout of the NHL season 2004/ 05 Pike returned for a year to Germany and played in his parent club in Mannheim. As team captain, he led the Eagles to the runner-up title. He drove in 48 games in the regular season with 50 points and 20 points in 14 playoff games.
For the season 2005/ 06 the Centre went back to North America and was now one of the leaders of the Sabres. The season 2006/ 07, graduated from the Buffalo for the most part in outstanding fashion, brought Hecht's strongest year with him when he first was after a long time without long-term injury and came to 76 missions in which he recorded 56 points. After the departures of Daniel Briere and Chris Drury in the summer of 2007, the Sabres introduced the principle of rotation for the captaincy, which the German was the first player during the season, who held this office for a month. His salary with the Sabres was 3.8 million U.S. dollars per season.
During the lockout in the NHL Hecht signed in December 2012 a contract with his old home club Adler Mannheim for which he completed six games. Then he returned to the Buffalo Sabres in the NHL, where his contract ran until the end of season 2012/13. Since the 2013/14 season he again plays for the Adler Mannheim in the DEL.
Hecht came in 1994 for the first time at the Junior World Championships for a German selection on the international stage are used. Other participations he came at the Junior World Championships in 1995, 1996 and 1997. His first jobs for the senior team, he graduated at the World Championships in 1996. Later did he also took part in the World Cup of Hockey. There were other nominations for the World Championships in 1997, 1998, 2004, 2005 and 2009 Olympic Winter Games in 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010 and the World Cup of Hockey 2004. Due to an injury but he could not participate in the 2006 Winter Games.
Awards and achievements
Represented Germany at:
- U18 European Junior Championships 1994
- U20 Junior World Cup 1994
- U18 European Junior Championships 1995
- U20 World Junior Championships 1995
- U20 World Junior Championships 1996
- World Cup 1996
- World Cup of Hockey 1996
- U20 World Junior Championships 1997
- World Cup 1997
- 1998 Winter Olympics
- World Cup 1998
- 2002 Winter Olympics
- World Cup 2004
- World Cup of Hockey 2004
- World Championship 2005
- 2006 Winter Olympics
- World Cup 2009
- 2010 Winter Olympics
( 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 )