Milan Hejduk ( born February 14, 1976 in Ústí nad Labem, Czechoslovakia) is a Czech ice hockey player. From 1998 to 2013 he played for the Colorado Avalanche in the National Hockey League ( NHL ) on the position of the right winger. In his 13 seasons lasting NHL career he won in 2001 with the Avalanche to the Stanley Cup in 2003 as well as a top scorer in the NHL, the Maurice Richard Trophy. In November 2011, Milan Hejduk was named the third captain of the Colorado Avalanche history. At international level, he won with the Czech national team at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games gold medal.
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Milan Hejduk began his playing career in the youth teams of the HC Teplice before he moved to the Czech first division team HC Pardubice 1992. For this club he gave during the 1993/94 season his debut in the men's team. In the same year he was honored as Extraliga Rookie of the Year. After his first season at senior level of the then 18 -year-old selected at the NHL Entry Draft by the Quebec Nordiques in 1994 in the fourth round to 87th was ( drafted ). Until 1998, he played for Pardubice in the Extraliga and was able to improve his stats from year to year.
In summer 1998, he moved to North America and immediately made the jump to the NHL. The team that had drafted him was now withdrawn from Quebec to Denver in the Colorado Avalanche he was in the shadow of the big stars Joe Sakic and Peter Forsberg mature together with some youngsters like Chris Drury and Adam Dead Marsh became a star. In 2001, he took his team to the Stanley Cup. He had his best season 2002/ 03 when he scored both goals as the most dominant in the plus / minus rating. When the NHL players went on strike in the 2004/05 season, he returned for a year to HC Pardubice and won the Czech championship.
His first try in the national jersey had Hejduk at the U20 World Cup in 1995. Starting in 1998, he played at major events in the team of the Czechs, as in the 1998 World Cup, where they won the bronze medal and in the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, where the Czech team won the gold medal. He had at the Olympic Winter Games in 2002 and 2006. With the latter he again won the bronze medal Olympic More applications. He also took part in the 2003 World Cup and the World Cup of Hockey 2004.
Awards and achievements
- 2003 Maurice Rocket ' Richard Trophy
- 2003 NHL Plus / Minus Award (shared with Peter Forsberg )
- 2003 NHL Second All- Star Team
- 2003 Zlata Hokejka
- 2009 NHL All -Star Game
( 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 )