Peter Bondra

Peter Bondra ( born February 7, 1968 in Lutsk, Ukrainian SSR ) is a former Slovak ice hockey player. During his career he played for the Washington Capitals, Ottawa Senators, Atlanta Thrashers and Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League.

  • 3.1 Personal Awards


Prior to his NHL career Bondra played for four years at VSZ Kosice in the Czechoslovak league. With them he was national champion in 1988.

In the NHL Entry Draft in 1990 it attracted the Washington Capitals in the ninth round to 156 place. Only a few months after his draft, he celebrated his debut on 5 October 1990 in North America against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Exactly one week later achieved " bang-bang Bondra " his first NHL goal against the New Jersey Devils. His first hat-trick succeeded him in 1990, after which he was voted the best rookie of the month of November. His best season so far succeeded in 1994/95 when he was top scorer in the NHL in the regular season. But the next 1995/96 season was very successful, as he became only the fourth player of the Washington Capitals, who cracked the 50 - goal mark in a season. He has been involved in this season at more than 20 % of the goals of the caps. This season he played seven games for the Detroit Vipers. The 1997/98 season, in which his Washington Capitals for the first time ever reached the final of the Stanley Cup, he finished as the best overall scorer from (regular season and playoffs ). On November 30, 2001, he scored his 398th NHL goal, one more than it managed to Mike Gartner. Since then, he is the top scorer of all time Washington. On 5 April 2003, he also won the the team record for points - scorer. A frequent award was " NHL Player of the Week ", which he received in November 1996, April 1998 and February 1999 for him the title.

After 14 years in the U.S. capital, he was traded to the Ottawa Senators in 2004. During his time in Washington, he scored a total of 472 goals and 353 assists ( 825 points ). During the NHL lockout he played for HK Tatravagónka Poprad ( Slovakia). Since his contract was not renewed at the senator, then he moved to the Atlanta Thrashers. There he played a season in which he reached 39 points. However, after only a year, he had to leave Atlanta, for here his contract was not renewed. At the beginning of the season 2006/ 07 Peter Bondra was in any team under contract. Only in mid- December, he was obliged by the Chicago Blackhawks. There he shot on 22 December 2006 the 500th hit of his NHL career. After the season took him, like last year, no team under contract. He ended his career on 29 October 2007 and assumed the post of general manager of the Slovak national team.


During the qualifying tournament for the Olympic Games in 1994 he stood for the first time in the jersey of the Slovak national team on the ice. After the 1995/96 season he was once again slip on the national team jersey at the World Cup of Hockey 1996. In 1998 he ran in the Olympics in Nagano players again for the Slovak national team. At the Ice Hockey World Championship for Men 2002 achieved " Bonzai " in the final against Russia two goals, including the game - winning goal decisive. Slovakia thus won the first gold medal in international ice hockey at all. At the World Cup next year, he helped Slovakia with a goal in a 4-2 victory against the Czech Republic to win the bronze medal.

Other Information

The right winger lives with his wife and three children in Annapolis, Maryland. His brother Juraj played professional hockey.

Sporting successes

  • World Champion: 2002

Personal Awards

  • Participate in the NHL All-Star Game: 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999