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Patrik Stefan
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Born September 16, 1980 (1980-09-16) (age 38)
Pribram, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
Played for Atlanta Thrashers
Dallas Stars
NHL Draft 1st overall, 1999
Atlanta Thrashers
Playing career 1996–2007

Patrik Stefan (born on September 16, 1980) is a Czech retired professional ice hockey player who was drafted 1st overall by the Atlanta Thrashers in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

At the NHL level, he is regarded by some as one of the greatest draft busts in league history.

Playing CareerEdit

Prior to being drafted by the Thrashers, Patrik played for HC Sparta Praha in the Czech Republic, and the Long Beach Ice Dogs of the IHL.

For six seasons, he played for the Atlanta Thrashers scoring 177 points. On October 23, 2004, Patrik signed as a free agent by Ilves Tampere during the 2004-05 NHL lockout.

In 37 games, Patrik collected a total of 41 points including 28 assists. In the playoffs, he had six assists and a goal in seven games.

On June 24, 2006, Patrik was traded to the Dallas Stars along with Jaroslav Modry for Niko Kapanen and a 7th round draft pick (Will O'Neill) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

He earned significant notoriety when he missed and fell on a breakaway towards an empty net against the Edmonton Oilers on January 4, 2007 which allowed a play to develop where fellow Czech Ales Hemsky scored with two seconds remaining to send the game to overtime.

The Edmonton goal tied the game 5-5, but Dallas then won 6-5 in a shootout. After his contract expired in 2007, the Dallas Stars chose not to re-sign him.

On August 15, 2007, Patrik signed with SC Bern of the Nationalliga A as a free agent but he only played three games for them before officially retiring on October 7, 2007 due to a serious hip injury.

Post-Playing CareerEdit

Patrik is currently a player agent in Laguna Beach, California and a coach at the Orange County Ice Palace.

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996–97 HC Sparta Praha CZE 5 0 1 1 2 7 1 0 1 0
1997–98 HC Sparta Praha CZE 27 2 6 8 16
1997–98 Long Beach Ice Dogs IHL 25 5 10 15 10 10 1 1 2 2
1998–99 Long Beach Ice Dogs IHL 33 11 24 35 26
1999–00 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 72 5 20 25 30
2000–01 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 66 10 21 31 22
2001–02 Chicago Wolves AHL 5 3 0 3 0
2001–02 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 59 7 16 23 22
2002–03 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 71 13 21 34 12
2003–04 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 82 14 26 40 26
2004–05 Ilves SM-liiga 37 13 28 41 47 7 1 6 7 4
2005–06 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 64 10 14 24 36
2006–07 Dallas Stars NHL 41 5 6 11 10
2007–08 SC Bern NLA 3 1 0 1 0
NHL totals 455 64 124 188 158
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