Martin Straka
Born September 3 1972 (1972-09-03) (age 47),
Plzeň, TCH
5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Forward
Shoots Left
CzEx team
F. teams
HC Plzeň 1929
New York Rangers (NHL)
Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)
Ottawa Senators (NHL)
New York Islanders (NHL)
Florida Panthers (NHL)
Los Angeles Kings (NHL)
Ntl. team Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic
NHL Draft 19th overall, 1992
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career 1989–present

Martin Straka (born September 3, 1972) is a Czech ice hockey centre who plays for HC Plzeň 1929 of the Czech Extraliga. He is also the club's general manager and co-owner.

Playing careerEdit

Straka was drafted 19th overall by the Penguins in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft, and has played for several teams throughout his 18 year NHL career. After producing only 4 goals and 16 points in 31 games, Straka was traded to the Ottawa Senators on April 7, 1995 for Norm MacIver and Troy Murray. The following season, on January 23, 1996, less than a year after being traded to Ottawa, he was traded again. Straka, along with Don Beaupre and former #1 overall pick Bryan Berard was traded to the New York Islanders for Damian Rhodes and Wade Redden. He would be placed on waivers and claimed by the Florida Panthers on March 15, 1996. Florida would not re-sign Straka after the 1996–97 season, which made him an unrestricted free agent. He then returned to Pittsburgh beginning in 1997-98.

He would go on to have a career year during the 2000–2001 season for Pittsburgh as he amassed 27 goals and 95 points and establish himself as one of the leagues premiere two-way players due to his explosive speed and on-ice vision. However, the following season his speedy reputation would be called into jeopardy as Straka would suffer a season-ending injury in the form of a broken leg, an injury which would take him years to recover from. On November 30, 2003, in a cost-cutting move, the Penguins would deal Straka to the Los Angeles Kings for Russian prospect Sergei Anshakov and defenceman Martin Strbak. Straka would later sign as a free agent by the Rangers on August 2, 2005. On January 17, 2007, despite reports that he was considering retirement, Straka signed a one-year contract extension for the 2007–08 season.

On February 16, 2008 in a game against the Buffalo Sabres, Straka assisted on a goal to record his 700th NHL point.

He was a part of the gold medal-winning Olympic team at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano. He also won gold in the 2005 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships in Vienna.

In July 2008, Straka returned home to the Czech Extraliga, signing a one-year deal with HC Lasselsberger Plzeň (now HC Plzeň 1929).[1]

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1992–93Cleveland LumberjacksIHL44370
1992–93Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL423131629112132
1993–94Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL843034642461012
1994–95Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL314121616
1994–95Ottawa SenatorsNHL61120
1995–96Ottawa SenatorsNHL439162529
1995–96New York IslandersNHL22210126
1995–96Florida PanthersNHL122466132242
1996–97Florida PanthersNHL55722291240000
1997–98Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL751923422862022
1998–99Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL80354883261369156
1999–00Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL712039592611391210
2000–01Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL82276895381858138
2001–02Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL135490
2002–03Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL6018284612
2003–04Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL22481216
2003–04Los Angeles KingsNHL3268144
2005–06New York RangersNHL822254764240002
2006–07New York RangersNHL76294170241028102
2007–08New York RangersNHL651427412210371016
NHL totals 954 257 460 717 360 106 26 44 70 52
Czechoslovak/Czech Extraliga totals 285 115 170 285 166 37 14 19 33 6

International playEdit

Olympic medal record
Men's ice hockey
Gold 1998 Nagano Team
Bronze 2006 Turin Team
World Championships
Gold 2005 Vienna Ice hockey
Season Team Event GP G A P PIM


External linksEdit

Preceded by
Markus Näslund
Pittsburgh Penguins first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Stefan Bergkvist
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