|6 ft 1 in (0 m)|
200 lb (91 kg)
Toronto Maple Leafs
|Born||December 19 1983,|
Mississauga, ON, CAN
|NHL Draft||57th overall, 2002|
Toronto Maple Leafs
|Pro Career||2002 – present|
Matthew Stajan (born December 19, 1983) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre currently playing for the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (NHL). Matthew is of Slovenian descent and holds dual citizenship of Canada and Slovenia.
Hockey career[edit | edit source]
Minor leagues[edit | edit source]
Stajan attended St. Timothy's Elementary School and Iona Catholic Secondary School. As a young hockey player, Stajan played for such minor organizations as The Toronto Red Wings and Mississauga Senators.
He was drafted 79th overall by the Belleville Bulls in the 2000 Ontario Hockey League (OHL) priority selection. After scoring 33 goals and 52 assists with the Bulls, he was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft with the 57th overall selection. Stajan played one game in Toronto at the end of the junior campaign, in which he scored his first NHL goal on his first shot against the Ottawa Senators' goalie Martin Prusek.
NHL[edit | edit source]
At the age of 20, Stajan was able to make the Maple Leafs' roster. In his first full NHL regular-season, he was selected to the NHL All-Star Young Stars team as a forward. Stajan had two points (1 goal, 1 assist) in the game.
During the 2005–06 season, Stajan tied Marián Hossa for first place with eight shorthanded points (four goals, four assists). On September 13, 2006, the Leafs signed Stajan to a two-year deal worth $1.75 million.
On July 7, 2008, Stajan re-signed with the Leafs inking a two-year, $3.5 million deal.
Stajan wears the uniform #14 which he selected in honour of his uncle Robert. Robert wore #14 during his basketball career before dying of cancer at the age of 22. Leafs legend Dave Keon, who played for the Leafs during their last Stanley Cup victory in the 1966–67 NHL season, also wore #14. Keon distanced himself from the franchise during the Harold Ballard era, and held a grudge because his number was never retired. Stajan stated that if the Leafs wanted to retire the number, he would immediately surrender it.
During the 2008–09 season, he scored a career high in points, leading the team in points for most of the season until Jason Blake passed him near the end of the season.
International play[edit | edit source]
Awards and achievements[edit | edit source]
Career statistics[edit | edit source]
|2002–03||St. John's Maple Leafs||AHL||1||0||1||1||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||1||1||0||1||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||69||14||13||27||22||3||0||0||0||2|
|2004–05||St. John's Maple Leafs||AHL||80||23||43||66||43||5||2||2||4||6|
|2005–06||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||80||15||12||27||50||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||82||10||29||39||44||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||82||16||17||33||47||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||76||15||40||55||54||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||55||16||25||41||30||—||—||—||—||—|
References[edit | edit source]
- Winer, David. "Stajan keeps it in perspective", The Mississauga News, 2007-07-12. Retrieved on 2007-11-13.
- Leafs and Stajan agree to two year deal. TSN.ca (2006-09-13). Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved on 2007-11-13.
- Leafs, Stajan Agree to a Two-Year Contract. TSN.ca (2008-07-07). Retrieved on 2008-07-07.
- Zeisberger, Mike. "It's no numbers game: Stajan and 14 have a history in the family", CANOE, 2007-02-17. Retrieved on 2007-11-13.
- Roarke, Shawn P.. "Leafs land Flames' Phaneuf in blockbuster deal", NHL.com, January 31, 2010. Retrieved on 31 January 2010.
- TSN player profile. Retrieved on 2007-07-27.
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