Hejduk during warmups before a Avalanche-Thrashers game on March 11, 2008
|Born||February 14, 1976
Ústí nad Labem, Czechoslovakia
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)|
|National team||Czech Republic|
|NHL Draft||87th overall, 1994
Milan Hejduk (born February 14, 1976, in Ústí nad Labem, Czechoslovakia) is a Czech retired ice hockey right winger. He played a combined 14 seasons in the National Hockey League all with the Colorado Avalanche.
Career[change | change source]
Before playing in the NHL, Hejduk played 5 seasons with HC Pardubice of the Czech Extraliga. He was drafted by the Quebec Nordiques with the 87th overall pick in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. In 2001, Hejduk won the Stanley Cup with the Avalanche when they defeated the New Jersey Devils 4 games to 3. During the 2002-03 NHL season, he was able to win the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy beating out Markus Näslund of the Vancouver Canucks. When the 2004-05 NHL lockout happened, Hejduk returned to the Czech Republic to play for his old team, HC Pardubice. He became the captain of the Avalanche on November 14, 2011. He gave up captaincy because of his role in the organization changing.
Hejduk retired from playing professional ice hockey on November 13, 2013.
References[change | change source]
- "Maurice Richard Trophy: Past Recipients". NHL. http://www.nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=24958. Retrieved 2014-2-1.
- "Hejduk Named Captain". NHL. http://avalanche.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=601257. Retrieved 2014-2-1.
- "Gabriel Landeskog succeeds Milan Hejduk as Colorado Avalanche captain". The Denver Post. http://www.denverpost.com/avalanche/ci_21465022/gabriel-landeskog-succeeds-milan-hejduk-colorado-avalanche-captain. Retrieved 2014-2-1.
- "Longtime Avalanche forward Hejduk to retire". NHL. http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=691338. Retrieved 2014-2-1.