Miroslav Šatan

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Miroslav Šatan
Miroslav Šatan.jpg
Born (1974-10-22) October 22, 1974 (age 39)
Jacovce, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 191 lb (87 kg; 13 st 9 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Left
KHL team
Former teams
Slovan Bratislava
Dynamo Moscow
Edmonton Oilers
Buffalo Sabres
New York Islanders
Pittsburgh Penguins
Boston Bruins
National team  Slovakia
NHL Draft 111th overall, 1993
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career 1992–present

Miroslav Šatan (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈmɪroslɑv ˈʃatan]; born October 22, 1974) is a Slovak professional ice hockey right winger currently playing for Slovan Bratislava of the Kontinental Hockey League.

Playing career

Pre-NHL

In 1991–92, he played for the local HC Topolcany and did remarkably well, as he scored 30 goals and had 22 assists in just 31 games. He then graduated to the senior division within the same year. When he became 18, he joined HC Dukla Trenčín rather than enter compulsory army service for Slovakia (which stopped in 2006). He played there in the 1992–93 and 93–94 seasons, honing his craft as a forward.1

Edmonton Oilers

Šatan was drafted 111th overall in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft by the Edmonton Oilers. Prior to his entry into the NHL, he played in the Czechoslovak and Slovak leagues and he had scored nine goals in eight games representing Slovakia at the 1994 Winter Olympic Games.2

In 1994–95, Šatan played a season in the minor leagues, split between four teams including the Oilers' farm club in Cape Breton and the IHL's Detroit Vipers. While with the Vipers, he scored the winning goal in an exhibition game against Wayne Gretzky's Ninety-Niners, an all-star team put together by Gretzky during the 1994 NHL lockout.

Miroslav Šatan
Medal record
Competitor for  Slovakia
Ice hockey
World Championships
Silver 2012 Finland
Bronze 2003 Finland
Gold 2002 Sweden
Silver 2000 Russia

Buffalo Sabres

After two seasons with the Oilers, the winger was traded to the Buffalo Sabres for Craig Millar and Barrie Moore. He would lead the Sabres in scoring on six occasions. During the 2004–05 NHL labor dispute, Šatan played for Slovan Bratislava in the Slovak Extraliga. After the lockout, Šatan was not offered a contract by the Sabres.3

New York Islanders

Šatan signed as a free agent with the New York Islanders on August 3, 2005.4 He led the Islanders in goals in the 2005–06 season. His 35 goals during the season were his highest goal-output since the 2001–02 season with the Buffalo Sabres. Almost half his 35 goals came on the power play (17), also a career personal best.2 Šatan tied for the team lead in points with 66, shared with captain Alexei Yashin. Also in 2005–06, Šatan went seven for ten (70%) and was third in the league in shooting percentage in the shootout.

On December 2, 2006, he scored his 300th career goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Earlier in the season, he had recorded his 300th career assist and his 600th career point.

On March 24, 2007, Šatan missed the Islanders' game in Philadelphia for personal reasons, ending a streak of having played in 305 consecutive games. It was the fourth longest active streak at the time, and marked the second time in his career that he has played over 250 consecutive games. He had a 256 game streak as a member of the Buffalo Sabres that ended in November 2002.2

Pittsburgh Penguins

Šatan with the Pittsburgh Penguins

On July 3, 2008, Šatan signed a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.5 During the 2008–09 season, Šatan was placed on waivers by Pittsburgh on March 4, 2009, the same day as the NHL trade deadline, and not long after playing in his 1000th game. Having not been claimed by another team, Šatan was assigned to the Penguins' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.6 In Wilkes-Barre, Šatan had three goals and nine points in 10 games. Various reports credited him with being upbeat and a good influence, especially with the younger players.

On April 10, 2009, Šatan was recalled by Pittsburgh and cleared re-entry waivers. Miroslav re-established himself with the Penguins in the playoffs when he played against the Washington Capitals in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semi-finals on April 23, 2009.7 He then played in nine games and won his first ever Stanley Cup Championship as a member of the Penguins.

The Penguins did not re-sign Šatan when his contract expired at the end of the season and he was not signed during the free agency period.

Boston Bruins

On January 2, 2010, Šatan signed a US $700,000 deal with the Boston Bruins for the remainder of the 2009–10 season. The deal includes a no movement clause.8 He saw his first action in a game vs the Ottawa Senators on January 5 finishing as a plus two. He scored his first a goal as a Bruin on January 7, 2010 against Chicago Blackhawks goalie Antti Niemi. On April 21, 2010 he scored the game-winning goal in double overtime to beat the Buffalo Sabres to take a 3–1 lead in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. On April 26, 2010, Šatan buried the series winning goal over the Buffalo Sabres with 5:11 remaining.9

Dynamo Moscow

At the beginning of 2011, Šatan moved to the KHL's Dynamo Moscow, signing a contract until the end of 2010–11 season. However, the club decided to not renew his contract upon its expiry.10

Slovan Bratislava

On September 8, 2011, Šatan moved to the Slovak Extraliga, signing with Slovan Bratislava.11 Next season, HC Slovan moved from Slovak Extraliga to KHL and Miroslav Šatan became the captain of his team. He was badly injured by his former team-mate Zdeno Chára in match against HC Lev Praha on 3 November 2012.12 Šatan said that he didn't know if he would play another hockey match in his life.13 Šatan would return to play in the 2013 IIHF World Championship.14

Personal life

Šatan grew up in Topoľčany, Slovakia. He married his long-time girlfriend Ingrid in 2004. They have a son, Miroslav Jr., born in March 2006 and a daughter, Viktoria, born in July 2009. He lives in Jericho, NY.

Awards

Records

  • Led Buffalo Sabres in points six times
  • Tenth place on Buffalo Sabres all-time scoring list with 224 goals and 232 assists (seventh in goals scored)

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1991–92 Topoľčany CZE-2 9 2 1 3 6
1992–93 Dukla Trenčín CZE 38 11 6 17
1993–94 Dukla Trenčín SVK 30 32 16 48 16 9 10 6 16
1994–95 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 25 24 16 40 15
1994–95 Detroit Vipers IHL 8 1 3 4 4
1994–95 Detroit Falcons CoHL 1 0 2 2 2
1994–95 San Diego Gulls IHL 6 0 2 2 6
1995–96 Edmonton Oilers NHL 62 18 17 35 22
1996–97 Edmonton Oilers NHL 64 17 11 22
1996–97 Buffalo Sabres NHL 12 8 2 10 4 7 0 0 0 0
1997–98 Buffalo Sabres NHL 79 22 24 46 34 14 5 4 9 4
1998–99 Buffalo Sabres NHL 81 40 26 66 44 12 3 5 8 2
1999–00 Buffalo Sabres NHL 81 33 34 67 32 5 3 2 5 0
1999–00 Dukla Trenčín SVK 3 2 8 10 2
2000–01 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 29 33 62 36 13 3 10 13 8
2001–02 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 37 36 73 33
2002–03 Buffalo Sabres NHL 79 26 49 75 20
2003–04 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 29 28 57 30
2003–04 Slovan Bratislava SVK 7 6 4 10 41
2004–05 Slovan Bratislava SVK 18 11 9 20 14 18 15 8 23
2005–06 New York Islanders NHL 82 35 31 66 38
2006–07 New York Islanders NHL 81 27 32 59 46 5 1 2 3 0
2007–08 New York Islanders NHL 80 16 25 41 39
2008–09 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 65 17 19 36 36 17 1 5 6 11
2008–09 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 10 3 6 9 4
2009–10 Boston Bruins NHL 38 9 5 14 12 13 5 5 10 6
2010–11 Slovan Bratislava SVK 10 10 6 16 22
2010–11 Dynamo Moscow KHL 6 1 2 3 4 2 0 0 0 0
2011–12 Slovan Bratislava SVK 49 23 29 52 127 12 8 14 22 10
2012–13 Slovan Bratislava KHL 21 7 5 12 22
2013–14 Slovan Bratislava KHL 23 9 3 12 8
CZE/SVK totals 164 97 79 176 228 39 33 28 61 10
NHL totals 1050 363 372 735 464 86 21 33 54 41
KHL totals 50 17 10 27 34 2 0 0 0 0

International play

Miroslav Šatan is one of the most valuable players the Slovak national team ever had. As a captain, he led the national team to winning gold, silver, and bronze at world championships and scored several decisives goals in various tournaments. He played for Slovakia in:

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Preceded by
Stu Barnes
Buffalo Sabres captain
October 2003
Succeeded by
Chris Drury







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