Height: 6' 1", Weight: 200 pounds
Born: 9.18.56 Bratislava, Slovakia
|How he arrived: Traded by the Quebec Nordiques for Craig Wolanin and future considerations, 3.6.90
How he left: Did not resign with the Devils (Signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Blues, 3.9.94)
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Stastny was a scoring machine dating back to his days in the former Czechoslovakia. He is also often considered as the
most prolific scorer in the 80s next to Wayne Gretzky.
So the Devils getting him was to fill the need of a top offensive center, which Stastny, even without getting the 100-
point season he was accustomed to in Quebec City, was able to do.
But his backstory is probably the most interesting one to me.
He, along with his wife and his brother Anton, had defected from Czechoslovakia after (not immediately after, though)
the Lake Placid Olympics to sign with the Nordiques. Another brother, Marian, would join them a year later. He
would ultimately gain Canadian citizenship and had played for Canada in the 1985 Canada Cup, which caused an
uprise in his former homeland.
And of course, in 1993, Czechoslovakia would split, and Bratislava, where he was born, was indeed part of the land
that would be named Slovakia. So after his final season with the Devils, he would play on the team he played for
before his defection (Slovan Bratislava) and help establish a national team program there, which he played on in the
Lillehammer games. It was a proud day for him and his home country; he was proud to call himself a Slovak.
In 1998, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, and in 2004, he took a seat on the European Parliament
He has two sons that play hockey professionally. Paul, as we know, is one of the stars for the Avalanche currently. Yan
used to play for the Blues and Bruins, and currently plays for Nuremberg in the DEL.
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