Height: 6' 0", Weight: 190 pounds
Born: 11.19.76 Plzen, Czech Republic
|How he arrived: Via Entry Draft
How he left: Traded to the Anaheim Ducks with Mike Commodore, J.F. Damphousse, and Igor
Pohanka for Jeff Friesen, Oleg Tverdovsky, and Maxim Balmochnykh, 7.6.02
How he returned: Signed as a free agent from Dynamo Minsk (KHL), 10.5.11
How he left again: Still Active With The Devils
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Sykora had already had some sufficient time in North America minor leagues BEFORE he was drafted by the Devils,
having played parts of 2 seasons with the Cleveland Lumberjacks and the Detroit Vipers in the IHL. So it was no
surprise that he made an immediate impact on the Devils, having been chosen to the NHL's All-Rookie Team in 96.
That was also the first time he would get to play with fellow countryman Patrik Elias in North America, which would
be useful once the A-Line was formed. Playing with Elias and Jason Arnott as linemates, he would have some of his
best offensive years in his career, including a career high 35 goals in 2000-01, and a Stanley Cup in 2000 with being
one game short of having 2 in a row.
His production went down in 01-02, as well as the team taking an early exit in the playoffs. It was time to reshape the
team, so he was shipped to the Ducks, who would face the Devils in the following Cup finals.
His stint with the Ducks (2 1/2 seasons) would be the longest he had with one team since he left the Devils, as he
bounced around from there to the Rangers, to the Oilers, and the Penguins since the lockout. The 07-08 season with
the Pens was his best one since offensively, scoring 63 points and a key double OT goal in the 08 Finals against the
He gave the Czech League and the KHL a try after he was let go by the Minnesota Wild, but he wanted one more
try at the NHL. Lou Lamoriello would sign him to a professional tryout contract for 2011 camp. He lead the team in
goals scored in the preseason, and all-around, played very well. It lead to signing a one-year deal; that year's feel
good story from camp. He was able to play all 82 games, be a valuable contributor, and, because of both factors,
was the Devils' nominee for the Masterton that year.
He would play 9 games for SC Bern in Switzerland (4 of them in their playoffs) the following season before retiring.
|Entry Draft: 1995 First Round Pick (18th overall) by the
New Jersey Devils
|Playoff Statistics with the Franchise