Petrovický was a smart two-way center. He was an offensively productive centreman whose style of play was well suited to international hockey. Had plenty of creativity and fine hands. After the draft, Petrovicky moved across the Atlantic to try his hand at North American style hockey. His transition, however, fell far short of expectations. Over the decade that followed, he never played in one place for an entire season. His NHL stints were usually annual but brief in nature. In essence, he was unable to adapt his scoring touch to the NHL level. He was useful to teams in a pinch, but otherwise he was, for the most part, a minor-league insurance policy. After his return to Europe he played in many countries including Swtzerland, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Czech republic and Slovakia. Overall he was a great leader and often named captain. Robert Petrovicky was the last former Whaler active in professional hockey.
Internationally he played on three Olympic games and five World Championships, winning gold medal in 2002.
- 1995-11-29 • Traded to Dallas Stars by Hartford Whalers for Dan Kesa
- 1996-09-06 • Signed as a free agent by St. Louis Blues
- 1999-02-15 • Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay Lightning
- 2000-07-28 • Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders
His father was a dentist and his mother died in car accident in the age of 39, when Robert was 16 years old. He was wearing jersey number 39 his whole career as a memory on his mother.
Robert is married and his wife Šárka is a daughter of Czech coach Vladimír Vůjtek. They have two children, a son Ryan and a daughter Kiara Jane.