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Czech Rep. MARTIN STRAKA  
Last team: HC Plzen - 2014

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BIRTHYEAR 1972-09-03 BIRTHPLACEPlzen, CZE
AGE 45 NATION Czech Rep.
POSITION C/LW SHOOTS L
HEIGHT 176 cm / 5'9" WEIGHT 79 kg / 174 lbs
YOUTH TEAM HC Plzen STATUS Retired
NHL DRAFT 1992 round 1 #19 overall by Pittsburgh Penguins
HIGHLIGHTS
1-time Olympic Gold Medal 1
1-time World Championship Gold Medal 1
1-time U20 WJC Bronze Medal 1
1-time Olympic Bronze Medal 1
1-time Czech Extraliga Champion 1

Straka began his NHL career with Pittsburgh Penguins in 1992 and went from mere survivor to scoring star. After netting 64 points in his first year, he went into serious decline, as he bounced around three teams in two seasons. But when he returned to Penguins in 1997, he maximized his chances and impressively rebounded into a key figure and Penguins all-star.

Though only five feet nine, Straka became a giant performer. He would excel where it counted most-scoring important goals in the playoffs. Straka was a clever and intelligent player and great leader. He had a style that was somewhat reckless, but he managed to avoid getting battered by the bigger bodies in the NHL for the most part and became one of the Penguins' most prolific players of all time. After leaving NHL in 2008, he came back to Czech republic and served six more seasons as the captain of HC Plzen, the team where he was also a franchise owner and general manager. In 2013 he celebrated the Czech title. After retiring, he quickly moved into a coaching position. figure and Penguins all-star.

Straka enjoyed success on international ice as well, winning a gold medal at the Nagano Olympic games (1998), bronze medal at the Torino Olympic games (2006) and a gold medal at the World championship in 2005.


Brother: Michal Straka

Team Staff profile of Martin Straka also available

I will have a beer and cigarette. It was really nice 25 years in hockey, Martin Straka 2014
I think left wing is a little bit easier than center. But since I've been playing left wing for the last few years,I'd say I now prefer left, Martin Straka 2007
You always want to go back home with the family because our parents, our grandparents and all of our friends are there. We want to see them, Martin Straka 2007

CAREER STATISTICS Use/Embed statistics RSS feed
 SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A TP PIM +/-      POST GP G A TP PIM +/- 
 1988-89 HC Plzen U18 Czech U18 34 37 347142 |            
 1989-90 Czechoslovakia U18 EJC-18 6 4 262 |            
 1990-91 HC Plzen Czech 47 7 24326 10 |            
  Czechoslovakia U20 WJC-20 6 1 560 |            
 1991-92 HC Plzen Czech 36 23 2447- | Playoffs 14 4 48  
  Czechoslovakia U20 WJC-20 7 2 684 |            
  Czechoslovakia (all) International 5 2 --- |            
 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 42 3 131629 2 | Playoffs 11 2 132
  Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 4 4 370 2 |            
 1993-94 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 84 30 346424 24 | Playoffs 6 1 012 -3 
  Czech Republic WC 3 1 014 -2 |            
  Czech Republic (all) International 3 1 014 |            
 1994-95 HC Plzen Czech 19 10 112118 13 |            
  Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 31 4 121616 0 |            
  Ottawa Senators NHL 6 1 120 -1 |            
  Czech Republic (all) International 3 1 --- |            
 1995-96 Ottawa Senators NHL 43 9 162529 -14 |            
  New York Islanders NHL 22 2 10126 -6 |            
  Florida Panthers NHL 12 2 466 1 | Playoffs 13 2 242 -2 
  Czech Republic WCup 1 0 000 -1 |            
  Czech Republic (all) International 6 3 030 |            
 1996-97 Florida Panthers NHL 55 7 222912 9 | Playoffs 4 0 000 -2 
 1997-98 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 75 19 234228 -1 | Playoffs 6 2 022 -3 
  Czech Republic OG 6 1 230 1 |            
  Czech Republic (all) International 6 1 230 |            
 1998-99 Pittsburgh Penguins  NHL 80 35 488326 12 | Playoffs 13 6 9156
 1999-00 Pittsburgh Penguins  NHL 71 20 395926 24 | Playoffs 11 3 91210
 2000-01 Pittsburgh Penguins  NHL 82 27 689538 19 | Playoffs 18 5 8138 -1 
 2001-02 Pittsburgh Penguins  NHL 13 5 490 3 |            
 2002-03 Pittsburgh Penguins  NHL 60 18 284612 -18 |            
  Czech Republic WC 9 6 4104 5 |            
  Czech Republic (all) International 11 7 5124 |            
 2003-04 Pittsburgh Penguins  NHL 22 4 81216 -16 |            
  Los Angeles Kings NHL 32 6 8144 -9 |            
  Czech Republic EHT 2 3 142 0 |            
  Czech Republic WCup 5 1 230 1 |            
  Czech Republic  WC 7 2 244 2 |            
  Czech Republic (all) International 14 6 5116 |            
 2004-05 HC Plzen Czech 45 16 183476 5 |            
  Czech Republic EHT 2 0 110 |            
  Czech Republic WC 9 3 148 6 |            
  Czech Republic (all) International 24 5 81310 |            
 2005-06 New York Rangers NHL 82 22 547642 17 | Playoffs 4 0 002 -4 
  Czech Republic OG 8 2 686 4 |            
  Czech Republic (all) International 8 2 686 4 |            
 2006-07 New York Rangers  NHL 77 29 417024 16 | Playoffs 10 2 8102
 2007-08 New York Rangers  NHL 65 14 274122 5 | Playoffs 10 3 71016
 2008-09 HC Plzen  Czech 51 22 305220 12 | Playoffs 17 8 13212
  Czech Republic (all) International 1 0 110 |            
 2009-10 HC Plzen  Czech 35 17 264332 -2 | Playoffs 6 2 244 -2 
 2010-11 HC Plzen  Czech 51 17 446112 7 | Playoffs 4 3 250
 2011-12 HC Plzen  Czech 51 17 304720 9 | Playoffs 12 2 11134
 2012-13 HC Plzen  Czech 47 15 395418 26 | Playoffs 20 8 12208
 2013-14 HC Plzen  Czech 29 6 202612 10 | Playoffs 6 1 122
 
 TOURNAMENT STATISTICS
 2011-12 HC Plzen ET 8 0 990 | Playoffs 2 0 220
 2012-13 HC Plzen ET 1 0 000 |            
 2013-14 HC Plzen ET 2 1 010 |            


TEAM STAFF HISTORY
 SEASON TEAM LEAGUE ROLE ON TEAM NOTES
 2008-2009 HC Plzen CzechGeneral Manager  
 2009-2010 HC Plzen CzechFranchise Owner Majority owner - 70%  
  HC Plzen CzechGeneral Manager  
 2010-2011 HC Plzen CzechFranchise Owner Majority owner - 70%  
  HC Plzen CzechGeneral Manager  
 2011-2012 HC Plzen CzechFranchise Owner Majority owner - 70%  
  HC Plzen CzechGeneral Manager  
 2012-2013 HC Plzen CzechFranchise Owner  
  HC Plzen CzechGeneral Manager  
 2013-2014 HC Plzen CzechFranchise Owner  
  HC Plzen CzechGeneral Manager  
 2014-2015 HC Plzen CzechFranchise Owner  
  HC Plzen CzechGeneral Manager  
 2015-2016 HC Plzen CzechFranchise Owner  
  HC Plzen CzechGeneral Manager  
 2016-2017 HC Plzen CzechFranchise Owner  
  HC Plzen CzechGeneral Manager  
  HC Plzen CzechCoach From 2016-10-17.  
 2017-2018 HC Plzen CzechHead Coach  
  HC Plzen CzechGeneral Manager  


CAREER TOTALS
  GP G A TP PPG PIM  +/-    GP G A TP PPG PIM  +/- 
      Postseason
  Czech: 411 150 266 417 1.01 214  90  | 79 28 45 73 0.92 20 
  Czech U18: 34 37 34 71 2.09 42  |    
  EHT: 4 3 2 5 1.25 |    
  EJC-18: 6 4 2 6 1.00 |    
  ET: 11 1 9 10 0.91 | 2 0 2 2 1.00
  IHL: 4 4 3 7 1.75 |    
  International: 81 28 27 52 0.64 30  |    
  NHL: 954 257 460 717 0.75 360  67  | 106 26 44 70 0.66 52  -6 
  OG: 14 3 8 11 0.79 |    
  WC: 28 12 7 19 0.68 20  11  |    
  WCup: 6 1 2 3 0.50 |    
  WJC-20: 13 3 11 14 1.08 |    



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
SEASON AWARDS BY SEASON
  Czech Hockey Hall of Fame
1989-1990 U18 EJC Bronze Medal
1990-1991 U20 WJC Bronze Medal
1997-1998 Olympic Gold Medal
2004-2005 World Championship Gold Medal
2005-2006 Olympic Bronze Medal
2008-2009 Czech Extraliga Best Guy
  Czech Extraliga Player of the Year
  Czech Extraliga Playoffs Most Assists (13)
2009-2010 Czech Extraliga Best Guy
2010-2011 Czech Extraliga Best Guy
  Czech Extraliga Most Assists (44)
  Czech Extraliga Most Game Winning Goals (8)
2011-2012 Czech Bronze Medal
2012-2013 Czech Extraliga Champion
 AWARDS BY LEAGUE
- Czech Bronze Medal 11/12
- Czech Extraliga Best Guy 10/11, 09/10, 08/09
- Czech Extraliga Champion 12/13
- Czech Extraliga Most Assists 10/11
- Czech Extraliga Most Game Winning Goals 10/11
- Czech Extraliga Player of the Year 08/09
- Czech Extraliga Playoffs Most Assists 08/09
- Czech Hockey Hall of Fame
- Olympic Bronze Medal 05/06
- Olympic Gold Medal 97/98
- U18 EJC Bronze Medal 89/90
- U20 WJC Bronze Medal 90/91
- World Championship Gold Medal 04/05



TRANSACTIONS
DATE STATUS FROM TO SOURCE  
2014-03-28 Confirmed HC Plzen Retired
2012-06-21 Extension HC Plzen HC Plzen 1 year 
2010-06-07 Extension HC Plzen HC Plzen 1 year 



MEDIA AND ARTICLES
DATE ARTICLE WEBSITE
2017-11-21 Why is Plzen leading Czech Extraleague? Because of Straka! A man with two hearts isport.blesk.cz
2015-03-15 They say I am selling the team to Russians. That made me laugh, says Plzen's boss Straka hokej.idnes.cz
2014-09-12 Straka retires saying: Without Jagr, I would probably never play in NHL hokej.idnes.cz
2012-06-06 Pens Draft History - Martin Straka nhl.com
2008-07-10 Martin Straka signs one-year contract with his former Czech club, leaving NHL thehockeynews.com
2008-06-26 Hockey player Martin Straka returns from NHL to Plzen tyden.cz
2008-06-26 Martin Straka: Done as a New York Ranger bleacherreport.com
2007-09-18 The Five-minute Interview: MARTIN STRAKA nhl.com


PLAYER BIOGRAPHY AND TRIVIA
 
 
 
Cult/Star player for New York Rangers
Cult/Star player for Pittsburgh Penguins
Cult/Star player for HC Plzen
Cult/Star player for Czech Republic
 
Career transactions
- 2014-03-14 • Announced his retirement
- 2008-07-10 • Signed by HC Plzen
- 2005-08-02 • Signed by the New York Rangers
- 2003-11-30 • Traded to the Los Angeles Kings for Martin Strbak & the rights to Sergei Anshakov
- 1997-08-06 • Signed by the Pittsburgh Penguins
- 1996-03-15 • Claimed off waivers by the Florida Panthers
- 1996-01-23 • Traded to the New York Islanders with & Don Beaupre & the rights to Bryan Berard for Damian Rhodes & the rights to Wade Redden
- 1995-04-07 • Traded to the Ottawa Senators for Troy Murray & Norm Maciver
- 1992-06-20 • Selected 19th overall in the NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins