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Martin Straka

Player Facts
  • Position
    C
  • Height
    5'9" / 176 cm
  • Weight
    174 lbs / 79 kg
  • Shoots
    L
  • Status
    Retired

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
Player Statistics
S Team League GP G A TP PIM +/-   POST GP G A TP PIM +/-
1988-89 HC Plzen U18 Czech U18 34 37 34 71 42 |
1989-90 Czechoslovakia U18 EJC-18 6 4 2 6 2 |
1990-91 HC Plzen Czech 47 7 24 32 6 10 |
Czechoslovakia U20 WJC-20 6 1 5 6 0 |
1991-92 HC Plzen Czech 36 23 24 47 - | Playoffs 14 4 4 8
Czechoslovakia U20 WJC-20 7 2 6 8 4 |
Czechoslovakia (all) International 5 2 - - - |
1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 42 3 13 16 29 2 | Playoffs 11 2 1 3 2 2
Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 4 4 3 7 0 2 |
1993-94 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 84 30 34 64 24 24 | Playoffs 6 1 0 1 2 -3
Czech Republic WC 3 1 0 1 4 -2 |
Czech Republic (all) International 3 1 0 1 4 |
1994-95 HC Plzen Czech 19 10 11 21 18 13 |
Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 31 4 12 16 16 0 |
Ottawa Senators NHL 6 1 1 2 0 -1 |
Czech Republic (all) International 3 1 - - - |
1995-96 Ottawa Senators NHL 43 9 16 25 29 -14 |
New York Islanders NHL 22 2 10 12 6 -6 |
Florida Panthers NHL 12 2 4 6 6 1 | Playoffs 13 2 2 4 2 -2
Czech Republic WCup 1 0 0 0 0 -1 |
Czech Republic (all) International 6 3 0 3 0 |
1996-97 Florida Panthers NHL 55 7 22 29 12 9 | Playoffs 4 0 0 0 0 -2
1997-98 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 75 19 23 42 28 -1 | Playoffs 6 2 0 2 2 -3
Czech Republic OG 6 1 2 3 0 1 |
Czech Republic (all) International 6 1 2 3 0 |
1998-99 Pittsburgh Penguins “A” NHL 80 35 48 83 26 12 | Playoffs 13 6 9 15 6 0
1999-00 Pittsburgh Penguins “A” NHL 71 20 39 59 26 24 | Playoffs 11 3 9 12 10 5
2000-01 Pittsburgh Penguins “A” NHL 82 27 68 95 38 19 | Playoffs 18 5 8 13 8 -1
2001-02 Pittsburgh Penguins “A” NHL 13 5 4 9 0 3 |
2002-03 Pittsburgh Penguins “A” NHL 60 18 28 46 12 -18 |
Czech Republic WC 9 6 4 10 4 5 |
Czech Republic (all) International 11 7 5 12 4 |
2003-04 Pittsburgh Penguins “A” NHL 22 4 8 12 16 -16 |
Los Angeles Kings NHL 32 6 8 14 4 -9 |
Czech Republic EHT 2 3 1 4 2 0 |
Czech Republic WCup 5 1 2 3 0 1 |
Czech Republic “C” WC 7 2 2 4 4 2 |
Czech Republic (all) International 14 6 5 11 6 |
2004-05 HC Plzen Czech 45 16 18 34 76 5 |
Czech Republic EHT 2 0 1 1 0 |
Czech Republic WC 9 3 1 4 8 6 |
Czech Republic (all) International 24 5 8 13 10 |
2005-06 New York Rangers NHL 82 22 54 76 42 17 | Playoffs 4 0 0 0 2 -4
Czech Republic OG 8 2 6 8 6 4 |
Czech Republic (all) International 8 2 6 8 6 4 |
2006-07 New York Rangers “A” NHL 77 29 41 70 24 16 | Playoffs 10 2 8 10 2 0
2007-08 New York Rangers “A” NHL 65 14 27 41 22 5 | Playoffs 10 3 7 10 16 2
2008-09 HC Plzen “C” Czech 51 22 30 52 20 12 | Playoffs 17 8 13 21 2 2
Czech Republic (all) International 1 0 1 1 0 |
2009-10 HC Plzen “C” Czech 35 17 26 43 32 -2 | Playoffs 6 2 2 4 4 -2
2010-11 HC Plzen “C” Czech 51 17 44 61 12 7 | Playoffs 4 3 2 5 0 1
2011-12 HC Plzen “C” Czech 51 17 30 47 20 9 | Playoffs 12 2 11 13 4 2
2012-13 HC Plzen “C” Czech 47 15 39 54 18 26 | Playoffs 20 8 12 20 8 6
2013-14 HC Plzen “C” Czech 29 6 20 26 12 10 | Playoffs 6 1 1 2 2 0
Tournament Statistics
S Team League GP G A TP PIM +/-   POST GP G A TP PIM +/-
2011-12 HC Plzen ET 8 0 9 9 0 | Playoffs 2 0 2 2 0 1
2012-13 HC Plzen ET 1 0 0 0 0 |
2013-14 HC Plzen ET 2 1 0 1 0 |
Team Staff History
S Team League Role on Team Notes
2008-09 HC Plzen Czech General Manager
2009-10 HC Plzen Czech Franchise Owner Majority owner - 70%
HC Plzen Czech General Manager
2010-11 HC Plzen Czech Franchise Owner Majority owner - 70%
HC Plzen Czech General Manager
2011-12 HC Plzen Czech Franchise Owner Majority owner - 70%
HC Plzen Czech General Manager
2012-13 HC Plzen Czech Franchise Owner
HC Plzen Czech General Manager
2013-14 HC Plzen Czech Franchise Owner
HC Plzen Czech General Manager
2014-15 HC Plzen Czech Franchise Owner
HC Plzen Czech General Manager
2015-16 HC Plzen Czech Franchise Owner
HC Plzen Czech General Manager
2016-17 HC Plzen Czech Franchise Owner
HC Plzen Czech General Manager
HC Plzen Czech Coach From 2016-10-17.
2017-18 HC Plzen Czech Head Coach
HC Plzen Czech General Manager
Player Career Totals
League GP G A TP PPG PIM +/- GP G A TP PPG PIM +/-
Czech 411 150 266 417 1.01 214 90 | 79 28 45 73 0.92 20 9
Czech U18 34 37 34 71 2.09 42 0 |
EHT 4 3 2 5 1.25 2 0 |
EJC-18 6 4 2 6 1.00 2 0 |
ET 11 1 9 10 0.91 0 0 | 2 0 2 2 1.00 0 1
IHL 4 4 3 7 1.75 0 2 |
International 81 28 27 52 0.64 30 4 |
NHL 954 257 460 717 0.75 360 67 | 106 26 44 70 0.66 52 -6
OG 14 3 8 11 0.79 6 5 |
WC 28 12 7 19 0.68 20 11 |
WCup 6 1 2 3 0.50 0 0 |
WJC-20 13 3 11 14 1.08 4 0 |
Transactions
DATE STATUS FROM TO SOURCE
03/28/2014
03/28/2014 Confirmed HC Plzen Retired
06/21/2012
06/21/2012 Extension HC Plzen HC Plzen
06/07/2010
06/07/2010 Extension HC Plzen HC Plzen
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Player Biography and Trivia

Cult/Star player for Czech Republic

Cult/Star player for HC Plzen

Cult/Star player for New York Rangers

Cult/Star player for Pittsburgh Penguins

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

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