Position Forward
Shoots Left
5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
180 lb (82 kg/12 st 12 lb)
Czech Extraliga Team
F. teams
HC Lasselsberger Plzen
New York Rangers
Pittsburgh Penguins
Ottawa Senators
New York Islanders
Florida Panthers
Los Angeles Kings
Nationality 22x20px Czech Republic
Born September 3, 1972 (1972-09-03) (age 44),
Pilsen, CS
NHL Draft 19th overall, 1992
Pittsburgh Penguins
Pro career 1989 – present


Martin Straka (born September 3, 1972 in Pilsen, Czechoslovakia, now Czech Republic) is a Czech ice hockey centre who plays for HC Lasselsberger Plzen in the Czech Extraliga.

Playing careerEdit

Straka was drafted 19th overall by the Penguins in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft, and has played for several teams throughout his 18th year NHL career. After jumping off a cliff during the Pittsburgh season,[citation needed] he was traded to the Ottawa Senators on April 7, 1995 for Norm MacIver and Troy Murray. The following season, on January 23, 1996, less than a year after being traded to Ottawa, he was traded again. Straka, along with Don Beaupre and former #1 overall pick Bryan Berard was traded to the New York Islanders for Damian Rhodes and Wade Redden. He would be placed on waivers and claimed by the Florida Panthers on March 15, 1996. Florida would not re-sign Straka after the 1995–96 season, which made him an unrestricted free agent. He would later return to the Pittsburgh Penguins on August 6th, 1997.

He would go on to have a career year during the 2000–2001 season for Pittsburgh as he amassed 27 goals and 95 points and establish himself as one of the leagues premiere two-way players due to his explosive speed and on-ice vision. However, the following season his speedy reputation would be called into jeopardy as Straka would suffer a season-ending injury in the form of a broken leg, an injury which would take him years to recover from. On November 30, 2003, in a cost-cutting move, the Penguins would deal Straka to the Los Angeles Kings for Russian prospect Sergei Anshakov and defenceman Martin Strbak. Straka would later sign as a free agent by the Rangers on August 2, 2005. On January 17, 2007, despite reports that he was considering retirement, Straka signed a one-year contract extension for the 2007–08 season.

On February 16, 2008 in a game against the Buffalo Sabres, Straka assisted on a goal to record his 700th NHL point.

He was a part of the gold medal-winning Olympic team at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano. He also won gold in the 2005 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships in Vienna.

In July 2008, Straka returned home to the Czech Extraliga, signing a one-year deal with HC Lasselsberger Plzen. [1]

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1990–91Plzen SkodaCzech10330
1990–91Plzen SkodaCzech47724316
1991–92Plzen SkodaCzech5027285520
1992–93Cleveland LumberjacksIHL44370
1992–93Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL423131629112132
1993–94Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL843034642461012
1994–95Plzen HCCzech191011210
1994–95Ottawa SenatorsNHL61120
1995–96Ottawa SenatorsNHL439162529
1995–96New York IslandersNHL22210126
1995–96Florida PanthersNHL122466132242
1996–97Florida PanthersNHL55722291240000
1997–98Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL751923422862022
1998–99Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL80354883261369156
1999–2000Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL712039592611391210
2000–01Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL82276895381858138
2001–02Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL135490
2002–03Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL6018284612
2003–04Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL22481216
2003–04Los Angeles KingsNHL3268144
2004–05Plzen HCCzech4516183476
2005–06New York RangersNHL822254764240002
2006–07New York RangersNHL76294170241028102
2007–08New York RangersNHL651427412210371016
NHL Totals 954 257 460 717 360 106 26 44 70 52
Czech Elite Totals 162 60 84 144 120 - - - - -

International playEdit

Olympic medal record
Men's ice hockey
Gold 1998 Nagano Team
Bronze 2006 Turin Team
World Championships
Gold 2005 Vienna Ice hockey
Season Team Event GP G A P PIM


External linksEdit

cs:Martin Straka

de:Martin Straka fr:Martin Straka pl:Martin Straka ru:Страка, Мартин sk:Martin Straka fi:Martin Straka sv:Martin Straka

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