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| 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
180 lb (82 kg/12 st 12 lb)
| Czech Extraliga Team|
| HC Lasselsberger Plzen|
New York Rangers
New York Islanders
Los Angeles Kings
|Nationality||22x20px Czech Republic|
|Born|| September 3, 1972,|
|NHL Draft|| 19th overall, 1992|
|Pro career||1989 – present|
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, 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.
|1995–96||New York Islanders||NHL||22||2||10||12||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||32||6||8||14||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||New York Rangers||NHL||82||22||54||76||42||4||0||0||0||2|
|2006–07||New York Rangers||NHL||76||29||41||70||24||10||2||8||10||2|
|2007–08||New York Rangers||NHL||65||14||27||41||22||10||3||7||10||16|
|Czech Elite Totals||162||60||84||144||120||-||-||-||-||-|
|Olympic medal record|
|Men's ice hockey|
|Gold||2005 Vienna||Ice hockey|