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Martin Straka

Martin Straka  #82

NUMBER: 82 BIRTHDATE: September 3, 1972
HEIGHT: 5' 9" BIRTHPLACE: Plzen, Czech Republic
WEIGHT: 180 DRAFTED: PIT / 1992 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 1st   (19th overall)
Czechoslovakian First All-Star Team (1992) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1999) Traded to Ottawa by Pittsburgh for Troy Murray and Norm Maciver, April 7, 1995. Traded to NY Islanders by Ottawa with Don Beaupre and Bryan Berard for Damian Rhodes and Wade Redden, January 23, 1996. Claimed on waivers by Florida from NY Islanders, March 15, 1996. Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, August 6, 1997. Missed majority of 2001-02 due to leg injury vs. Florida, October 28, 2001. Traded to Los Angeles by Pittsburgh for Martin Strbak and Sergei Anshakov, November 30, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Plzen (CzRep), September 17, 2004. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, August 2, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Plzen (CzRep), July 10, 2008. Officialy announced his retirement, March 28, 2014.
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It's an incredible feeling just to see it go in and see the Joe go pretty crazy.  Ever since the introduction there, I was kind of feeling the nerves, and to put that one home, I started to feel comfortable and I thought my play started to pick up.

— Nineteen-year-old Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin after scoring a goal in his NHL debut
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