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Michal Sykora

Michal Sykora  #23

Defenseman
NUMBER: 23 BIRTHDATE: July 5, 1973
HEIGHT: 6' 5" BIRTHPLACE: Pardubice, Czech Republic
WEIGHT: 225 DRAFTED: SJS / 1992 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 6th   (123rd overall)
WHL West First All-Star Team (1993) WC-A All-Star Team (1996) WC-A All-Star Team (2000) Traded to Chicago by San Jose with Chris Terreri and Ulf Dahlen for Ed Belfour, January 25, 1997. Traded to Tampa Bay by Chicago for Mark Fitzpatrick and Tampa Bay's 4th round choice (later traded to Montreal Montreal selected Chris Dyment) in 1999 Entry Draft, July 17, 1998. Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, July 6, 2000.
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He seemed to thrive on his own and didn't really need any push from me. I certainly don't want to get in the way of the coaches. You see how that goes sometimes. I never really worried about it and just enjoyed the ride.

— David Ekblad on his son's [Aaron Ekblad] journey to the NHL, signing with the Florida Panthers