Satan appeared in his 1,000th NHL game on February 4, 2009 while playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins, becoming only the second Slovakian trained player in history to do so (Petr Bondra). To cap off a season of milestones, he also played in nine playoff games and won his first-ever Stanley Cup Championship.
He will be competing in his fourth Olympic games. He represented Slovakia at the 1994 Winter Olympic Games, scoring nine goals in eight games. He was also a member of the 2002 and 2006 Olympic teams, collecting three points in eight games.
He led the tournament in assists (8) and points (13) when the Slovaks won gold at the 2002 World Championship. The team captain, he finished eighth in tournament scoring with ten points (6-4-10) when they won the bronze medal at the 2003 tournament. He was the top scorer and named the best Slovakian player at the 1994 World Junior Championship (Pool C).
Satan, among the 2010 Olympians, has scored the most goals (70), for the national team.
The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.
— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres