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Milan Hejduk

Milan Hejduk  #23

Right Wing
NUMBER: 23 BIRTHDATE: February 14, 1976
HEIGHT: 6' 0" BIRTHPLACE: Usti, Czech Republic
WEIGHT: 190 DRAFTED: QUE / 1994 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 4th   (87th overall)
<span class="txt18Strg">All-Star Profile </span><br /> <br /> <a href="#quick"><b>QUICK FACTS</b></a><br /> <a href="#he"><b>HE SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#they"><b>THEY SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#news"><b>IN THE NEWS</b></a><br /> <a href="#video"><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b></a><br /> <br /> <a name="quick"></a><b>QUICK FACTS</b><br /> Hejduk played in his first of two All-Star Games in 2000. On the experience, he said: &quot;This was not even my dream. Not two or three years ago. I didn't even expect then that I would play in the NHL. I was thinking that if it didn't go all right, I would play in Europe. But now I am in the NHL and, this year, in the All-Star Game. So this is really great.&quot; In 2001, he replaced the injured Alexander Mogilny in the starting lineup in front of a home crowd in Denver at the Pepsi Center. <br /> <br /> He was selected in the 1994 NHL draft by the Quebec Nordiques, making his NHL debut in 1998 after winning an Olympic gold medal with the Czech Republic at the 1998 Nagano Olympics. In 2002-03, Hejduk solidified himself as a goal scorer winning the Maurice 'Rocket' Richard trophy with 50 goals. <br /> <br /> <a name="he"></a><b>HE SAID IT</b><br /> On his success to start the season: &quot;Before every season, I don't look at the numbers and see where I want to be or how many goals I want to score. I never was that kind of guy, and I don't set my goals. I just want to help the team, have fun, and whatever will be the numbers, will be the numbers ... sometimes it's clicking, sometimes it's not. Right now, it's good. It's hard to explain. Sometimes, you don't even know why it's going well, but it is and you want to keep it as long as possible.&quot; <br /> <br /> On his career with Colorado: &quot;It feels like my first NHL game was yesterday. Time is flying. I'm fortunate enough to have played for one team. I don't want to play anywhere else. I love it here, and my family loves it here. I have had a better life than I ever thought I would have.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="they"></a><b>THEY SAID IT</b><br /> Avalanche Head Coach Tony Granato on Hejduk's rejuvenation this season: &quot;Last year he had a tough time maybe scoring goals in different parts of the year, but he still played a solid two-way hockey. He's still a big part of the penalty- killing unit and plays a lot of times against the other teams' top lines and top defensemen. He's just a solid, two-way player who does everything right.&quot; <br /> <br /> Colorado captain Joe Sakic: &quot;He never takes a shift off. He's got great skill, and he's smart ... he's capable of getting on a real tear at any time. He's been a fun guy for me to play with because he is always anticipating what the next best move will be.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="news"></a><b>IN THE NEWS</b><br /> <a target="_blank" href="">Veteran Hejduk honored by his all-star selection</a><br /> <!--<a name="video"></a><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b><br /> <a href=";id=28827">Kane Broadcast Feature</a><br /> <a href=";id=28879">NBC Chicago Goes 1 on 1 with Kane</a><br /> <a href=";id=21593">Is This the Year campaign</a><br /> <a href=";id=21026">Take Me Out to the Ball Game</a><br />--><br /> <span class="txt14Strg">Career All-Star Game Statistics </span> <div id="asstatsbox" style="border: 1px solid rgb(161, 161, 161); margin: 4px 0px; padding: 0px; float: left; width: 660px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"> <table width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="2" border="0" class="asstat"> <tbody> <tr class="headrw"> <td>SEASON</td> <td>TEAM</td> <td>Score</td> <td>R</td> <td align="center">GP</td> <td align="center">G</td> <td align="center">A</td> <td align="center">PTS</td> <td align="center">+/-</td> <td align="center">PIM</td> <td align="center">PP</td> <td align="center">SH</td> <td align="center">GW</td> <td align="center">SOG</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1999-00</td> <td>World</td> <td>9-4</td> <td>W</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center" class="right">1</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2000-01</td> <td>World</td> <td>12-14</td> <td>L</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">-1</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center" class="right">5</td> </tr> <tr class="totrw"> <td colspan="4">All-Star Totals</td> <td align="center">2</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">2</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center" class="right">6</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <script type="text/javascript">jQuery(function(){ jQuery('#asstatsbox').corner('6px'); });</script>
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