A third-time Olympian, Skrastins represented Latvia at the 2002 and 2006 Olympics. His Olympic background dates back to 1992-1993 where he took part in the Olympic Qualifying for the 1994 Olympics; Latvia however, did not advance.
Skrastins is no stranger to playing for his country at the international level -- he has represented Latvia at the World Championships in the C pool (1993), B pool (1994, 1995 and 1996) and A pool (1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005) for a total of 10 appearances.
He was Latvia’s leading scorer with six points (3-3-6) in six games at the 2003 World Championship and ranked second among all defensemen with three goals at the 2001 World Championship.
Yeah, it was a pretty special moment for me. Today was my Dad's [55th] birthday. I have a lot of family in town, so it was a special moment for me to score my first one today. A win definitely would have capped it off, but you can't have everything.
— Sabres rookie Jack Eichel after scoring a goal in his National Hockey League debut
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