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Mark Streit
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Mark Streit  #32

Philadelphia Flyers  Defenseman
NUMBER: 32 BIRTHDATE: December 11, 1977  (AGE 36)
HEIGHT: 5' 11" BIRTHPLACE: Bern, Switzerland
WEIGHT: 191 DRAFTED: MTL / 2004 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 9th   (262nd 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 /> The Montreal Canadiens led the NHL in power play percentage last season and ranked 27th through 38 games this season. The New York Islanders ranked 29th in power-play percentage last season and were 16th at the midpoint of this season. The reason: Having quarterbacked Montreal's man-up squad last season, Streit signed with the Islanders over the summer. <br /> <br /> One of the game's best at directing the offensive-zone choreography that often is the difference between winning and losing, Streit emerged last season when he ranked third among League defensemen in scoring with 62 points (13 goals) -- including 34 points (seven goals) on the power play. His 20 power-play points through 41 games this season were just one off the League lead. <br /> <br /> Undrafted until he was 26, Streit has long been a mainstay of national teams for his native Switzerland. He was named captain of the Swiss team for the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and led Switzerland to a stunning berth in the quarterfinals of the 2006 Turin Games after shocking upsets of the Czech Republic and Canada in the round-robin. Streit's goal was the game-winner over the Czechs. <br /> <br /> Despite his prowess on the point of the power play, Streit was used as both a forward and defenseman while playing for the Canadiens. For his perseverance and dedication to the game until breaking into the NHL in 2005, Streit was named the Montreal candidate for the Bill Masterton Trophy in 2006-07. <br /> <br /> <a name="he"></a><b>HE SAID IT</b><br /> On Switzerland's Olympic victory over the Czech Republic at the 2006 Olympics: &quot;I think it's by far the biggest win in Swiss hockey -- since I've been playing. Even in history. It's kind of a miracle. Hockey was not really on the map until now. And I think, with a game like that, you can show the world how Swiss hockey is.&quot; <br /> <br /> On Switzerland's Olympic victory over Canada two days later: &quot;We had another unbelievable game, actually a perfect game, and we needed that to beat the Canadian team ... This was our biggest upset since (Thursday).&quot; <br /> <br /> On the importance of only playing defense: &quot;I was definitely hoping to play as a defenseman full time, which is one of the big reasons that I left Montreal. Obviously, the Islanders gave me that opportunity to show what I can do out there. I think it's easier when you play one position all the time, you can work on your game and gain some confidence.&quot; <br /> <br /> On the difference between playing for the Islanders and Canadiens: &quot;In New York, you have different sports, so many professional teams. That doesn't mean that, as players, [losing] is not just as frustrating. You have hockey and you want to be the best. But, a big advantage for me is, once you're home [here], you can think about something else, recharge your battery. It's not as tiring. In Montreal, you go to dinner and everybody asks you about the last game.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="they"></a><b>THEY SAID IT</b><br /> Islanders Head Coach Scott Gordon: &quot;I think he's made a big statement this year, not just being one of the top offensive defensemen but a well-rounded defenseman. He's been our leader from a minutes-played standpoint. He's been reliable defensively and usually goes against the other team's top-two lines and kills penalties ... I don't think he'll ever play forward again.&quot; <br /> <br /> Gordon on Streit deserving Norris Trophy consideration: &quot;We were talking about Norris Trophy candidates and he should get some consideration because he's been able to produce and be a well-rounded player on a team that doesn't have the horses other clubs have. His play speaks volumes this year.&quot; <br /> <br /> Islanders GM Garth Snow on signing Streit: &quot;Mark solves our power play. He was a player we targeted early on. He'll come here and be a solid contributor on the blue line and obviously play a significant role on the power play.&quot; <br /> <br /> Snow on Streit's strengths: &quot;Mark came over [to the NHL] a little later in his career. We think he's getting better. He's a great puck mover with good speed who is good at making that tape-to-tape pass coming out of the defensive zone. If you've seen him, you know he's gifted on the power play and will add a different element to our team. He's excited to come to Long Island, and that's a big part of it. He wanted to be an Islander.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="news"></a><b>IN THE NEWS</b><br /> <a href="http://www.newsday.com/sports/hockey/ny-spiside095992322jan09,0,7507933.story" target="_blank">Streit gets his All-Star jersey</a><br /> <a href="http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=404341&amp;navid=DL|NHL|home" target="_blank">On Easy Streit</a><br /> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.edmontonsun.com/Sports/Hockey/2009/01/06/7930071-sun.html">Scoring a Blue Streit</a><br /> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.faceoff.com/story.html?id=4c178bb7-01e1-4232-adfa-b079cdd2a008">Well Rounded Streit Doing it All</a><br /> <a target="_blank" href="http://islanders.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&amp;page=NewsPage&amp;articleid=382925">Meet Mark Streit</a><br /> <br /> <a name="video"></a><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b><br /> <a href="http://islanders.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?&amp;id=19611">IslandersTV: Ken Morrow on Streit</a><br /> <a href="http://islanders.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?&amp;id=25496">IslandersTV: FYIslanders Crew talk about Streit</a><br /> <br />
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