2010 will be Stastny’s first Olympic competition. The last time he competed internationally he recorded eight points (4-4-8) to rank second on the team in scoring at the 2007 World Championship.
His father, Peter, is the most renowned Slovakian hockey player in history, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, he played 16 seasons in the NHL and appeared in two Olympics (1980 with Czechoslovakia, 1994 with Slovakia).
Stastny was named the Top Forward of the 2004 Viking Cup tournament, scoring six goals with five assists to lead the U.S. to a silver medal.
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