The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has signed 22-year-old center Paul Stastny to a five-year contract extension beginning with the 2009-2010 season.
“Paul has clearly established himself as one of the bright young stars emerging in our game today,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President & General Manager Francois Giguere. “At a young age, he’s demonstrated tremendous skill, vision and composure on the ice and is recognized as one of the most complete players in our league.
“We’re pleased that Paul will remain with the Colorado Avalanche franchise long-term. This is another sign of our ownership’s commitment to winning.”
Drafted by the Avalanche in the second round (44th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Stastny quickly distinguished himself during his rookie campaign in 2006-07. With 78 points (28g/50a) in 82 games played, he finished second to Evgeni Malkin for the Calder Trophy honoring the league’s best rookie. During that first season, Stastny also recorded points in 20 consecutive games, setting an NHL record for the longest point streak by a rookie. His second season (2007-08) saw him lead the Avalanche in scoring with 71 points in 66 games, earning a selection to his first NHL All-Star Game.
This season, Stastny leads all Avalanche skaters in scoring with 15 points (3g/12a) in 16 games. His seven-game point streak to begin the season was the longest by an Avalanche player since captain Joe Sakic recorded an eight-game point streak to open the 1999-2000 season. Over his three NHL seasons in Colorado, Stastny’s registered 164 points (55g/109a) in 164 games played.
His NHL success follows a collegiate career which included WCHA First All-Star honors during his sophomore season at the University of Denver (2005-06). He also captured the WCHA scoring title and earned WCHA All-Academic Team honors that season. Stastny helped the Pioneers to a national championship during his freshman season and earned WCHA Rookie of the Year honors.
Paul follows in the franchise footsteps of his father Peter, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and the second leading scorer in Avalanche/Nordiques history. His uncles, Anton and Marian, also played with the organization.