WASHINGTON, D.C. August 23, 2005 The Washington Capitals have signed center Petr Sykora, one of the top goal scorers in the Czech Republic Extraleague during the past six seasons, to a one-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Sykora, 26, returns to the NHL for the first time since 1998-99, when he played two games with the Nashville Predators, recording no points or penalty minutes. The Capitals acquired Sykora from the Predators on June 22, 2002, in exchange for Washington’s third-round choice in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
A native of Pardubice, Czech Republic, Sykora spent last season with Pardubice of the Czech Republic Extraleague (CRE). In 43 games he scored 25 goals and had 10 assists for 35 points, sharing the team lead in goals with Milan Hejduk and finishing fourth on the team in points. It was the third time in his past five CRE seasons that Sykora had recorded 23 or more goals.
Sykora was originally drafted by the Detroit Red Wings as the team’s second choice (76th overall) in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. He was traded to Nashville July 14, 1998, along with a third-round choice and a fourth-round compensatory pick in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, in exchange for Doug Brown. Sykora’s older brother, Michal, has also played in the NHL, appearing in 267 games with San Jose, Chicago, Tampa Bay and Philadelphia between 1993-94 and 2000-01.