Newark, NJ – The New Jersey Devils today signed free agent forward Martin Havlat to a new contract. The announcement was made by Devils’ President/General Manager Lou Lamoriello. As per club policy, no further terms were disclosed.
Havlat joins New Jersey after spending the past three seasons with San Jose. In 2013-14, he recorded 12 goals and 10 assists for 22 points in 48 appearances and also played in one playoff game for the Sharks. The 6-2, 210-lb. forward has career totals of 236 goals and 343 assists for 579 points and 394 penalty minutes in 748 games over 13 seasons with Ottawa, Chicago, Minnesota and San Jose. He also had 21 goals and 31 assists for 52 points and 52 penalty minutes in 75 career post-season contests. Havlat has appeared in two NHL All-Star Games (2007, 2011) and was named to the league’s All-Rookie Team in 2001. He was Ottawa’s first choice and the 26th overall selection in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.
Born in Mlada Boleslav, Havlat skated for the Czech Republic at the Olympic Winter Games in both 2010 and 2002. He also represented his country and won a Gold Medal at the 2000 World Championships/World Junior Championships, collected a Bronze Medal at the 2011 World Championships, and finished third at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. Prior to his North American career, Havlat played two seasons for Trinec in the Czech Extraliga.