Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Petr Sykora
After playing junior hockey in his native Czechoslovakia, Petr Sykora moved to North America in 1993-94 to play in the IHL. He played for his home country at the World Junior Championships in 1994 and 1995 and was selected by the Devils in the first round of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft.

Sykora made his NHL debut with the Devils in 1995-96 and split the next three seasons with New Jersey and their AHL affiliate in Albany before playing his first full year in the NHL in 1995-96 where he was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team after finishing the year with 42 points. Sykora and the Devils captured Lord Stanley's Cup in the spring of 2000 and headed back to the finals the next year, only to be beaten by the Colorado Avalanche in seven games. Although the Devils fell short in their hopes of repeating as Cup champions, Sykora managed to esablish a career high in goals (35), assists (46) and points (81).

An offensively gifted player, Sykora represented his homeland at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City before being dealt to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in the summer of 2002.

In an unexpected twist of fate, Sykora faced off against his former Devil teammates in the 2003 Stanley Cup Final. Despite leading his team with a team-high 13 points, Sykora watched the Devils win the series in a hard-fought seven games. The former first rounder went on to play one more full season with the Ducks before being dealt to the New York Rangers midway through the 2005-06 season.

In 40 games with the Rangers, Sykora totaled 31 points (16-15-31) however was not resigned by the club in the off-season. The Edmonton Oilers signed the free agent on August 11, 2006. In Edmonton, Sykora appeared in all of the teams 82 regular season games, finishing tied for first in scoring on the club with 53 points. For the seventh time in his career, Sykora eclipsed the 20 goal mark while helping shore up the Oiler power play.

Following the regular season, Sykora signed as a free agent with the Pittsburg Penguins in the off-season. In signing with the Penguins, Sykora was re-united with former Magnitogorsk teammates Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Gonchar. This move that would prove fortuitous for both Sykora and the Penguins as the team would go on to win the Stanley Cup that June. Though injuries limited Petr to just 7 playoff games, his leadership was instrumental.

Aside from his World Junior and Olympic appearances, Sykora represented his homeland at the 1996 and 2004 World Cup and the 1998, 1999 and 2005 World Championships.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1991-92 HC Skoda Plzen Jr. Czech-Jr. 30 50 50 100
1992-93 HC Skoda Plzen Czech 19 12 5 17
1992-93 Czechoslovakia EJC-A 6 6 0 6 20
1993-94 HC Skoda Plzen CzRep 37 10 16 26 4 0 1 1
1993-94 Czech Republic WJC-A 7 6 2 8 6
1993-94 Czech Republic EJC-A 5 5 4 9 4
1993-94 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 13 4 5 9 8
1994-95 Detroit Vipers IHL 29 12 17 29 16
1994-95 Czech Republic WJC-A 3 0 0 0 0
1995-96 New Jersey Devils NHL 63 18 24 42 32 +7
1995-96 Albany River Rats AHL 5 4 1 5 0
1996-97 Czech Republic W-Cup 2 0 1 1 0
1996-97 New Jersey Devils NHL 19 1 2 3 4 -8 2 0 0 0 2
1996-97 Albany River Rats AHL 43 20 25 45 48 4 1 4 5 2
1997-98 New Jersey Devils NHL 58 16 20 36 22 0 2 0 0 0 0
1997-98 Albany River Rats AHL 2 4 1 5 0
1997-98 Czech Republic WC-A 6 0 2 2 2
1998-99 New Jersey Devils NHL 80 29 43 72 22 +16 7 3 3 6 4
1998-99 Czech Republic WC-A 8 1 5 6 14
1999-00 New Jersey Devils NHL 79 25 43 68 26 +24 23 9 8 17 10
2000-01 New Jersey Devils NHL 73 35 46 81 32 +36 25 10 12 22 12
2001-02 New Jersey Devils NHL 73 21 27 48 44 +12 4 0 1 1 0
2001-02 Czech Republic Olympics 4 1 0 1 0 -3
2002-03 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 82 34 25 59 24 -7 21 4 9 13 12
2003-04 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 81 23 29 52 34 -9
2004-05 Czech Republic W-Cup 3 0 1 1 2 -1
2004-05 Metallurg Magnitogorsk Russia 45 18 13 31 46 5 2 3 5 8
2004-05 Czech Republic WC-A 9 2 1 3 4 +3
2005-06 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 34 7 13 20 28 +1
2005-06 New York Rangers NHL 40 16 15 31 22 +5 4 0 0 0 0
2006-07 Edmonton Oilers NHL 82 22 31 53 40 -20
2006-07 Czech Republic WC-A 7 2 3 5 4 +1
2007-08 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 81 28 35 63 41 +1 20 6 3 9 16
2008-09 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 76 25 21 46 36 +3 7 0 1 1 0
2009-10 Minnesota Wild NHL 14 2 1 3 8 -7
2010-11 HC Plzen 1929 CzRep 13 5 8 13 14
2010-11 Dynamo Minsk KHL 28 8 8 16 58 7 1 1 2 4
2011-12 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 21 23 44 40 +4 18 2 3 5 6
2012-13 SC Bern Swiss 5 2 2 4 0 4 1 2 3 2
NHL Totals 1017 323 398 721 455 133 34 40 74 62


NHL All-Rookie Team (1996) Traded to Anaheim by New Jersey with Mike Commodore, Jean-Francois Damphousse and Igor Pohanka for Jeff Friesen, Oleg Tverdovsky and Maxim Balmochnykh, July 6, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Magnitogorsk (Russia), August 12, 2004. Traded to NY Rangers by Anaheim with NY Rangers' 4th round pick (previously acquired, later traded to Washington - Washington selected Brett Bruneteau) in 2007 NHL Draft for Maxim Kondratiev, January 8, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Edmonton, August 11, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, July 2, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, September 17, 2009. Missed majority of 2009-10 due to concussion vs. Dallas, November 7, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Plzen (CzRep), October 5, 2010. Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, October 5, 2011.
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