Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Marek Svatos
Marek Svatos was born July 17, 1982 in Kosice, Slovakia. The tenth pick, 227th overall selection of the Colorado Avalanche in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Svatos is a graduate of the WHL's Kootenay Ice.

An offensively gifted forward, Svatos played two seasons in Kootenay, helping the Ice capture the 2002 Memorial Cup title before making his professional debut in 2002-03. A member of Slovakia's World Junior Team in 2002, Svatos also skated for Slovakia's Under-18 Team in 99-2000 and was named the Top Junior Player in Slovakia that same year.

In 2002-03, Svatos made his professional debut with the AHL's Hershey Bears. Limited to a mere 30 games with Hershey due to a season-ending shoulder injury, the Kosice, Slovakia native returned to the ice in 2003-04 only to see his season shortened again. Svataos would play only a handful of regular season games due to a recurring shoulder injury which sidelined him until the 2004 playoffs.

Svatos represented Slovakia at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games held in Turin, Italy.

During the 2007-08 season Svatos suffered a torn ACL in a game against the Los Angeles Kings. At the time he was the leading goal-scorer on the Avalanche.

Injuries continued to plague Svatos in the years that followed, by the 2009-10 season he found himself finally healthy, but unable to return to his old form and was a healthy scratch on a number of occasions.

In 2010 Svatos left the NHL, signing a one-year deal with Avangard Omsk of the KHL.

On December 28, 2010 it appeared Svatos would return to the NHL as part of the St. Louis Blues franchise, but because he had begun the season in Europe, he would have to clear waivers to return to the NHL. He was claimed by the Nashville Predators and made his debut for the club on New Year's Eve 2010.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1999-00 HC VSZ Kosice Jr. Slovak-Jr. 39 43 30 73 28
1999-00 HC VSZ Kosice Slovakia 19 2 2 4 0
1999-00 Slovakia WJ18-A 6 2 0 2 0 +1
2000-01 Kootenay Ice WHL 39 23 18 41 47 +17 11 7 2 9 26
2001-02 Kootenay Ice WHL 53 38 39 77 58 +7 21 12 6 18 40
2001-02 Slovakia WJC-A 7 7 1 8 6 +5
2001-02 Kootenay Ice M-Cup 4 1 4 5 4
2002-03 Hershey Bears AHL 30 9 4 13 10 0
2003-04 Colorado Avalanche NHL 4 2 0 2 0 +1 11 1 5 6 2
2004-05 Hershey Bears AHL 72 18 28 46 69 +9
2005-06 Colorado Avalanche NHL 61 32 18 50 60 0
2005-06 Slovakia Olympics 6 0 0 0 0 -1
2006-07 Colorado Avalanche NHL 66 15 15 30 46 +1
2007-08 Colorado Avalanche NHL 62 26 11 37 32 +13
2008-09 Colorado Avalanche NHL 69 14 20 34 34 -6
2009-10 Colorado Avalanche NHL 54 7 4 11 35 -13 3 1 0 1 2
2009-10 Slovakia WC-A 6 1 1 2 6 -1
2010-11 Avangard Omsk Region KHL 19 3 5 8 14
2010-11 Nashville Predators NHL 9 1 2 3 2 +1
2010-11 Ottawa Senators NHL 19 3 2 5 8 -1
2011-12
2012-13 HC Slovan Bratislava KHL 6 1 0 1 4 2 0 0 0 2
2013-14 HC Kosice Slovakia 26 6 13 19 10 10 1 3 4 4
NHL Totals 344 100 72 172 217 14 2 5 7 4


WHL West Second All-Star Team (2002) Missed majority of 2002-03 due to shoulder injury, January 28, 2003.
Missed majority of 2003-04 due to shoulder injury vs. St. Louis, October 12, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Omsk (KHL), September 24, 2010. Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, December 28, 2010. Claimed on waivers by Nashville from St. Louis, December 29, 2010. Claimed on waivers by Ottawa from Nashville, February 24, 2011. Missed remainder of 2010-11 and all of 2011-12 due to head injury vs. Toronto, April 2, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Bratislava (KHL), January 23, 2013.
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