Milan Hejduk
Milan Hejduk
Right Wing
NUMBER: 23
HEIGHT: 6' 0"
WEIGHT: 190
SHOOTS: Right
BIRTHDATE: 02/14/1976
BIRTHPLACE: Usti, CZE
DRAFTED: QUE: 1994-87 overall

CAREER SUMMARY
Won a Stanley Cup with Colorado in 2001… Captured the franchise’s first-ever Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the NHL’s leading goal scorer in 2002-03…Co-winner of the 2003 Bud Light Plus/Minus Award…Named to the NHL’s Second All- Star Team in 2002-03…Was a Calder Trophy finalist and a member of the NHL All-Rookie Team in 1998- 99…Enters the 2012-13 campaign needing just nine games to become the first player in Colorado Avalanche history to appear in 1,000 career regular season games…He would become only the second franchise player to skate in 1,000 contests, joining Joe Sakic (1,378)…Ranks fourth on the franchise’s all-time scoring list with 794 career points…Hejduk’s 371 career goals also rank fourth, nine short of tying Peter Stastny (380) for third…Sits fifth in club history in assists (423)…Is the franchise’s all-time leader in regular season overtime goals with nine…With 59 career game-winning tallies, ranks second in club history behind only Sakic (86)…Sits third in franchise annals with 138 power-play goals…Reached the 20- goal mark for 11 straight seasons from 1999-00 to 2010-11, tying Sakic’s franchise record for consecutive seasons of 20 or more goals…In NHL history, only two Czech-born players have registered more points, Jaromir Jagr (1,653) and Patrik Elias (894)…Hejduk’s 371 goals are the second-most by a Czech-born player behind Jagr’s 665…Ranks 11th among active players in goals (107th all time)…Has scored 357 goals since the start of the 1999-00 season, the fifth-highest total in the NHL behind Jarome Iginla (454), Ilya Kovalchuk (406), Marian Hossa (402) and Vincent Lecavalier (360)…Served as team captain during the 2011-12 season, becoming just the third captain in Avalanche history and 10th in franchise history…Has competed in three All-Star Games: 2000, 2001 and 2009…Twice named NHL Player of the Week, March 31-April 6, 2003 and Jan. 19-25, 2004, and was the NHL’s First Star of the Week for Dec. 3-9, 2007…Is Pepsi Center’s all-time scoring leader with 186 goals and 392 points in 451 games…In franchise playoff history, Hejduk is tied for third in goals (34), ranks fourth in points (76) and is fifth in both assists (42) and games played (112)…A three time Olympian, Hejduk captured a gold medal with the Czech Republic at the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano, Japan and a bronze medal at the 2006 Olympics in Torino, Italy.

2011-12 SEASON
Was named team captain on Nov. 14, joining Joe Sakic and Adam Foote as the only captains in Avalanche history…Became the 10th different captain in franchise history and second European-born (Peter Stastny)… Completed his 13th NHL season…Finished tied for second on the team in games played (81) and powerplay goals (6)…Scored a season-high two goals on Dec. 31 at Anaheim, his 55th career multi-goal game… Passed Foote (967) for second place on the franchise’s all-time games played list on Feb. 15 at Vancouver… Missed his only game of the season on Feb. 25 at Detroit (groin).

CAREER
2010-11:
Reached the 20-goal mark for the 11th consecutive season, tying Joe Sakic’s franchise record…Led Colorado in power-play goals (10) and power-play points (24)…Finished third on the Avalanche in both points (56) and goals (22-tied)…Nominated by the Colorado chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy (perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey)…Became Pepsi Center’s all-time scoring leader on Oct. 30 vs. Columbus, passing Sakic (344 points)…Passed Anton Stastny (384) for fifth place on the franchise assist list on Nov. 30 vs. Atlanta…Left in the third period on Dec. 10 at Atlanta (groin), forcing him to miss seven games from Dec. 11-23…Was leading the team with 31 points at the time of the injury, the best start of his career through 28 games…Scored with four seconds left in regulation to force overtime on Jan. 8 vs. NY Islanders…Was the first Avalanche player to score a tying goal with four seconds or less remaining in regulation since Joe Sakic lit the lamp with one second left on Feb. 21, 1997 at Edmonton…Hejduk also scored 45 seconds into that Jan. 8th contest, the fastest goal to begin a game by an Avalanche player all season…Missed four contests (March 12-19) due to a shoulder injury suffered March 11 vs. Anaheim…Appeared in his 900th NHL game on March 22 vs. Columbus, becoming the first player in Colorado Avalanche history to appear in 900 career games…He was the third player in franchise history to reach 900 contests, joining Sakic (1378) and Adam Foote (967)…Passed Peter Forsberg (755) for fourth place on the franchise’s all-time scoring list and also tallied his 400th career assist in the season finale on April 10 vs. Edmonton.

2009-10: Finished third on the team with 23 goals despite playing only 56 games…Ranked second on the club in game-winning goals (4) and was third in power-play tallies (8)…Had points in each of his first five games, his longest point streak to start a season…Played in his 800th game on Nov. 6 vs. Chicago…Missed two contests (back), Nov. 8-11, snapping a streak of 170 consecutive games (longest active streak on the team)…Left in the third period on Nov. 27 at Minnesota (knee), forcing him to miss three games from Nov. 28 to Dec. 2…Missed two games (knee), Dec. 13-15…Passed Michel Goulet (813) for third place on the franchise’s games played list Dec. 21 at Minnesota…Missed 14 games (knee), Jan. 16 to Feb. 13…Sat out three contests (back), March 1-4…Scored his 121st career power-play goal on March 24 vs. Los Angeles, passing Peter Stastny (120) for third place in franchise history…Tallied his 700th career point on April 4 vs. San Jose, becoming the fifth player in franchise history to reach that mark.

2009-10 PLAYOFFS: Missed the last three playoff games after leaving Game 3 (WCQF) against San Jose due to an upper-body injury.

2008-09: Was the only Colorado player to appear in all 82 games…Led the Avalanche with 27 goals, the fifth time in his career that he’s paced the club in goals…Tied Ryan Smyth for the team lead in points with 59…Shared the club lead with 10 powerplay goals and finished second in both assists (32) and shots-on-goal (211)…Was selected to his third NHL All-Star Game and collected three points (1g/2a) at the 2009 All-Star Game on Jan. 25 in Montreal…Participated in all 13 shootouts for the Avalanche, going 6-for-13 (46.2%)…Scored his 300th NHL goal on Jan. 18 vs. Calgary…Became the fourth player in franchise history to reach 300 goals, joining Joe Sakic, Michel Goulet and Peter Stastny…He and Ryan Smyth reached the 300-goal milestone on the same night, becoming only the second teammates in NHL history to do so in the same game (Detroit’s Danny Gare and Ivan Boldirev, Feb. 26, 1983 vs. NY Islanders)…Tallied his 600th career point in the season opener against Boston on Oct. 9…Converted a penalty shot goal on Oct. 12 at Edmonton, improving to 3-for-3 in career penalty shot attempts…Moved into fifth place on the franchise’s alltime scoring list on Feb. 5 vs. Dallas, passing Anton Stastny (636).

2007-08:
Led the Avalanche with 29 goals in 77 games…Also paced the team in power-play goals (8) and shots (205)…Missed four straight games and five of six due to a back injury from Oct. 16-28… Was named the NHL’s First Star of the Week for Dec. 3-9 after leading all scorers with nine points (5g/4a) in four games…Recorded a career-high six points (3g/3a), including his fifth career hat trick, on Dec. 9 vs. St. Louis…Hejduk’s six points were the most by an Avalanche player since Peter Forsberg also had six on Jan. 1, 2003 at Nashville…Scored his 100th career power-play goal during his six-point night and also surpassed 300 career assists…Moved into fifth place on the franchise’s all-time games played list on March 26 vs. Vancouver…Appeared in his 700th NHL game on April 1 at Vancouver.

2007-08 PLAYOFFS: Ranked second on the team in goals (3) and was third in points (6) during the 2008 postseason…Appeared in his 100th career playoff game in Game One (CQF) at Minnesota on April 9…Scored the tying goal with 44 seconds remaining in Game Two (CQF) at Minnesota on April 11.

2006-07: Reached the 30-goal mark for the fifth time in his career, finishing second on the team with 35 goals…Shared the club lead with six game-winning tallies…Finished second on the Avs in shots with a career-high 257…Missed one game because of the flu, Nov. 25 vs. Vancouver…Suffered a nose injury on Dec. 9 vs. Los Angeles, forcing him to sit out one game (Dec. 11 vs. Carolina)…Notched his 500th career point with a goal on Jan. 9 vs. Detroit…Became the first NHL player among those who have entered the league since the= start of the 1998-99 season to reach 500 points… Recorded his third career hat trick on Feb. 15 at Calgary…Appeared in his 600th NHL game on Feb. 17 at Calgary…Scored a goal in five consecutive games, March 4-14, the first Avalanche player to score in five straight games since Hejduk himself did it in 2002- 03…Tallied his ninth career regular season overtime goal on March 18 vs. San Jose…Recorded his fourth career hat trick and had a career-high 10 shots on April 5 at Vancouver.

2005-06: Led the Avalanche in powerplay goals (14) for the third consecutive season; first franchise player to do that since Michel Goulet led the Nordiques for five straight years from 1984-88…Was a team-best +13…Missed the entire preseason and the first six games of the regular season after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on Sept. 20…Tallied two goals with one assist in his season debut on Oct. 21 at Edmonton…Scored his 200th career goal on Oct. 27 vs. Vancouver, becoming the sixth player in franchise history to reach that mark…Appeared in his 500th NHL game on Dec. 23 at Minnesota…Became the first player to score 100 goals at Pepsi Center, notching his 100th goal in that building on Jan. 17 vs. Toronto…Left after a collision in the first period on Feb. 2 at Nashville (neck)…Missed one game, Feb. 4 vs. Detroit…Scored his 217th career goal on March 13 at Calgary, passing Peter Forsberg for fifth place in franchise history…Sat out the March 25th game at St. Louis because of the flu.

2005-06 PLAYOFFS: Finished third on the team with eight points during the 2006 postseason…Tied for the club lead with a +3 rating…Collected seven points (2g/5a) in the Conference Quarterfinal against Dallas…Set a career playoff-high with four points in Game Two (CQF) at Dallas on April 24, scoring a goal with three assists…Assisted on Brett Clark’s tying goal late in the third period that night and also assisted on Joe Sakic’s game-winner in overtime.

2004-05: Finished second in the Czech Extraliga with 51 points (25g/26a) for Pardubice.

2003-04: Led the Avalanche in goals (35), power-play goals (16) and game-winners (6)…Finished second on the team in shots (237) and plus/minus (+19) and was third in both assists (40) and points (75)…Played in all 82 games for the fourth time in his career…Scored on his first career penalty shot, Jan. 11 at Chicago…Scored on his second penalty shot attempt eight days later at Tampa Bay on Jan. 19, which was only the third time in league history that an overtime game had been decided by a penalty shot…With the goal, Hejduk established a new NHL record for fewest days between penalty shot goals (previous was 20 days set by Woody Dumart in 1939-40 with the Boston Bruins)…Notched his second career hat trick on March 8 at Vancouver.

2003-04 PLAYOFFS:
Tallied goals in three consecutive games during the WCQF against Dallas.

2002-03: Scored his 50th goal in the final game of the season to capture the franchise’s first-ever Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the NHL’s leading goal scorer…Became the fourth player in franchise history (eighth time) to tally 50 goals in a season…Shared the NHL plus/minus title with Peter Forsberg (+52)…Played in all 82 games for the third time in his career…Posted a career-best seven-game goal-scoring streak, Feb. 11- 23, tied for the longest in the NHL that season (Geoff Sanderson)…Also equaled the longest goal-scoring streak in “Avalanche” history dating back to 1995-96…Collected five points on Jan. 1 at Nashville (2g/3a)…Tallied a pair of 13-game point streaks, Dec. 6-Jan. 2 and Feb. 11-March 7…Recorded his first-career hat trick after 20 two-goal performances, Feb. 8 vs. Detroit.

2002-03 PLAYOFFS: Scored goals in each of his first two playoff games versus Minnesota…Led the team in plus/minus (+4).

2001-02: Tied for second on the Avalanche in goals with 21 despite missing the final 20 contests with an abdominal strain.

2001-02 PLAYOFFS: Returned to action in Game Six at Los Angeles after missing the final 20 regular season and first five playoff games with an abdominal strain…Goal in Game Two (CSF) vs. San Jose snapped a 10-game playoff drought dating back to the 2001 Conference Finals.

2000-01: Finished second on the Avalanche with 41 goals, tied for seventh best in the league…Made his second straight appearance in the NHL All-Star Game, played on his home ice at Pepsi Center…Finished tied for fourth in the league with nine game-winning goals…Scored four consecutive GW goals, Dec. 23-Jan. 2, equaling a franchise record set by Peter Stastny in January of 1985…Missed one game after suffering a lower back strain Jan. 6 at Carolina, ending his 205 consecutive games played streak…Returned Jan. 10 at Columbus…Missed his second game March 31 at Los Angeles (flu).

2000-01 PLAYOFFS: Helped the Avalanche capture its second Stanley Cup championship…Led all NHL players with 16 assists in the playoffs and his 23 points tied Patrik Elias for second in the league behind Joe Sakic (26)…Tied for sixth in the NHL with seven playoff goals…Points in each of his first eight postseason games (3g/9a), a career-best playoff point streak.

1999-00: Led the Avalanche with 36 goals in his second NHL season…Named to the World Team for the 2000 All-Star Game, his first all-star appearance…Played in all 82 games for the second time in as many seasons.

1999-00 PLAYOFFS: Had points in three straight contests against Detroit (CSF)…Scored the tying goal at 2:19 of the third period in Game Five at Dallas.

1998-99: Led all NHL rookies in regular season scoring and playoff scoring…Named to the 1999 NHL All-Rookie Team…Finished third in Calder Trophy voting after leading all rookies with 48 points…Also paced all rookies in assists (34) and game-winning goals (5-tied)…Hejduk’s 14 goals overall were fifth…Tallied his first career goal and assist in his first NHL game, Oct. 10 vs. Ottawa…Recorded a career-high four assists on March 28 vs. Los Angeles.

1998-99 PLAYOFFS: Led all rookies in playoff points (12)…Scored the overtime goal in Games Two and Six of CQF vs. San Jose, becoming the first rookie since 1939 to tally two OT goals in one playoff series…Collected two points (1g/1a) in Game Four (CSF) vs. Detroit, including his third GW goal of the post-season…Suffered a broken collarbone in Game Four of the Conference Finals vs. Dallas on May 28.

INTERNATIONAL
Has represented his country in eight international tournaments, including three Olympic Games… Won a gold medal with the Czech Republic at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan…Helped the Czech Republic to a bronze medal at the 2006 Olympics…Appeared in all eight games during that tournament, scoring two goals with one assist…Also represented his country at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City…Played at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, where he tied for the team lead with three goals and tied for second with five points…Ranked among the tournament leaders with five goals at the 2003 IIHF World Championship…Bronze medal winner at the 1998 IIHF World Championship, though he played only one game after breaking his jaw in the tournament opener…Represented the Czech Republic at the 1995 and 1996 IIHF World Junior Championships.

PERSONAL
Milan and his wife, Zlatuse, have twin sons, Marek and David (8)…Spends his summers in both Denver and his native Czech Republic…Helped run a practice for the Avalanche’s Pee Wee Team (University of Denver Jr. Pioneers) on Jan. 23, 2012 at Pepsi Center…During Thanksgiving week in 2010, Hejduk visited with homeless teenagers at the Urban Peak Shelter in Denver…The visit was part of an NHL initiative in which the Avalanche/Pepsi Center partnered with the Denver Inner City Parish food donation program “We Don’t Waste” to distribute food leftovers from Pepsi Center… Is involved with Garth Brooks’ “Teammates For Kids”… Actively participates in the Avalanche Player Clinics, teaching the fundamentals of ice hockey to local youth players…Boyhood idol was Vladimir Ruzicka…Won the 2003 Golden Stick Award as the best hockey player from the Czech Republic…Last name is pronounced HAY-DOOK.