|DRAFTED:||BUF: 2003-106 overall|
|Rights traded to Edmonton by Buffalo for Edmonton's 7th round choice (Nick Eno) in 2007 Entry Draft, July 10, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Columbus, July 5, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Colorado, July 1, 2011.|
Led all Colorado defensemen with 81 games during his first season with the Avalanche…Finished tied for first among Avs defensemen with five goals, which also matched his career high…Added 14 assists for a total of 19 points, the third-most of his career…Finished second on the club with 134 blocked shots…Led the Avalanche in total minutes (1675:18) and total shifts (2179)…Ranked third on the club in average ice time at 20:41, which included a team-high 17:33 of even strength ice time per contest…Was second among Colorado defensemen and fourth overall on the team with 142 hits…Tallied his first goal as a member of the Avalanche on Nov. 10 vs. NY Islanders, the game-tying goal in the third period of a 4-3 OT win…Missed his only game of the season on Jan. 18 vs. Florida due to a groin injury…Appeared in his 400th NHL game on Feb. 19 at Winnipeg…Logged a season-high 26:11 of ice time on Feb. 22 vs. Los Angeles.
2010-11: Appeared in 77 games for the Columbus Blue Jackets, recording 20 points (5g/15a) while averaging 21:07 of ice time…Hejda’s five goals were a career high, while his 20 points marked the second-best total of his career (21 in 2008-09)…Finished second among Blue Jackets defenders in games played and ice time, and was third in points…Led the team and ranked 16th in the NHL with 158 blocked shots…Set a career high with 79 shots-on-goal…Missed two games, Oct. 28-30, due to injury…Played in his 300th NHL game on Dec. 31 vs. Ottawa…Tied his career high and a club record with a +4 plus/minus rating on Feb. 8 at Pittsburgh…Missed two games due to suspension, April 3-5.
2009-10: Led the Blue Jackets in blocked shots (133) and ranked third in average ice time (20:38)…Saw his streak of 161 consecutive games played come to an end when he missed eight contests from Oct. 17 to Nov. 4 due to injury…Compiled a career high three-game point streak from Jan. 7-10, which included goals in back-to-back games for the first time in his career…Missed the season’s final 12 games due to injury (March 19 - April 9).
2008-09: Registered a career-high 21 points (3g/18a) while appearing in all 82 games for the Blue Jackets…Broke his own franchise record for highest plus/minus rating in a single season at +23…That +23 rating tied him for seventh among all NHL defensemen…Finished second on the club with 157 blocked shots…Tied a Blue Jackets single game record with a +4 rating on Jan. 2 at Colorado… Logged a career-high 28:58 of ice time on April 4 at Nashville.
2008-09 PLAYOFFS: Skated in three of Columbus’ four postseason games in what was the Blue Jackets’ first-ever appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs…Was injured in Game 3 of the CQF vs. Detroit on April 21 and missed Game 4.
2007-08: Posted a team-high +20 plus/minus rating in 81 games during his first season with Columbus…The next highest plus/minus mark on the Blue Jackets was +7 by Rostislav Klesla…Finished tied for 10th among NHL defensemen in plus/minus…Set a career high with 61 penalty minutes…Skated in his 100th NHL game on Feb. 19 at Toronto.
2006-07: Appeared in 39 games with the Edmonton Oilers during his first season in North America…Made his NHL debut on Nov. 3 vs. Dallas…Tallied his first NHL point with an assist on Nov. 10 at Columbus…Scored his first NHL goal, the game-winner, on Jan. 8 at Los Angeles…Picked up two assists on Feb. 6 vs. Vancouver for his first career multi-point game…Missed the season’s final 15 games due to a shoulder injury…Also played five games for Hamilton (AHL).
2005-06: Had 15 points (2g/13a) in 50 games for Mytischi Khimik in Russia… Added five points (2g/3a) and 24 penalty minutes in nine playoff contests.
2004-05: Tallied 13 points (2g/11a) and 59 penalty minutes in 60 games with CSKA Moscow in Russia.
2003-04: Played 60 games for CSKA Moscow during his first season in Russia.
2002-03: Helped HC Slavia Praha win the Czech Elite League championship…Led all defensemen in playoff scoring with 13 points (5g/8a) in 17 games…Had 17 points (6g/11a) in 52 regular season contests.
Other: Spent the better part of six seasons playing in the Czech Elite League from 1997-98 to 2002-03, mostly with Slavia Praha.
Represented the Czech Republic at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, appearing in all five contests (0 points, +4)…Has also represented his nation at five IIHF World Championships, 2003-06 and 2008…Helped the Czech Republic win the gold medal at the 2005 IIHF World Championship in Austria, appearing in all nine games…Also helped his country to the silver medal at the 2006 IIHF World Championship.
Jan and his wife, Tereza, have two children, daughter Natalie and son Matheas…Spends his summers in the Czech Republic…Volunteered at the giveSPORTS equipment drive on Sept. 8, 2012 at Pepsi Center, which helped collect 25,000 new and gently used sports equipment, $11,000 in cash donations and $30,000 in scholarship funds…The equipment drive benefitted “A Precious Child” and the “Jessica Ghawi Scholarship Fund”…Participated in the Avalanche’s Player Clinics and Team Fit program during his first season with Colorado…Name is pronounced YAHN HAY-dah.