Jan Hejda
Jan Hejda
Avalanche - Defenseman
NUMBER: 8
HEIGHT: 6' 4"
WEIGHT: 237
SHOOTS: Left
BIRTHDATE: 06/18/1978
AGE: 35
BIRTHPLACE: Prague, CZE
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.
2012-13 SEASON
Finished second among Avalanche defensemen in scoring with 10 points (1g/9a) in 46 games…Ranked second on the club in blocked shots (102)…Led all Colorado defenders and finished fourth overall on the team in hits (96)…Registered a career-high eight hits on Feb. 16 at Edmonton, the most by an Avalanche defenseman since the league began tracking the statistic in 2005-06…Tied his career high with two assists on Feb. 26 at San Jose, allowing him to reach the 100-career point mark…Recorded his second career fighting major on March 20 vs. Dallas and his third on April 8 vs. Calgary…Scored the game-winning goal with eight seconds left in regulation on April 13 vs. Vancouver…Tied his career high with a +4 rating on April 21 vs. St. Louis, the third time in his career that he’s been +4 in a game…Following the season, Hejda represented the Czech Republic at the 2013 IIHF World Championship in Stockholm and Helsinki.

CAREER
2011-12:
Led all Colorado defensemen with 81 games during his first season with the Avalanche…Matched his career high with five goals, which tied for first among team defensemen…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 fourth on the Avalanche in hits (142)…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.

2010-11: Appeared in 77 games for the Columbus Blue Jackets, recording 20 points (5g/15a)…Hejda’s five goals were a career high…Finished third among Blue Jackets defenders 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 to 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 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.

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…Finished tied for 10th among NHL defensemen in plus/minus…Skated in his 100th career 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…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) in nine playoff contests.

2004-05: Tallied 13 points (2g/11a) in 60 games with CSKA Moscow.

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. Other: Spent the better part of six seasons playing in the Czech Elite League from 1997-98 to 2002-03, mostly with Slavia Praha.

INTERNATIONAL
Represented the Czech Republic at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, appearing in all five contests (0g/0a, +4)…Has represented his nation at six world championships, 2003-06, 2008 and 2013…Appeared in all eight games for his country at the 2013 IIHF World Championship in Stockholm/Helsinki, tallying one assist…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.

PERSONAL
Jan and his wife, Tereza, have a daughter, Natalie, and a son, Matheas…Volunteered at the giveSPORTS equipment drive on Sept. 8, 2012 at Pepsi Center, which helped collect sports equipment, $11,000 in cash donations and $30,000 in scholarship funds…The drive benefitted “A Precious Child” and the “Jessica Ghawi Scholarship Fund”…Name is pronounced YAHN  HAY-dah.