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Marek Svatos
Marek Svatos
Right Wing
(MAIR-ehk SVA-tos)
Number: 40
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 185
Shoots: Right
Born: Jun 17, 1982
Birthplace: Kosice, Slovakia
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Drafted: COL / 2001 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 7th (227th overall)
2008-09 SEASON
Appeared in a career-high 69 games, recording 14 goals and 20 assists…Tied for fourth on the team in both goals and power-play goals (6) and was sixth in assists and points (34)…Went 3-for-9 in shootouts with three game-deciding goals (tied for second in NHL)…Skated in his 200th NHL game on Oct. 25 vs. Buffalo…Matched his career high with three assists on Nov. 29 vs. Tampa Bay…Missed six games after injuring his back on Dec. 9 vs. Los Angeles…Scored a season-high two goals and added an assist on Feb. 2 vs. Calgary…Left after the second period on March 22 at San Jose (head)…Missed two games, March 25-27…Sat out the last three games of the season due to a finger injury.

CAREER
2007-08:
Missed the final 16 games of the season after suffering a torn ACL on March 1 vs. Los Angeles…Was leading the team with 26 goals at the time of his injury, a total that still finished second on the club at season’s end…Scored 23 of his 26 goals at even strength…Shared the team lead with six game-winning goals…Ranked among the NHL leaders in shooting percentage (3rd, 18.6%)…Finished third on the Avalanche in plus/minus with a +13 rating…Missed three games due to a groin injury, Nov. 30-Dec. 3…Scored the overtime game-winner on Jan. 5 vs. NY Islanders, his 100th NHL point…Led the Avalanche with nine goals and 12 points during the month of January…Sat out one game, Feb. 2 at St. Louis, with a groin injury…Shared the team lead with nine points (4g/5a) in the month of February…Was riding a season-high six-game point streak (1g/5a) when he went down with the knee injury. 2006-07: Recorded 15 goals and 15 assists in 66 games during his second NHL season…On Oct. 25 vs. Washington, Svatos posted a career-high three assists and tied a franchise record with 11 shots-on-goal…Led the Avalanche with six goals in November…Missed one game because of the flu, Dec. 11 vs. Carolina…Missed a total of 12 games due to a groin injury (Dec. 15, Dec. 19-27, March 1-14, April 7-8). 2005-06: Despite missing the final 20 games of the season due to a fracture in his right shoulder, Marek tied Joe Sakic for the team lead with 32 goals…Finished third among NHL rookies in goals, trailing only Alex Ovechkin (52) and Sidney Crosby (39)…Was second among league rookies in goals-per-game (0.52)…Became the first rookie in Avalanche history to score 30 or more goals in a single season…Tied the NHL rookie record with nine game-winning goals, equaling the mark set by Steve Larmer in 1982-83…His nine game winners led the entire NHL at the time of his injury and wound up tied for third in the league…Notched 12 power-play goals, tied for the most by a rookie in club history (Anton Stastny in 1980-81)…Missed the season opener with a groin injury…Recorded his first career hat trick and tallied a career-high four points (3g/1a) on Oct. 10 vs. Calgary…With only six games under his belt, Svatos had the “earliest” hat trick to begin a career since Atlanta’s Dean Sylvester accomplished the feat in just his fourth career game, Nov. 22, 1999 vs. Vancouver…Assisted on Pierre Turgeon’s 500th goal on Nov. 8 vs. San Jose…Compiled a seven-game point streak, Nov. 16-27 (5g/5a)…Scored the first penalty shot goal by a rookie in franchise history on Dec. 4 vs. Buffalo…Notched his second  hat trick on Jan. 9 vs. St. Louis…Potted 10 goals in January, the first Avs/Nordiques rookie to score 10 goals in a single month since Joe Sakic in October of 1988…Suffered a shoulder injury on March 4 at Dallas, forcing him to miss the remainder of the season. 2004-05: Skated in 72 games for Hershey, finishing fourth on the team in goals (18), assists (28) and points (46). 2003-04: Made his NHL debut in the season opener on Oct. 10 vs. Chicago…Suffered a shoulder injury in the second game of the season, Oct. 12 at St. Louis, forcing him to miss the next 78 games…Returned to the lineup April 2 at Columbus and scored two goals (first NHL points), including the game-winner. PLAYOFFS: Registered his first playoff assist/point in his playoff debut against Dallas (Gm 1, WCQF)…Scored the overtime winner (first playoff goal) in Game Four at Dallas on April 14, ending the fifth-longest overtime in franchise history at 5:18 of the second OT…Chipped in three assists in Game Five vs. Dallas. 2002-03: Sustained his third separated shoulder in a three-week span on Jan. 22…Forced to undergo season-ending surgery on Jan. 29, 2003, ending his AHL rookie season (missed 34 games)…Sat out the majority of training camp and the first four games of the season recovering from a previous surgical procedure…Missed 11 additional games with a sprained knee. 2001-02: Member of the 2002 Memorial Cup Champions, the Kootenay Ice…Set a franchise record for most power play goals in a season (22). 2000-01: Finished seventh on the Ice in goals (23) despite playing only 39 games.

INTERNATIONAL
Played for Slovakia at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, appearing in all six contests (no points)…Performed for Slovakia at the 2002 IIHF World Junior Championship, scoring seven goals in seven games…Named 2000 Top Slovakian Junior…Represented Slovakia at the 2000 World Under-18 Championship.

PERSONAL
Marek and his wife, Diana, have a son, Marek David…Favorite hockey players growing up were Joe Sakic and Steve Yzerman…Is involved with Garth Brooks’ “Teammates For Kids.”
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