Andrej Sekera (born June 8, 1986) is a Slovak professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL). A defenceman, he was drafted in the third round, 71st overall, by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
June 8, 1986|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||204 lb (93 kg; 14 st 8 lb)|
Los Angeles Kings
71st overall, 2004|
After playing one season in the Slovak Extraliga for Dukla Trenčín, Sekera came to North America. He played two seasons with the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), where in the 2005–06 season, he won the Max Kaminsky Trophy as the OHL's most outstanding defenceman.
On July 14, 2006, Sekera signed a three-year contract with the Buffalo Sabres. He made his professional debut with the Sabres' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Rochester Americans, in the 2006–07 season. He also appeared in two NHL games with the Sabres early in the season.
On July 19, 2011, Sekera signed a four-year contract extension with the Sabres worth $11 million and in doing so, avoided salary arbitration.
During the 2012–13 NHL lockout, which cancelled the majority of the first half of the 2012–13 season, Sekera played in his native Slovakia with Slovan Bratislava of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He returned to the Sabres following the return of NHL play in January 2013.
On June 30, 2013, during the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Sekera was traded by the Sabres to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for the team's second-round draft pick (ultimately used to select J. T. Compher) and defenceman Jamie McBain.
Los Angeles KingsEdit
In the midst of the 2014–15 season, in the last year of contract before approaching unrestricted free agency, and with the Hurricanes out of playoff contention, on February 25, 2015, Sekera was traded to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a conditional first-round draft pick and defensive prospect Roland McKeown.
During the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs, Sekera suffered a torn ACL. It was announced he would miss six-to-nine months. Sekera made his 2017–18 season debut on December 22 in a 3–2 win over the St. Louis Blues.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2004–05||Owen Sound Attack||OHL||52||7||21||28||18||6||0||4||4||4|
|2005–06||Owen Sound Attack||OHL||51||21||34||55||54||11||5||8||13||9|
|2014–15||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||16||1||3||4||6||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honorsEdit
|First All-Star Team||2006|
|Max Kaminsky Trophy||2006|
- "Sabres re-sign Sekera, Ellis". The Sports Network. 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2011-07-19.
- "Hurricanes trade McBain, pick to Sabres for Sekera". The Sports Network. 2013-06-30. Retrieved 2013-06-30.
- "Kings acquire Sekera from Hurricanes". The Sports Network. 2015-02-25. Retrieved 2015-02-25.
- "Oilers agree to terms with Andrej Sekera". Edmonton Oilers. 2015-07-01. Retrieved 2015-07-01.
- "Oilers' Andrej Sekera out 6-9 months with torn ACL". sportsnet.ca. May 16, 2017. Retrieved February 24, 2018.
- Campbell, Tim (December 22, 2017). "Sekera return provides boost on, off ice for Oilers". NHL.com. Retrieved February 24, 2018.
- "Sekera out indefinitely for Oilers with torn Achilles tendon". NHL.com. August 14, 2018. Retrieved August 15, 2018.