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Andrej Sekera (born June 8, 1986) is a Slovak professional ice hockey player currently under a contract with the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League (NHL). He Has formerly played for the Buffalo Sabres, Slovan Bratislava, Carolina Hurricanes, Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers. A defenceman, he was drafted in the third round, 71st overall, by the Sabres in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Andrej Sekera
Andrej Sekera 2013-1.jpg
Born (1986-06-08) June 8, 1986 (age 33)
Bojnice, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 204 lb (93 kg; 14 st 8 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Dallas Stars
Buffalo Sabres
Slovan Bratislava
Carolina Hurricanes
Los Angeles Kings
Edmonton Oilers
National team  Slovakia
NHL Draft 71st overall, 2004
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 2006–present

Contents

Playing careerEdit

MinorEdit

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.

ProfessionalEdit

Buffalo SabresEdit

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.

Sekera recorded his first NHL goal on November 28, 2007, against St. Louis Blues' goaltender Manny Legace.

In 2009, Sekera was selected to represent Slovakia internationally at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. Slovakia ultimately finished fourth in the tournament.

On July 19, 2011, Sekera signed a four-year contract extension with the Sabres worth $11 million and in doing so, avoided salary arbitration.[1]

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.

Carolina HurricanesEdit

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.[2]

 
Sekera with the Buffalo Sabres in 2011.

In 2014, Sekera was again selected to represent Slovakia, participating in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Slovakia finished the tournament in a disappointing 11th place.

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.[3]

Edmonton OilersEdit

On July 1, 2015, the Edmonton Oilers signed Sekera to a six-year, $33 million contract.[4] In his first season with the club, Sekera recorded 6 goals and 30 points in a career-high 81 games.

During the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs, Sekera suffered a torn ACL. It was announced he would miss six-to-nine months.[5] Sekera made his 2017–18 season debut on December 22 in a 3–2 win over the St. Louis Blues.[6]

During the 2018 offseason, Sekera injured his Achilles tendon while training and was set to be out indefinitely.[7] In the 2018–19 season, following a lengthy rehab, Sekera returned to play on a conditioning assignment with AHL affiliate the Bakersfield Condors, on February 5, 2019.[8] After five games, Sekera returned to the Oilers and made his first appearance with Edmonton in over a year, playing a third-pairing defensive role against the Arizona Coyotes on February 19, 2019.[9] Sekera played out the season with the Oilers to finish with 4 assists in 24 games.

Having been limited to just 60 regular-season games over the previous two seasons, Sekera's tenure with Edmonton ended as he was placed on unconditional waivers by the Oilers in order to buy out the remaining two years of his initial six-year contract on June 30, 2019.[10]

Dallas StarsEdit

On July 1, 2019, Sekera was signed as a free agent to a one-year $1.5 million contract with the Dallas Stars.[11]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 Dukla Trenčín Slovak 3 0 0 0 2
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
2006–07 Rochester Americans AHL 54 3 16 19 28
2006–07 Buffalo Sabres NHL 2 0 0 0 2
2007–08 Rochester Americans AHL 40 2 15 17 22
2007–08 Buffalo Sabres NHL 37 2 6 8 16
2008–09 Buffalo Sabres NHL 69 3 16 19 22
2009–10 Buffalo Sabres NHL 49 4 7 11 6 6 0 0 0 7
2010–11 Buffalo Sabres NHL 76 3 26 29 34 2 1 0 1 4
2011–12 Buffalo Sabres NHL 69 3 10 13 18
2012–13 Slovan Bratislava KHL 25 3 9 12 8
2012–13 Buffalo Sabres NHL 37 2 10 12 4
2013–14 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 74 11 33 44 20
2014–15 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 57 2 17 19 8
2014–15 Los Angeles Kings NHL 16 1 3 4 6
2015–16 Edmonton Oilers NHL 81 6 24 30 12
2016–17 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 8 27 35 18 11 1 2 3 2
2017–18 Edmonton Oilers NHL 36 0 8 8 6
2018–19 Bakersfield Condors AHL 5 0 2 2 2
2018–19 Edmonton Oilers NHL 24 0 4 4 6
NHL totals 707 45 191 236 178 19 2 2 4 13
Medal record
Representing   Slovakia
Ice hockey
World Championships
  2012 Helsinki

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2004 Slovakia WJC18 6th 6 1 1 2 18
2005 Slovakia WJC 7th 6 1 0 1 2
2006 Slovakia WJC 8th 6 2 3 5 2
2008 Slovakia WC 13th 5 0 1 1 2
2009 Slovakia WC 4th 6 0 2 2 2
2010 Slovakia OG 4th 7 1 0 1 0
2010 Slovakia WC 12th 6 0 2 2 2
2012 Slovakia WC   10 2 7 9 6
2013 Slovakia WC 8th 8 1 1 2 2
2014 Slovakia OG 11th 4 0 2 2 0
2016 Slovakia WC 9th 7 3 1 4 6
2016 Team Europe WCH   6 0 2 2 4
2018 Slovakia WC 9th 7 1 2 3 4
2019 Slovakia WC 9th 7 2 3 5 4
Junior totals 18 4 4 8 22
Senior totals 73 10 23 33 32

Awards and honorsEdit

Award Year
OHL
All-Rookie Team 2005
First All-Star Team 2006
Max Kaminsky Trophy 2006

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sabres re-sign Sekera, Ellis". The Sports Network. 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2011-07-19.
  2. ^ "Hurricanes trade McBain, pick to Sabres for Sekera". The Sports Network. 2013-06-30. Retrieved 2013-06-30.
  3. ^ "Kings acquire Sekera from Hurricanes". The Sports Network. 2015-02-25. Retrieved 2015-02-25.
  4. ^ "Oilers agree to terms with Andrej Sekera". Edmonton Oilers. July 1, 2015. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  5. ^ "Oilers' Andrej Sekera out 6-9 months with torn ACL". Sportsnet.ca. May 16, 2017. Retrieved February 24, 2018.
  6. ^ Campbell, Tim (December 22, 2017). "Sekera return provides boost on, off ice for Oilers". NHL.com. Retrieved February 24, 2018.
  7. ^ "Sekera out indefinitely for Oilers with torn Achilles tendon". NHL.com. August 14, 2018. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  8. ^ "Good times are rolling during Andrej Sekera's Bakersfield rehab". Edmonton Sun. February 12, 2019. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  9. ^ "Oilers defenseman Sekera takes return to lineup in stride". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. February 19, 2019. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  10. ^ "Oilers clear cap space with buyout of Andrej Sekera". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. June 30, 2019. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
  11. ^ "Stars sign defenseman Andrej Sekera to 1-year contract". Dallas Stars. July 1, 2019. Retrieved July 1, 2019.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Danny Syvret
Winner of the Max Kaminsky Trophy
2005–06
Succeeded by
Marc Staal