Mark Thomas Streit (born 11 December 1977) is a former Swiss professional ice hockey defenceman. He was formerly the captain of both the New York Islanders and the Swiss national team. Streit was one of the few swingmen in the NHL who could play both as a defenceman and as a forward.
Streit after winning the Stanley Cup with the Penguins in 2017
11 December 1977|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)|
New York Islanders
262nd overall, 2004|
Streit began his career in the Swiss Nationalliga A with Fribourg-Gottéron in 1995–96 as an 18-year-old. The following year, he transferred to Davos and improved to a 25-point campaign in 44 games in 1998–99, his third season with the team.
Garnering attention from the National Hockey League (NHL), but being undrafted at the time, he bounced around the minor leagues in the 1999–2000 season, playing the majority of the season with the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Streit returned to the Nationalliga and spent five seasons with the ZSC Lions after his brief North American stint. He helped the ZSC Lions to a Swiss championship in 2001, as well as back-to-back IIHF Continental Cups in 2001 and 2002. After a 12-goal, 36-point season in 48 games in 2003–04, Streit was drafted in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, 262nd overall, by the Montreal Canadiens at 26 years old (players are typically drafted at the age of 18).
As the 2004–05 NHL season was cancelled due to a lockout, Streit remained with the Lions for one more season and posted a career high 14 goals, 29 assists and 43 points in 44 games.
In the 2005–06 season, Streit made his NHL debut with the Canadiens, appearing in 48 games and recording 11 points. On 16 March 2006, in a game against the Carolina Hurricanes, Streit was joined by two other Swiss players playing in the NHL at the time, the Canadiens' goaltender David Aebischer and the Hurricanes' goaltender Martin Gerber.
Streit continued to make strides the following season, improving to 36 points in 76 games before emerging as an elite NHL defenceman in his third season with the Canadiens. In the 2007–08 season, he finished third in league scoring among defencemen, behind Nicklas Lidström and Sergei Gonchar, with 62 points in 81 games. Streit was made the Canadiens' nomination for the Bill Masterton Trophy, awarded for perseverance and dedication to hockey.
New York IslandersEdit
Coming off a breakout campaign, Streit became an unrestricted free agent on 1 July 2008, and signed a five-year, $20.5 million contract with the New York Islanders. Upon signing with the Islanders, Streit became the second-highest paid Swiss professional athlete to Roger Federer, earning more than top national soccer players. During his first season with the Islanders, Streit was selected to appear in his first NHL All-Star Game in 2009. In his first season with the team, Streit led the Islanders in scoring with 56 points, becoming only the second defenseman to lead his team in scoring since the NHL lockout. The first was Ľubomír Višňovský, who led the Los Angeles Kings with 67 points in 2005–06.
On 25 September 2010, Streit tore his shoulder labrum and rotator cuff after a routine check into the boards by teammate Matt Moulson during a scrimmage. He was sidelined for the entire 2010–11 season.
Streit became the first Swiss-born team captain in NHL history, when the Islanders appointed him to the position in September 2011.
Streit, who became an unrestricted free agent entering the summer of 2013, had his rights traded from the Islanders to the Philadelphia Flyers on 12 June 2013, for Shane Harper and a fourth-round draft pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. On 28 June, Streit signed a four-year, $21 million deal with the Flyers.
On 1 March 2017, Streit was traded hours before the deadline in a deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning where the Flyers received Valtteri Filppula, a fourth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, and a conditional seventh-round pick. The Tampa Bay Lightning then instantly traded him to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a fourth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
Return to Montreal and retirementEdit
On 25 July 2017, Streit signed as a free agent to a one-year, $700,000 deal in a return to the Montreal Canadiens. On 12 October 2017, the Canadiens placed Streit on waivers just 4 games into the season. He cleared waivers, but refused to report to the Canadiens' AHL affiliate, the Laval Rocket. Consequently, Streit was placed on unconditional waivers on October 15 effectively ending his NHL career. He and the Canadiens came to a mutual agreement to terminate his contract the next day.
On 30 October 2017, Streit announced his retirement from professional hockey after 12 NHL seasons.
Streit made his international debut at the 1995 European Junior Championships, then appeared in his first of two World Junior Championships in 1996. He scored one goal in five games as Switzerland finished ninth. In 1997, he scored two goals and Switzerland improved to seventh.
In 1998, Streit appeared in his first of ten consecutive World Championships. Playing as the host nation, Switzerland finished a surprising fourth, falling to the Czech Republic in the bronze-medal game. He scored an international career-best seven points in seven games in 2005, as Switzerland advanced to the quarter-finals, losing to Sweden 2–1.
As Streit was named team captain at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Switzerland improved to sixth, topping international giants Czech Republic and Canada in their preliminary games. Streit scored the game-winning goal against the Czechs to defeat them 3–2 in the Swiss' second round-robin game, then assisted on the second goal of a 2–0 upset against Canada two days later. Following the stunning Swiss victory over Canada, an incredulous Streit admitted, "I never thought we could do that." In the quarter-finals, Streit scored in the first period to tie the game 1–1, but the Swiss were overpowered by Sweden 6–2.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|1999–00||Tallahassee Tiger Sharks||ECHL||14||0||5||5||16||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||New York Islanders||NHL||74||16||40||56||62||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||New York Islanders||NHL||82||11||38||49||48||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||New York Islanders||NHL||82||7||40||47||46||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||New York Islanders||NHL||48||6||21||27||22||6||2||3||5||4|
- All statistics taken from NHL.com
Awards and honorsEdit
- "Streit hopes to cash in on success". Montreal Gazette. Archived from the original on 16 June 2008.
- "Koivu sits as Habs enter final week". The Sporting News. Retrieved 19 September 2008.[dead link]
- "Islanders power up with D Mark Streit". New York Islanders. 1 July 2008. Archived from the original on 3 August 2008. Retrieved 19 September 2008.
- "For Islanders' Mark Streit, an All-Star return to Montreal". Sporting News. 8 January 2009. Retrieved 14 January 2009.[dead link]
- "Habs, Streit agree to terminate contract - Article - TSN". TSN. 16 October 2017. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
- "Isles' Streit out indefinitely despite reports of torn labrum". 26 September 2010. Archived from the original on 18 February 2013.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
- Sherman, Rodger. "2012 Swiss Hockey standings: Yannick Weber and Logan Couture's Geneva in first". sbnation.com. 8 October 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
- "Press Release: Flyers Acquire D Mark Streit". Philadelphia Flyers. 12 June 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
- "Flyers ink Streit to multi-year contract". Philadelphia Flyers. 28 June 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
- Tampa Bay, Lightning (1 March 2017). "Lightning announce trade deadline roster moves". Tampa Bay Lightning. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
- "Canadiens agree to terms with Mark Streit". Montreal Canadiens. 25 July 2017. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
- "Canadiens place Mark Streit on waivers".
- "Streit announces retirement from hockey". NHL.com. 30 October 2017. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
- Jenkins, Lee; Kiefer, Peter (19 February 2006). "Do you believe in Switzerland? Canada does". New York Times. Retrieved 25 September 2008.
- "Men's hockey: only three left unbeaten". Sporting News. Retrieved 25 September 2008.[dead link]
- "Men's Team Canada summary". San Diego Union-Tribune. Archived from the original on 10 September 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2008.
- "Wednesday's Olympic Capsules". ESPN. Retrieved 25 September 2008.
- NHL.com (2009). "Mark Streit's NHL Profile". NHL.com. Retrieved 7 April 2009.
- Gormley, Chuck (16 January 2009). "Streit's persistence pays off with All-Star nod". NHL.com. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
- "Penguins repeat as Stanley Cup champions". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 11 June 2017. Retrieved 11 June 2017.