Martin Erat (Czech pronunciation: [ˈmarcɪn ˈɛrat] (listen)) (born August 29, 1981) is a Czech former professional ice hockey player. He played in the National Hockey League for the Nashville Predators, Washington Capitals and the Phoenix/Arizona Coyotes.
August 29, 1981|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||201 lb (91 kg; 14 st 5 lb)|
HC Kometa Brno
|National team||Czech Republic|
191st overall, 1999|
Erat made a splash in his NHL rookie year in 2001–02 as a member of the "vowel line", which consisted of himself on left wing, Vladimír Országh on right wing and Denis Arkhipov at centre. His first NHL point was a game-winning goal against the Calgary Flames on October 11, 2001. That year, he set a then Nashville rookie record for games played (80), assists (24) and points (33).
Erat struggled in his sophomore season in 2002–03 and spent the majority of the season with the Predators' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals. After changing his number from 19 to 10 in the off-season, his play improved in his third season, 2003–04. He notched then career highs with goals (16), assists (33) and points (49), also ranking second on the team with a +10 plus-minus rating. Erat's first Stanley Cup playoff point was an assist in the 2004 Western Conference Quarterfinals in a 2–1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on April 10, 2004.
In 2005–06, Erat scored a career-high 20 goals in his fourth season with the Predators, tallying 49 points. He also played for the Czech national team at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, where he helped the team secure a bronze medal.
During the 2006–07 season, Erat emerged as a legitimate first-line player, tallying 57 points in 68 games. Most often, Erat teamed with Paul Kariya and David Legwand to form the team's top unit. However, Erat missed the final five weeks of the season with a torn medial collateral ligament (MCL).
In 2007–08, Erat posted a new career-high of 23 goals and added 34 assists to once again reach the 57-point plateau. Following the 2007–08 season, he signed a seven-year, $31.5 million contract extension with the Predators. He has two career hat-tricks, the first against the Edmonton Oilers and the second against the Vancouver Canucks on December 8, 2009.
On April 3, 2013, the Predators traded Erat and Michael Latta to the Washington Capitals at the NHL trade deadline in exchange for prospect Filip Forsberg. Erat requested the trade away from Nashville and waived a no-trade clause in his contract to facilitate the deal.
On November 25, 2013, Erat requested a trade for the second time since being traded to the Capitals, just eight months prior. Erat first asked for a trade in October after being demoted to the team's fourth line. Erat's second request for a trade came after he was a healthy scratch for the first time in his career. Erat has said he would waive his no-trade clause, claiming it is "time to move on".
|Representing Czech Republic|
|World Junior Championships|
On the eve of the 2013–14 NHL trade deadline, on March 4, Erat was traded (alongside John Mitchell) to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Chris Brown, Rostislav Klesla and a fourth-round pick in 2015.
After 13 seasons and 881 regular season games in the NHL, Erat left North America as a free agent and signed a one-year contract with Russian club Avangard Omsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) on September 17, 2015. In May 2016, he returned to the Czech Extraliga and signed a contract with HC Kometa Brno. On April 19, 2017, Erat helped the team claim its 12th championship, after a 51-year drought. Erat retired on May 30, 2019.
Erat played for the Czech Republic national team at the 2001 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, helping the team win the gold medal. In 2006, he played for the bronze medal-winning Czech team at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. That same year, Erat was also a member of the silver medal-winning team from the 2006 IIHF World Championship in Riga.
Martin has an older brother, Roman, who currently plays for HC Kometa Brno in the Czech Extraliga.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|1997–98||HC ZPS–Barum Zlín||CZE U20||33||26||26||52||11||—||—||—||—||—|
|1998–99||HC ZPS–Barum Zlín||CZE U20||35||21||23||44||11||—||—||—||—||—|
|1998–99||HC ZPS–Barum Zlín||ELH||5||0||0||0||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000–01||Red Deer Rebels||WHL||17||4||24||28||24||22||15||21||36||32|
|2004–05||HC Hamé Zlín||ELH||48||20||23||43||129||16||7||5||12||12|
|2016–17||HC Kometa Brno||ELH||39||13||23||36||34||13||4||4||8||12|
|2017–18||HC Kometa Brno||ELH||49||12||34||46||20||14||5||6||11||10|
|2018–19||HC Kometa Brno||ELH||18||3||14||17||29||9||0||6||6||4|
|2019–20||HC Kometa Brno||ELH||16||1||5||6||12||—||—||—||—||—|
- "Martin Erat asks Capitals to trade him". Washington Post. November 25, 2013. Retrieved November 25, 2013.
- "Caps trade disgruntled Erat to Coyotes for Klesla, Brown". The Sports Network. March 4, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2014.
- "Erat strengthens Omsk" (in Russian). Kontinental Hockey League. September 17, 2015. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
- "Hokejisté Brna porazili Liberec 5:2 a jsou po 51 letech mistry | ČeskéNoviny.cz". www.ceskenoviny.cz (in Czech). Retrieved April 19, 2017.
- "Erat International Statistics". hokej.cz (in Czech). March 4, 2012. Archived from the original on February 19, 2012. Retrieved March 4, 2012.