Miroslav Šatan (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈmiɾɔslaʊ̯ ˈʃatan]; born October 22, 1974) is a Slovak former professional ice hockey right winger who most recently played for Slovan Bratislava of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).
October 22, 1974|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||191 lb (87 kg; 13 st 9 lb)|
New York Islanders
111th overall, 1993|
In 1991–92, Šatan played for the local HC Topoľčany and did remarkably well, as he scored 30 goals and had 22 assists in just 31 games. He then graduated to the senior division within the same year. When he became 18, he joined Dukla Trenčín rather than enter compulsory army service for Slovakia (which stopped in 2006). He played there for the 1992–93 and 1993–94 seasons.
Šatan was drafted 111th overall in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft by the Edmonton Oilers. Prior to his entry into the NHL, he played in the Czechoslovak and Slovak leagues and he had scored nine goals in eight games representing Slovakia at the 1994 Winter Olympic Games.
In 1994–95, Šatan played a season in the minor leagues, split between four teams including the Oilers' minor league affiliate, the Cape Breton Oilers, and the International Hockey League's Detroit Vipers. While with the Vipers, he scored the winning goal in an exhibition game against Wayne Gretzky's Ninety-Niners, an all-star team put together by Gretzky during the 1994–95 NHL lockout.
After two seasons with the Oilers, Šatan was traded to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Craig Millar and Barrie Moore. He would lead the Sabres in scoring on six occasions. During the 2004–05 NHL Lockout, Šatan played for Slovan Bratislava in the Slovak Extraliga. After the lockout, Šatan was not offered a contract by the Sabres.
New York IslandersEdit
Šatan signed as a free agent with the New York Islanders on August 3, 2005. He led the Islanders in goals in the 2005–06 season. His 35 goals during the season were his highest goal-output since the 2001–02 season with the Sabres. Almost half his 35 goals came on the power play (17), also a career personal best. Šatan tied for the team lead in points with 66, shared with captain Alexei Yashin. Also in 2005–06, Šatan went seven for ten (70%) and was third in the NHL in shooting percentage in the shootout.
On December 2, 2006, he scored his 300th career goal, against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Earlier in the season, he had recorded his 300th career assist and his 600th career point.
On March 24, 2007, Šatan missed the Islanders' game in Philadelphia for personal reasons, ending a streak of having played in 305 consecutive games. It was the fourth longest active streak at the time, and marked the second time in his career that he has played over 250 consecutive games. He had a 256-game streak as a member of the Sabres that ended in November 2002.
On July 3, 2008, Šatan signed a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins. During the 2008–09 season, Šatan was placed on waivers by Pittsburgh on March 4, 2009, the same day as the NHL trade deadline, not long after playing in his 1,000th NHL game. Having not been claimed by another team, Šatan was assigned to the Penguins' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. In Wilkes-Barre, Šatan had three goals and nine points in ten games. Various reports credited him with being upbeat and a good influence, especially with the younger players.
On April 10, 2009, Šatan was recalled by Pittsburgh and cleared re-entry waivers. He re-established himself with the Penguins in the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs when he played against the Washington Capitals in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on April 23. He then played in nine games and won his first ever Stanley Cup as a member of the Penguins.
The Penguins did not re-sign Šatan when his contract expired at the end of the season, and he was not signed during the free agency period.
On January 2, 2010, Šatan signed a US$700,000 contract with the Boston Bruins for the remainder of the 2009–10 season. The contract included a no movement clause. He made his Bruins debut against the Ottawa Senators on January 5, finishing with a +2 plus-minus. He scored his first a goal as a Bruin on January 7 against Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Antti Niemi. On April 21, he scored the game-winning goal in double overtime to defeat the Buffalo Sabres and take a 3–1 lead in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. On April 26, Šatan then scored the series-winning goal over the Sabres with 5:11 remaining in the game.
On September 8, 2011, Šatan moved to the Slovak Extraliga to rejoin former club Slovan Bratislava. In 2012–13, Slovan moved from the Slovak Extraliga to the KHL and named Šatan team captain. He was badly injured by his former Boston Bruins teammate Zdeno Chára in a match against Lev Praha on 3 November 2012. Subsequently, Šatan said he did not know if he would play another hockey match in his life. Šatan would return to play in the 2013 IIHF World Championship.
Šatan announced his retirement from professional hockey on May 20, 2014, at age 39.
In September 2015, Šatan was appointed general manager for Team Europe to compete in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Team Europe finished second in the tournament after losing the final series to Canada.
Šatan grew up in Topoľčany, Slovakia. He married his long-time girlfriend Ingrid in 2004. They have a son, Miroslav Jr., born in March 2006 and a daughter, Viktoria, born in July 2009. He lives in Jericho, New York.
Because Šatan's name so closely resembles (in English) that of Satan, many devil-related jokes have been made at his expense. During his career, many sports-data sites (including Fox Sports, Sports Illustrated, ESPN and Yahoo) used the number 666 in the URL of Šatan's page.  A popular April Fool's joke had Šatan traded to the New Jersey Devils and been made captain of his new team, making Šatan the "leader" of the Devils. After Šatan announced his retirement in 2014, the Yahoo headline read: "Satan be gone!".
- Led Buffalo Sabres in points six times;
- Tenth place on Buffalo Sabres all-time scoring list with 224 goals and 232 assists (seventh in goals scored).
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|1991–92||HC Topoľčany||SVK II||9||2||1||3||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|1992–93||ASVŠ Dukla Trenčín||TCH||38||11||6||17||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1993–94||HC Dukla Trenčín||SVK||30||32||16||48||16||9||10||6||16||—|
|1994–95||Cape Breton Oilers||AHL||25||24||16||40||15||—||—||—||—||—|
|1994–95||San Diego Gulls||IHL||6||0||2||2||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|1999–2000||HC Dukla Trenčín||SVK||3||2||8||10||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||HC Slovan Bratislava||SVK||7||6||4||10||41||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||HC Slovan Bratislava||SVK||18||11||9||20||14||18||15||7||22||16|
|2005–06||New York Islanders||NHL||82||35||31||66||38||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||New York Islanders||NHL||81||27||32||59||46||5||1||2||3||0|
|2007–08||New York Islanders||NHL||80||16||25||41||39||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||HC Slovan Bratislava||SVK||10||10||6||16||22||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||HC Slovan Bratislava||SVK||49||23||29||52||127||12||8||14||22||10|
|2012–13||HC Slovan Bratislava||KHL||21||7||5||12||22||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013–14||HC Slovan Bratislava||KHL||23||9||3||12||8||—||—||—||—||—|
Šatan captained the Slovak national team to gold, silver, and bronze in multiple world championships:
- Winter Olympic Games – 1994, 2002, 2006, 2010
- World Championships – 1994 (Pool C – gold medal), 1995 (Pool B – gold medal), 1996, 2000 (as a captain won silver medal), 2002 (as a captain won gold medal), 2003 (as a captain won bronze medal), 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012 (silver medal), 2013, 2014
- World Cup of Hockey – 1996, 2004
- Team Slovakia – 180 caps / 86 goals
- Mirolav Šatan's Profile at HockeyDraft.ca
- "Satan a free agent after Sabres decline option". ESPN. 2005-08-01. Retrieved 2009-08-04.
- "Satan signs with Islanders". TSN. 2005-08-03. Retrieved 2009-08-04.
- "Penguins sign Miroslav Satan". Pittsburgh Penguins. 2008-07-03. Archived from the original on 2009-06-01. Retrieved 2009-08-04.
- "Pittsburgh assign Miroslav Satan to Wilkes-Barre". Pittsburgh Penguins. 2009-03-04. Archived from the original on 2009-06-01. Retrieved 2009-08-04.
- "Pittsburgh Penguins' Satan rising to the occasion". bleacherreport.com. 2009-05-09. Retrieved 2009-08-04.
- "Bruins sign Miroslav Šatan for the remainder of the season". 2010-01-02.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-14. Retrieved 2010-06-13.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- "Dynamo Moscow release Satan, Strbak, and Chris Simon | Sports.ru in English".
- "Miro Šatan v Slovane! Zatiaľ na mesiac". 9 September 2011. Retrieved 10 September 2011.[permanent dead link]
- "Slovan zvíťazil v Prahe nad Levom. Chára zranil Šatana". 3 November 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
- "Miroslav Šatan: "Modlite sa, aby som ešte hral!"". 18 December 2012. Retrieved 18 December 2012.
- "Age No Obstacle for Miroslav Šatan". 4 May 2013. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 4 May 2013.
- Hornby, Lance (9 September 2015). "Satan to run Team Europe for World Cup in 2016". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
- "Canada rallies to beat Team Europe, wins World Cup of Hockey". ESPN. 30 September 2016. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or ESPN.com, or Eurohockey.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
- Sports Illustrated Player profile
- Miroslav Šatan´s hockey cards gallery
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