Godfather of hockey - Peter Šťastný

Peter Šťastný
  - Member of the NHL and IIHF Hall of Fame
  - Triple world champion
  - Calder Trophy winner

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Peter Stastny is a world hockey icon who managed to rise to fame first in Europe and then in North America in the time when the world was divided into two enemy blocs. In 1998 he became one of the first Europeans inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. Two years later he became a member of the IIHF Hall of Fame.

He is the only player in history to have represented three countries (Czechoslovakia, Canada and Slovakia). On international ice he won gold twice at the World Championships as a player with Czechoslovakia (1976, 1977) and then in 2002 as a general manager of the Slovak national team. In 1980 he defected to Canada with his brother Anton and they both signed a contract with Quebec Nordiques. One year later they were joined by their eldest brother Marian and together they formed one of the best lines in the league. Peter didn't take long to establish himself as a star of the league. He won the Calder Trophy for the best rookie in his first NHL season. His 109 points stood as a rookie record until 1993. Peter obtained Canadian citizenship and in 1984 he was a member of the star-studded Canadian lineup which triumphed at the Canada Cup. In the twilight of his career he captained team Slovakia at the Olympic Games in Lillehammer (1994) and in 1995 he was instrumental in bringing Slovakia to the elite level of World Championships.

Peter has left a major mark in the NHL and only Wayne Gretzky accumulated more points than him in the 1980s. In spite of this, he never managed to win the craved Stanley Cup. Apart from Quebec, he also played for New Jersey Devils and St. Louis Blues. In total he recorded 977 games and 1239 points for 450 goals and 789 assists in the regular season. In playoffs he appeared in 93 games and amassed 105 points for 33 goals and 72 assists. He has broken the 100-point plateau in a single season seven times.

Now he is hoping that his son Paul, donning a jersey with the same number as his father (26), can achieve what he could not. Paul plays for the same franchise as his father although now they are called Colorado Avalanche. Paul's elder brother Yan has also appeared in the NHL. Both sons have represented USA at the World Championships.

Godfathers of hockey in Slovenia