Milan Hejduk

Czech ice hockey player

Milan Hejduk (born February 14, 1976, in Ústí nad Labem, Czechoslovakia) is a Czech retired ice hockey right winger. He played a combined 14 seasons in the National Hockey League all with the Colorado Avalanche.

Milan Hejduk
Hejduk during warmups before a Avalanche-Thrashers game on March 11, 2008
Born (1976-02-14) February 14, 1976 (age 48)
Ústí nad Labem, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Right Wing
Played for NHL:
Colorado Avalanche
HC Pardubice
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 87th overall, 1994
Quebec Nordiques
Playing career 1993–2013



Before playing in the NHL, Hejduk played 5 seasons with HC Pardubice of the Czech Extraliga. He was drafted by the Quebec Nordiques with the 87th overall pick in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. In 2001, Hejduk won the Stanley Cup with the Avalanche when they defeated the New Jersey Devils 4 games to 3. During the 2002-03 NHL season, he was able to win the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy beating out Markus Näslund of the Vancouver Canucks.[1] When the 2004-05 NHL lockout happened, Hejduk returned to the Czech Republic to play for his old team, HC Pardubice. He became the captain of the Avalanche on November 14, 2011.[2] He gave up captaincy because of his role in the organization changing.[3]

Hejduk retired from playing professional ice hockey on November 13, 2013.[4]


  1. "Maurice Richard Trophy: Past Recipients". NHL. Retrieved 2014-02-01.
  2. "Hejduk Named Captain". NHL. Archived from the original on 2011-11-16. Retrieved 2014-02-01.
  3. "Gabriel Landeskog succeeds Milan Hejduk as Colorado Avalanche captain". The Denver Post. 4 September 2012. Retrieved 2014-02-01.
  4. "Longtime Avalanche forward Hejduk to retire". NHL. Retrieved 2014-02-01.

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