Matthew Stajan (born December 19, 1983) is a Canadian
professional ice hockey centre
currently playing for the Calgary Flames
of the National Hockey League
(NHL). Matthew is of Slovenian
descent and holds dual citizenship of Canada
Stajan attended St. Timothy's Elementary School and Iona Catholic Secondary School
. As a young hockey player, Stajan played for such minor organizations as The Toronto Red Wings and Mississauga Senators.
He was drafted 79th overall by the Belleville Bulls
in the 2000 Ontario Hockey League
(OHL) priority selection. After scoring 33 goals and 52 assists with the Bulls, he was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs
in the second round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft
with the 57th overall selection. Stajan played one game in Toronto at the end of the junior campaign, in which he scored his first NHL goal on his first shot against the Ottawa Senators
' goalie Martin Prusek
At the age of 20, Stajan was able to make the Maple Leafs' roster. In his first full NHL regular-season, he was selected to the NHL All-Star Young Stars team as a forward. Stajan had two points (1 goal, 1 assist) in the game.
While the 2004–05 NHL season
was canceled due to the lockout
, Stajan played for the St. John's Maple Leafs
, the American Hockey League
(AHL) affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
During the 2005–06 season
, Stajan tied Marián Hossa
for first place with eight shorthanded points (four goals,... Read More