Pavol Demitra

Pavol Demitra

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Pavol Demitra (born November 29, 1974) is a Slovak professional ice hockey centre currently playing for the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He previously played in the National Hockey League (NHL). Since joining the NHL in 1993, he has also previously played with the Ottawa Senators, with whom he was originally drafted, St. Louis Blues, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild and Vancouver Canucks. Before he joined the NHL, Demitra played in his native Slovakia, as well as the American Hockey League (AHL) and International Hockey League (IHL), minor professional leagues in North America. In Demitra's NHL career spanning 16 years, he has achieved the 300-goal mark and won the Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship in 2000.

Internationally, Demitra won a bronze medal for Czechoslovakia at the 1993 World Junior Championships. After the country split in 1993, Demitra began competing for Slovakia, with whom he won a second bronze medal at the 2003 World Championships and participated at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, while leading the tournament in scoring.In 2011, Pavol Demitra announced his retirement from representation career. His last representation match for Slovakia took place on May 9, 2011, during 2011 World Championships.

Demitra is widely considered one of the best draft steals in NHL history.

Playing career

After playing in the Czechoslovak Extraliga with Dubnica and HC Dukla......
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