Petr Sykora

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Petr Sykora is a right winger for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He has spent 12 seasons (as of the 2008-2009 season) in the National Hockey League. He hails from Plzen, in the Czech Republic.[1]

Early Years

Sykora was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the first round of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft (18th overall). He spent the majority of this first season with the Devils, and only played 5 games with their minor league affiliate, the Albany River Rats of the American Hockey League {AHL}. He scored 18 goals and 24 assists (42 points) this season for the Devils. He had the best season of his career in 2000-2001, when he scored 35 goals and 46 assists (81 points). Sykora was traded after the 2001-2002 season to the Anaheim Ducks for Jeff Friesen and Oleg Tvordovsky.[2]

Anaheim and After

Sykora spent three seasons with Anaheim before being traded to the New York Rangers midway through the 2005-2006 season. After not being resigned by New York, he was signed by the Edmonton Oilers for one season. He then signed a rwo year free agent contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins, where he remains.


Sykora scored his first career hat trick (three goals in a game) in 2008, after having the distinction of having the longest streak of two-goal games (44 games) without scoring a third.[3]