|Assets:||Had excellent hands, as well as the instincts to find open ice. Knew how to make himself invisible in the offensive zone. Could unleash an ultra-quick shot at a moment's notice. Provided quiet but steady leadership.|
|Flaws:||His small, light frame was a target for the opposition's most physical players. Late in his career, he struggled with defensive-zone coverage and lost his scoring touch, as well. Would wear down as the season rolled along.|
|Career Potential:||Underrated scoring winger with great hands.|
|NHL||Stanley Cup||2000-01 (Colorado)|
|NHL||Maurice "Rocket" Richard||2002-03|
|NHL||Bud Light Plus/Minus Award||2002-03 (shared with Peter Forsberg)|
|NHL||Second All-Star Team||2002-03|
|NHL||Named to play in the NHL All-Star Game||2008-09, 2000-01, 1999-00|
|Olympic||Olympic Gold Medal||1998 (Czech Republic)|
|Olympic||Olympic Bronze Medal||2006 (Czech Republic)|
|2/24/2014||Announced his retirement.|
|4/10/2013||Missed 5 games (shoulder injury).|
|4/01/2013||Shoulder injury, injured reserve.|
|3/14/2013||Missed 5 games (torso injury).|
|3/10/2013||Torso injury, injured reserve.|
|3/05/2013||Torso injury, day-to-day.|
|5/18/2012||Re-signed by the Colorado Avalanche to a one-year contract.|
|2/27/2012||Missed 1 game (groin).|
|5/11/2011||Re-signed by the Colorado Avalanche to a one-year contract.|
|3/22/2011||Missed 4 games (shoulder injury).|
|3/12/2011||Shoulder injury, day-to-day.|
|12/27/2010||Missed 7 games (groin).|
|4/24/2010||Missed the last 2 playoff games (head injury).|
|4/20/2010||Head injury, day-to-day.|
|4/11/2010||Missed 2 games (personal reasons).|
|4/07/2010||Personal reasons, day-to-day.|
|3/06/2010||Missed 17 games (knee injury).|
|1/16/2010||Knee injury, sidelined indefinitely.|
|12/19/2009||Missed 2 games (right knee injury).|
|12/13/2009||Right knee injury, day-to-day.|
|12/03/2009||Missed 3 games (knee injury).|
|11/28/2009||Knee injury, day-to-day.|
|11/14/2009||Missed 2 games (back injury).|
|11/11/2009||Back injury, day-to-day.|
|11/08/2009||Back injury, day-to-day.|
|9/24/2009||Re-signed by the Colorado Avalanche to a one-year contract extension.|
|11/01/2007||Missed 4 games (sore back).|
|10/21/2007||Sore back, day-to-day.|
|10/19/2007||Missed 1 game (sore back).|
|10/16/2007||Sore back, day-to-day.|
|12/13/2006||Missed 1 game (nose injury).|
|12/11/2006||Nose injury, day-to-day.|
|11/28/2006||Missed 1 game (flu).|
|3/26/2006||Missed 1 game (flu).|
|2/07/2006||Missed 1 game (neck injury).|
|2/04/2006||Neck injury, day-to-day.|
|2/02/2006||Neck injury, left Thursday's game.|
|10/21/2005||Missed 6 games (right knee surgery).|
|10/01/2005||Right knee surgery, late October.|
|8/06/2005||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Colorado Avalanche to a five-year contract.|
|7/28/2005||Colorado Avalanche tendered a qualifying offer.|
|9/18/2004||NHL lockout: Signed with the HC Moeller Pardubice of the Czech Extraleague.|
|8/05/2004||Re-signed by the Colorado Avalanche to a one-year contract.|
|7/16/2004||Filed for salary arbitration.|
|4/27/2002||Missed the last 20 games of the regular season and Game 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 of Round One against Los Angeles (abdominal strain).|
|3/02/2002||Abdominal strain, day-to-day.|
|4/02/2001||Missed 1 game (flu).|
|1/10/2001||Missed 1 game (strained back).|
|1/07/2001||Strained back, day-to-day.|
|6/21/1995||Rights transferred to the Colorado Avalanche after the Quebec Nordiques franchise relocated.|
|6/28/1994||Drafted by the Quebec Nordiques in the 4th round (87th overall) in 1994.|
Milan Hejduk announces his retirement | 02/24/2014 11:29 AM
NewsMilan Hejduk officially announced his retirement on Monday.
ImpactHe played all 14 of his NHL seasons with the Colorado Avalanche, where he had 375 goals and 805 points in 1,020 games. "I was fortunate to play many years at this level with a great organization and unbelievable teammates," Hejduk said in a statement released by the Avalanche. "I realized my lifelong dream of not only playing in the NHL but winning a Stanley Cup. My family and I are proud to call Denver home and are enjoying our time together." We wish him the best in whatever he chooses to do next.
Report: Milan Hejduk will announce retirement | 11/13/2013 1:06 PM
NewsMilan Hejduk will reportedly announce his retirement.
ImpactThat's based on a quote Hejduk gave to a Czech Republic daily newspaper. As early as July, Hejduk was interested in signing a new contract, but the unrestricted free agent never agreed to terms with an NHL club. At his height, Hejduk led the NHL with 50 goals in 2002-03 and he played a key role in the Colorado Avalanche winning the Stanley Cup in 2001. He spent his entire career with the Avalanche and ended up with 375 goals and 805 points in 1,020 games.
Milan Hejduk open to signing for 2013-14 | 07/08/2013 6:48 PM
NewsMilan Hejduk is interested in extending his NHL career.
ImpactHejduk is an unrestricted free agent, but the Colorado Avalanche don't appear to be interested in re-signing him. He has spent his entire NHL career with Colorado, but he's open to signing elsewhere. "He wants to keep playing," Hejduk's agent, Jiri Crha said. "If there is any team that really wants to use him for his offensive skills, he still believes he could do it." He had 11 points in 29 games while averaging 13:09 minutes last season.
Milan Hejduk will play in Saturday's finale | 04/25/2013 5:36 PM
NewsMilan Hejduk won't dress in Friday's game at Phoenix, but he will play in Saturday's regular-season finale back home versus Minnesota.
ImpactHe has been a healthy scratch for the past two games, as Colorado evaluates some of their younger players. It is likely that Hejduk retires after this season, even though he hasn't made anything official yet, so Saturday's contest could act as a farewell appearance for the long-time Avalanche winger.
Colorado activates Milan Hejduk | 04/19/2013 4:52 PM
NewsMilan Hejduk (shoulder) has been activated off of the injured reserve list.
ImpactHejduk is expected to play in Friday's game against Edmonton. He has four goals and 11 points in 27 games this season.
Milan Hejduk is slated to return Friday | 04/18/2013 3:52 PM
NewsMilan Hejduk will return to action Friday night after getting over his shoulder injury.
ImpactHe hasn't played since March 30, but will get back into the fold during the team's final five games. They may also be the last contests of his NHL career.
Milan Hejduk could return on Monday | 04/15/2013 7:51 AM
NewsMilan Hejduk (shoulder) practiced with full contact on Sunday and could return to the Colorado lineup as soon as Monday.
ImpactHejduk has missed the last eight games with the injury and has only four goals and 11 points this season. Hejduk may be playing in his last NHL season but has not determined his future as of yet. "I'm not really sure right now. We'll sit down and make some decisions after the season," said Hejduk who is 37 years of age.
Milan Hejduk is out Thursday | 04/11/2013 8:06 PM
NewsMilan Hejduk (shoulder) will not play on Thursday.
ImpactIt will be the seventh straight game that Hejduk has missed. It initially looked like he might return, but he should still be considered day-to-day.
Milan Hejduk expected to return Thursday | 04/09/2013 4:13 PM
NewsMilan Hejduk (shoulder) is expected to be ready to return to the lineup Thursday.
ImpactHejduk has been sidelined since March 30 with the injury. He has only four goals and 11 points in 27 games this season and is no longer relevant in fantasy circles.
Milan Hejduk skates on Monday | 04/09/2013 8:09 AM
NewsMilan Hejduk skated on Monday but is still not ready to return to action after his shoulder injury.
ImpactJust an FYI as Hejduk is likely on the last legs of a good NHL career. He has only four goals and 11 points in 27 games this season.
Colorado puts Milan Hejduk on IR list | 04/01/2013 12:07 PM
NewsMilan Hejduk (shoulder) has been moved to the injured reserve list.
Avalanche.nhl.com on Twitter
ImpactHejduk sustained the injured on Saturday and is out indefinitely. He has four goals and 11 points in 27 games this season.
Milan Hejduk out indefinitely with shoulder | 04/01/2013 7:20 AM
NewsMilan Hejduk will be out indefinitely after suffering a shoulder injury Saturday.
ImpactHejduk may be playing his last season in the NHL as he is now 37 so you have to wonder if he has played his last game in the NHL. If so, he will leave the game with 375 goals and 805 career points in 1018 games, all with the Colorado Avalanche.
M. Hejduk suffers a shoulder injury Saturday | 03/30/2013 4:09 PM
NewsMilan Hejduk sustained a shoulder injury during Saturday's contest.
Avalanche.nhl.com on Twitter
ImpactHejduk will not be able to return before the conclusion of Colorado's match against Nashville. He has four goals and 11 points in 26 games in 2013.
Milan Hejduk won't dress Saturday in Dallas | 03/22/2013 4:43 PM
NewsMilan Hejduk will be a healthy scratch for Saturday's road game at Dallas.
ImpactThe Avalanche play on Sunday night back home against Vancouver, so he could be back in the lineup for that contest. One of David Jones or Jamie McGinn, who were healthy scratches Wednesday, will play in Hejduk's place.
Milan Hejduk scores 375th career goal | 03/19/2013 7:29 AM
NewsMilan Hejduk scored his 375th career goal on Monday.
ImpactHe is now tied for 104th overall with Trevor Linden and Butch Goring. This could be Hejduk's last season in the NHL so it's nice to hit milestones like this one.
Hejduk skates on Avs' top unit Thursday | 03/15/2013 8:52 AM
NewsMilan Hejduk skated alongside Paul Stastny and Gabriel Landeskog Thursday night against Minnesota.
ImpactThis is a nice spot for Hejduk, who returned from a neck injury to play Thursday. However, since the Avs' lost to the Wild with a lackluster effort don't count on the unit staying together. For the record, David Jones dropped down to the third unit to accommodate the switch.
| 03/15/2013 2:48 AM
NewsMilan Hejduk was activated from the IL on Thursday March 14.
Milan Hejduk will probably return Thursday | 03/13/2013 2:34 PM
NewsMilan Hejduk (neck) is probable for Thursday's game.
ImpactThe cause of Hejduk's five-game absence was originally not clear, but apparently he's been dealing with a stiff neck. "I woke up and I couldn't move," Hejduk said. He practiced alongside Paul Stastny and Gabriel Landeskog on Wednesday, but Avalanche coach Joe Sacco hasn't committed to using that line Thursday.
M. Hejduk nears return from shoulder injury | 03/13/2013 9:03 AM
NewsMilan Hejduk (shoulder) is nearing his return to the Avalanche's lineup.
ImpactThe Colorado Avalanche have already demoted Tyson Barrie in preparation for activating Hejduk off of the injured reserve list. However, Hejduk still missed his fifth straight game on Tuesday.
Milan Hejduk won't play Tuesday vs. Red Wings | 03/05/2013 2:31 PM
NewsMilan Hejduk will be sidelined for Tuesday's game against the Detroit Red Wings due to a torso injury.
Avalanche on Twitter
ImpactHejduk already missed time earlier with the same injury and it appears the ailment has flared up. At this point in his career, Hejduk doesn't have a ton of fantasy value regardless of his health status. The 37-year-old winger has three goals and nine points in 20 games.
Hejduk returns from torso injury, scores goal | 02/23/2013 7:52 PM
NewsMilan Hejduk returned from a torso injury for Colorado's 4-1 loss Saturday.
ImpactHejduk accounted for the Avalanche's lone goal after leaving Wednesday's game due to the ailment. P.A. Parenteau and Gabriel Landeskog each registered an assist in the losing effort.
Milan Hejduk (torso) is probable Saturday | 02/23/2013 11:10 AM
NewsMilan Hejduk (torso) is projected to return on Saturday.
ImpactHejduk practiced on the third line on Friday. He left Wednesday's contest due to the ailment.
Milan Hejduk knocked out of Avs game | 02/21/2013 2:25 AM
NewsMilan Hejduk left and didn't return during the Colorado Avalanche's 1-0 OT win against the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday.
Colorado Avalanche on Twitter
ImpactHejduk's injury is originally described as a "torso" issue. It's believed the 37-year-old is on the verge of retirement. He has two goals and seven points in 15 games this season.
Milan Hejduk scores on his 37th birthday | 02/15/2013 10:48 AM
NewsMilan Hejduk scored his second goal on his 37th birthday.
ImpactHejduk netted his first goal on his 1,000th NHL game, so he's been a safe bet to find the back of the net during milestone nights. He also netted a key goal in the shootout to help Colorado best the Minnesota Wild on Thursday.
Milan Hejduk scores in his 1000th game | 02/05/2013 10:26 AM
NewsMilan Hejduk scored his first goal of the season in his 1,000th career NHL game.
ImpactHejduk has four points in nine games this season. He's had a great career, but his fantasy value at this point is unfortunately marginal. That being said, with Gabriel Landeskog and Steve Downie sidelined and Ryan O'Reilly still unsigned, the Avalanche are likely to lean on Hejduk a bit more for now.
Milan Hejduk to play 1,000th game Monday | 02/04/2013 8:19 AM
NewsMilan Hejduk will play in his 1,000th NHL game on Monday.
ImpactHe will become only the 30th NHLer to play 1,000 games for the same franchise and the ninth active player to do so. Hejduk has had a very good NHL career and is only three points away from becoming the third Czech player to hit the 800 point mark in his career as Jaromir Jagr and Patrik Elias have also done so. There will be a ceremony before the game tonight so congratulations are in order for Milan Hejduk.
Hejduk registers point in Avs loss | 01/20/2013 3:20 AM
NewsMilan Hejduk assisted on John Mitchell's opening goal just two minutes into Saturday's tilt with Minnesota, but the Avalanche squandered the lead and lost 4-2 in their season opener.
ImpactHejduk played just 13 minutes on Saturday night, signifying his role in the Avs offence might be further reduced this season. Colorado boasts a talented core of younger forwards like Gabriel Landeskog, Matt Duchene, P.A. Parenteau and Paul Stastny.
Milan Hejduk should start season on 3rd line | 01/17/2013 10:39 AM
NewsMilan Hejduk knows that any cold streak could result in him spending time in the press box.
Impact"It could happen, obviously. I'm in that stage of my career," Hejduk said. "Anything is possible, but I'll try to work hard, however the coaches want to use me. I'm fine with it." Hejduk signed a one-year deal and this might be his final campaign. He's tentatively expected to start the season on the third line and should get some ice time with the man advantage.
Milan Hejduk admits this could be final year | 01/17/2013 2:36 AM
NewsThis could be Milan Hejduk's final NHL season.
ImpactThe 36-year-old winger admits that it might be over soon. He's not well-equipped for a grinding role, so it all comes down to how much he can produce. Considering the improving talent in Colorado, it might be tough for him to stick as an everyday threat.
Milan Hejduk starts 2013 on the third line | 01/14/2013 7:25 AM
NewsMilan Hejduk opened training camp on the third line with John Mitchell and Steve Downie.
ImpactHejduk was one of the stars of the Avalanche for many years and had 12 straight 20 goal seasons for Colorado before picking up only 14 last season. It may not be in the cards for Hejduk to score 20 again, especially in this shortened season. Other line combinations for Colorado on Sunday were: Matt Duchene, P.A. Parenteau and Gabriel Landeskog; Paul Stastny, David Jones and Jamie McGinn; and Mark Olver in the middle between Cody McLeod and Patrick Bordeleau.
|Games||82||5 times-last: 2008-09 (Col)|
|Penalty Minutes||44||2006-07 (Col)|
|Power Play Goals||18||2002-03 (Col)|
|Shorthanded Goals||1||6 times-last: 2008-09 (Col)|
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