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Pavol Demitra

Pavol Demitra

Team Number: 38
Birth Date: 11/29/1974
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 205lbs.
Position: Left Wing
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Signed a two-year, $8 million contract with Vancouver Canucks.

Pavol Demitra was born on Nov. 29, 1974 in Dubnica, Slovakia. Demitra started playing hockey at the age of four under the guidance of his father. His favorite NHL team growing up was the St. Louis Blues.

Demitra was drafted in the ninth round of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators. From the 1993 to 1996, the left winger played in the AHL for Prince Edward Island. In his final year there, he impressed NHL scouts by compiling a massive 81 points in only 48 games. Demitra did not start seeing his first heavy playing time in the NHL until the 1997-98 season with the St. Louis Blues. In that year he played in 61 games while scoring 22 goals and getting 52 points. In the next season, he absolutely went off by playing in all 82 games and scoring 37 goals en route to an 89 point season.

In his career, Pavol Demitra has skated in 682 NHL games during parts of 12 seasons with the Ottawa Senators, the St. Louis Blues, the Los Angeles Kings and now the Minnesota Wild, who acquired him from Los Angeles in exchange for Patrick O’Sullivan and a first round pick in the 2006 Entry Draft. Pavol Demitra’s career numbers include 645 career points on 266 goals and 379 assists. Demitra has scored 20-plus goals in eight consecutive NHL seasons. His career with St. Louis was remarkable, as he finished fifth on the team’s all time scoring list with 493 points. Demitra’s first season with the Minnesota Wild in 2006-07 was solid, as he put up 64 points on 25 goals and 39 assists.

Pavol Demitra and his wife Maria have a son, Lucas, and a daughter, Zara. They live together in the off-season in Slovakia. “Pav” likes to play golf as a hobby. He calls countryman Marian Gaborik and Marian Hossa his best friends in hockey. Demitra likes to play road games in Los Angeles and his favorite team to play against is the Colorado Avalanche.

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