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Newz Forum: HOCKEY: Stefan to remain a Thrasher

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posted on Jul, 28 2004 @ 03:05 PM
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Restricted free agent forward Patrik Stefan agreed to a contract with the Atlanta Thrashers on Wednesday. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not announced.

The 23-year-old Stefan, a former No. 1 overall draft pick, is the only player remaining from Atlanta's 1999-2000 inaugural season. He is the Thrashers' all- time leader in games played and assists. He is also third in scoring and fourth in goals.

"Patrik has developed into one of our top two-way forwards and become a leader on our club at a very young age," said executive vice president and general manager Don Waddell. "He is one of our best defensive forwards and really took significant strides with his offensive game last season. We look forward to his continued improvement and overall contributions to the club."

Stefan, a native of Pribram, Czech Republic, is coming off his best season as a Thrasher. He set career highs by playing in all 82 games and tallying 14 goals, 26 assists and 40 points, as the Thrashers fell 13 points shy of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

For his NHL career, the 6-2, 210 pound forward has played in 350 games, totaling 153 points on 49 goals and 104 assists.

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