Thursday, October 22, 2009

2005 Slovakia National Team Miroslav Satan Jersey

Born on this date in 1974, Miroslav Satan was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers 11th overall in round five of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft after playing professionally for three seasons in Czechoslovakia, later Slovakia.

He played one season in the minors in North America in 1994-95 before joining the Oilers for two seasons and being traded to the Buffalo Sabres near the end of the second season, where he would go onto play for eight seasons and leading them in scoring for six of those and making it to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1999.

His best season in Buffalo, and of his career, was in 2002-03 when he scored 26 goals and 49 assists for 75 points. The most goals he ever scored in a single season was 40 during the 1998-99 campaign, which would tie him for 7th in the league.

Following the NHL lockout of 2004-05, when he played 18 games back in Slovakia, he became a free agent and signed with the New York Islanders where he would finish tied for first, second and then third in team scoring during his three seasons on Long Island.

Satan would then sign with the Pittsburgh Penguins for the 2008-09 season, scoring 36 points in 65 games before being placed on waivers on the trading deadline late in the season. After being assigned to the minors, he was recalled by the Penguins a month later and rejoined the Penguins during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He would appear in nine games and score a goal and four assists on his way to winning his first Stanley Cup Championship.

Not currently signed with any team for the 2009-10 season, it looks as if his final NHL totals will show 1012 games played, 354 goals and 367 assists for 721 points as well as 38 points in 56 career playoff games.

Internationally, Satan has appeared for Slovakia in the World Championships on numerous occasions, including helping the newly formed nation climb the international ladder system (as Slovakia was relegated to the lower levels of the system while the Czech Republic remained at the top in Pool A after Czechoslovakia divided in two) by winning Pool C in 1994 (where he was named Best Forward), winning Pool B in 1995 and playing for Slovakia in the Top Division in 1996, earning a silver medal in 2000 (where he was again named Best Forward), capturing the gold in 2002, the bronze in 2003 and appearing in both 2004 and 2005, the last four times as team captain.

Additionally, he has played in the World Juniors in 1994, the World Cup of Hockey in 1996 and 2004, again as team captain, as well as the 1994 and 2006 Winter Olympics. He was also named to the 2002 team, but with the NHL not suspending play during the qualification rounds, Slovakia was eliminated before he was free to participate.

Today's featured jersey is a Nike 2005 Slovakian National Team Miroslav Satan jersey. It features the Slovakian Ice Hockey Federation patch, Satan's captain's "C" and a pair of our custom made Skoda sponsorship patches, from the loyal sponsor of the IIHF World Championships.

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Today's first featured videos are from the 2002 World Championships when the Slovakian National Team excited the nation by capturing the gold medal.

Here is a compilation of goals scored by Satan. Do not miss the first one, shot between his legs and behind his back. A real beauty.

Last up is Satan's 300th NHL goal, scored of a blazing one-timer.

Bonus link! Just this morning we received a message from a collector friend who was helping us identify the year an obscure jersey style was worn that contained a link to this excellent history of Slovakian National Team jerseys. There is also another page that details the history of Czechoslovakian National Team jerseys as well as other club teams. An excellent resource and an amazing find that can be used to identify the years other national team jerseys may have been worn by simply matching the branding and styles from 1985 on. We can only hope to find one of these for every country some day.

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