|Born September 18, 1956 in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia. Peter Stastny starred for the Slovan Bratislava club from 1973-1980, scoring 139 goals in 242 league games and won the "Player of the Year" Award in 1980. Internationally, Stastny suited up for Czechoslovakia during the 1975 and 1976 World Junior Championship tournaments. From there, he lifted the Czechs to back to back gold medals at the 1976 and 1977 IIHF World Championships, and earned two silver medals at the 1978 and 1979 tournaments. He played in two Olympic Winter Games: 1980 in Lake Placid representing Czechoslovakia and in 1994 in Lillehammer for his native Slovakia. He finished his brilliant international career at the 1995 IIHF World Senior Championship Pool B in Bratislava. Stastny led the tournament in scoring, made the All Star team and earned the IIHF Best Forward honours as part of leading Slovakia to the title. During his international career, Stastny represented three different countries. As well as Czechoslovakia and Slovakia, Statsny was a member of the victorious Canadian team in the 1984 Canada Cup.
He began his NHL career with the Quebec Nordiques in 1980 after defecting from Czechoslovakia. In Stastny's 15 NHL seasons with the Nordiques, New Jersey Devils and St. Louis Blues, he scored 450 goals and added 789 assists in 977 regular season games. A six-time NHL All-Star and 1981 NHL Rookie of the Year recipient, Statsny was second in NHL scoring in the 1980s - surpassed only by Wayne Gretzky.