Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Petr Nedved
Petr Nedved was born on December 9, 1971, in Liberec, but his hockey development took place in Litvinov, where his father, Jaroslav, had played in the league for eight years. This town of only 30,000 inhabitants raised the most Czech players ever to go on and succeed in the NHL. Ivan Hlinka, Jiri Bubla, Petr Svoboda, Petr Klima, Vladimir Ruzicka, Robert Reichel, Jiri Slegr and others, including Petr Nedved, grew up there. Nedved, however, was the only one not to play for the local senior team.

The second overall pick of the Vancouver Canucks in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft, Nedved played one season in the WHL with the Seattle Thunderbirds after defecting from his Midget team at the Mac's Midget Tournament in Calgary.

Nedved went on to play three seasons with the Canucks and soon after got his Canadian citizenship and decided to play for Canada's national team in 1993-94 after a contract dispute with Vancouver prolonged in to the beginning of regular season.

At the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer, he and Paul Kariya were the bedrock of the team and they won a silver medal, which was more than any of his Czech contemporaries could boast at the time.

He finished the season in St. Louis and missed the Stanley Cup finals in 1994 while Vancouver was moving on. He then headed for the New York Rangers. After one year with the Rangers he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Offensive hockey always suited Nedved because he could make use of his strong skating ability and his broad perspective of the game, talents very much suited to the Penguins. The greater freedom was good for Nedved. He spent a great season, 1995-96, with the Penguins, scoring 45 goals and collecting 99 points. In the 80th minute of overtime in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals game against Washington, Nedved settled the outcome of one of the longest games in NHL history.

As a foreigner, he wasn't allowed to play for the Czech Republic in any of the competitions organized by the IIHF. But this didn't apply to the World Cup of Hockey, which fell under the rule of the NHL.

Due to a contract dispute with Pittsburgh, Nedved didn't play in the NHL for over a year. He opened his 1997-98 season with Sparta Prague, where he also met his older brother, defenseman Jaroslav Nedved while also seeing action with the IHL's Las Vegas Thunder. His stay in the Czech Extraleague, however, was limited to four games. When the NHL started its season, the rules didn't allow him to play in other high-level competition.

In the 1993 playoffs, Vancouver encountered the Los Angeles Kings, who at the time were led by Wayne Gretzky. After being eliminated, Nedved approached his greatest idol to get a hockey stick and the media turned it into big news. At the time, however, the lanky center had no way of knowing that he would eventually be on the same team with number 99 during his last season. Once again the New York Rangers lent a helping hand.

Nedved returned to Manhattan at the end of November 1998. In spite of the long layoff, he did well, maybe because coach John Muckler placed him at the center of the team's offense, which suited Nedved the best. The next year, Muckler created a Czech lineup featuring Nedved, Jan Hlavac and Radek Dvorak, who had come from Florida.

One of the more durable players since his arrival in New York, Nedved has rarely missed any game action and has posted three consecutive 20-plus goal seasons and seven straight overall. However, during the 2003-04 season the Rangers struggled and Nedved was subsequently dealt to the Edmonton Oilers in the latter stages of the season. Upon his arrival with the Oilers, Nedved, went on to register 15 points (5-10-15) in 16 games before signing as a free-agent with the upstart Phoenix Coyotes in the summer of 2004.

Following a lock out year in 2004-05, Nedved struggled with the Coyotes in 2005-06 and was subsequently dealt to the Philadelphia Flyers just prior to the Olympic break. As a Flyer, he improved somewhat and recorded 14 points in 28 games.

The following season started poorly for Nedved and he was placed on waivers by the Flyers after only 21 games. The Edmonton Oilers signed the veteran Czech, hoping they could help rekindle the offence in his game. However, through 19 games with the Oilers he managed only 1 goal, 4 assists for 5 points.

In the summer of 2007, Nedved signed as a free agent with Sparta Praha in the Czech League.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1988-89 CHZ Litvinov Jr. Czech-Jr. 20 32 19 51 12
1989-90 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 71 65 80 145 80 11 4 9 13 2
1990-91 Vancouver Canucks NHL 61 10 6 16 20 -21 6 0 1 1 0
1991-92 Vancouver Canucks NHL 77 15 22 37 36 -3 10 1 4 5 16
1992-93 Vancouver Canucks NHL 84 38 33 71 96 +20 12 2 3 5 2
1993-94 Canada Nat-Tm 17 19 12 31 16
1993-94 Canada Olympics 8 5 1 6 6
1993-94 St. Louis Blues NHL 19 6 14 20 8 +2 4 0 1 1 4
1994-95 New York Rangers NHL 46 11 12 23 26 -1 10 3 2 5 6
1995-96 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 80 45 54 99 68 +37 18 10 10 20 16
1996-97 Czech Republic W-Cup 3 0 1 1 8
1996-97 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 74 33 38 71 66 -2 5 1 2 3 12
1997-98 Stadion Liberec CzRep-2 2 0 3 3
1997-98 TJ Novy Jicin CzRep-3 7 9 16 25
1997-98 HC Sparta Praha CzRep 5 2 3 5 8 6 0 2 2 52
1997-98 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 3 3 3 6 4 -4
1998-99 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 13 8 10 18 32 +6
1998-99 New York Rangers NHL 56 20 27 47 50 -6
1999-00 New York Rangers NHL 76 24 44 68 40 +2
2000-01 New York Rangers NHL 79 32 46 78 54 +10
2001-02 HC Bili Tygri Liberec CzRep-2 1 3 0 3 2
2001-02 New York Rangers NHL 78 21 25 46 36 -8
2002-03 New York Rangers NHL 78 27 31 58 64 -4
2003-04 New York Rangers NHL 65 14 17 31 42 -9
2003-04 Edmonton Oilers NHL 16 5 10 15 4 +1
2004-05 HC Sparta Praha CzRep 46 22 13 35 44 5 2 3 5 10
2005-06 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 25 2 9 11 34 -6
2005-06 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 28 5 9 14 36 -8 6 2 0 2 8
2006-07 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 21 1 6 7 18 -20
2006-07 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 14 4 7 11 10 -8
2006-07 Edmonton Oilers NHL 19 1 4 5 10 -5
2007-08 HC Sparta Praha CzRep 45 20 5 25 98 4 0 1 1 20
2008-09 HC Bili Tygri Liberec CzRep 33 14 14 28 72 3 0 1 1 6
2009-10 HC Bili Tygri Liberec CzRep 35 15 20 35 94 15 8 9 17 16
2010-11 HC Bili Tygri Liberec CzRep 45 14 41 55 74 7 7 3 10 12
2011-12 HC Bili Tygri Liberec CzRep 49 24 37 61 64 11 6 7 13 34
2011-12 Czech Republic WC-A 9 3 2 5 2 0
2012-13 HC Bili Tygri Liberec CzRep 54 24 37 61 165
2012-13 HC Bili Tygri Liberec CzRep-Q 12 3 7 10 18
NHL Totals 982 310 407 717 708 71 19 23 42 64


WHL Rookie of the Year (1990)
Canadian Major Junior Rookie of the Year (1990)
Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, March 5, 1994. Traded to NY Rangers by St. Louis for Esa Tikkanen and Doug Lidster, July 24, 1994. Traded to Pittsburgh by NY Rangers with Sergei Zubov for Luc Robitaille and Ulf Samuelsson, August 31, 1995. Traded to NY Rangers by Pittsburgh with Chris Tamer and Sean Pronger for Alex Kovalev and Harry York, November 25, 1998. Traded to Edmonton by NY Rangers with Jussi Markkanen for Steve Valiquette, Dwight Helminen and Edmonton's 2nd round compensatory choice (Dane Byers) in 2004 Entry Draft, March 3, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Phoenix, August 26, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Sparta Praha (CzRep), September 17, 2004. Traded to Philadelphia by Phoenix with Phoenix's 4th round choice (Joonas Lehtivuori) in 2006 Entry Draft for Dennis Seidenberg and Philadelphia's 4th round choice (later traded to NY Islanders - NY Islanders selected Tomas Marcinko) in 2006 Entry Draft, January 20, 2006. Claimed on waivers by Edmonton from Philadelphia, January 2, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Sparta Praha (CzRep), July 19, 2007.