Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Miroslav Satan
Satan comes from the tiny village of Jacovice. At 17, he was already lining up for nine games in the second Slovak league for the VTJ Topolcany hockey club. His admission into top-level hockey came with Dukla Trencin, one of the best Slovak clubs, in the last year of the old joint Czech-Slovak league.

As one of the eight Trencin hockey players who lined up for the now independent Slovakia's national team, he made the trip to the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer in February 1994. Also on the team was veteran Peter Stastny, a future member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, and Zigmund Palffy, who had chosen Trencin over a New York Islanders farm club and who was developing a reputation with his dangerous shooting.

Almost no one knew about the up-and-coming Satan. The Edmonton Oilers had drafted him one year before, but they showed about as much interest in their 111th picked player as would the public. Yet in the Olympics, Satan scored nine goals in eight games and quite unexpectedly became the best scorer of the tournament. However, after Czechoslovakia split up into the Czech Republic and Slovakia, the latter wasn't considered the Successor State and had to fight to regain its clout in international competition.

In the spring of 1994, during World Championship play within the C group, Satan was the best scorer on his team with seven goals in six games. The team progressed and a year later played in the B group. Satan again scored seven goals and took over top spot on the Slovak scoring charts. In 1996 he helped Slovakia to premiere among the elite in the competition, but the team came up empty-handed and represented the country at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey.

There wasn't much faith in him in North America. He played 14 games in the IHL for independent teams from Detroit and San Diego, scoring only one goal. However, during the 1994-95 season, he scored 25 goals in 24 games for Edmonton's AHL affiliate in Cape Breton, helping him push his way into the Edmonton lineup during training camp in the summer. Injuries and illness, however, hindered his play.

In March 1997 he was traded to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Barrie Moore and Craig Millar. In addition to a good nose for goals, his assets always included excellent physical conditioning and brilliant skating. In the Sabres jersey, his productivity increased. In the 1998-99 season, he reached the 40-goal mark and was the team's best scorer and was a key player in the Sabres run to later that spring to the Stanley Cup final against the Dallas Stars who would eventualy win the series in six games.

Over the next four seasons Satan continued to be an offensive leader for the Sabres and was named to Slovakia's 2002 Olympic Team, however, he was never able to suit up for his country, after they failed to qualify for round robin play. Following the disappointment of the Salt Lake City, Satan and his Slovak teammates didn't have to wait long to redeem themselves, capturing the gold medal at the 2002 World Championships.

Following a gold medal performance at the 2002 World Championships, Satan continued his strong play for the Sabres over the course of the next two seasons and returned to the Worlds in 2004. In the summer of 2005, Satan was acquired by the New York Islanders. In his first season as an Islander, Satan co-led the club in points with 66 and led the team in goals with 17. Over the next two seasons, Satan failed to match his stat totals from 2005-06 but managed to help the club sneak into the playoffs in 2006-07.

Following his lowest point producing season of his career, the Islanders opted not to resign the Slovakian. In the summer of 2008, the Pittsburgh Penguins signed the forward to a 1-year, $3.5 million contact, a move that would prove fortuitous for both Satan and the Penguins as the team would go on to win the Stanley Cup that June.

Throughout his career, Satan has been a foot soldier for the Slovaks' on the international stage, including; World Junior Championship (1994), Olympics (1994, 2002, 2006, 2010), World Cup (1996, 2004) and World Championship (1996, 2000, 2002-2005).

Though unable to find NHL work prior to the 2009-10 season, the year would not be a total write-off. He was named to represent Slovakia at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and on January 2, 2010, Satan signed a deal with the Boston Bruins for the remainder of the season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1991-92 Slovan OSCR Topolcany Jr. Czech-Jr. 31 30 22 52
1991-92 VTJ Topolcany Czech-2 9 2 1 3 6
1992-93 Dukla Trencin Czech 38 11 6 17
1993-94 Dukla Trencin Slovakia 30 32 16 48 16
1993-94 Slovakia WJC-C 4 6 7 13 4
1993-94 Slovakia Olympics 8 9 0 9 0
1993-94 Slovakia WC-C 6 7 1 8 18
1994-95 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 25 24 16 40 15
1994-95 Detroit Vipers IHL 8 1 3 4 4
1994-95 San Diego Gulls IHL 6 0 2 2 6
1994-95 Slovakia WC-B 7 7 6 13 4
1995-96 Edmonton Oilers NHL 62 18 17 35 22 0
1995-96 Slovakia WC-A 5 0 3 3 6
1996-97 Slovakia W-Cup 3 0 0 0 2
1996-97 Edmonton Oilers NHL 64 17 11 28 22 -4
1996-97 Buffalo Sabres NHL 12 8 2 10 4 +1 7 0 0 0 0
1997-98 Buffalo Sabres NHL 79 22 24 46 34 +2 14 5 4 9 4
1998-99 Buffalo Sabres NHL 81 40 26 66 44 +24 12 3 5 8 2
1999-00 Dukla Trencin Slovakia 3 2 8 10 2
1999-00 Buffalo Sabres NHL 81 33 34 67 32 +16 5 3 2 5 0
1999-00 Slovakia WC-A 9 10 2 12 14 +3
2000-01 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 29 33 62 36 +5 13 3 10 13 8
2001-02 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 37 36 73 33 +14
2001-02 Slovakia Olympics 2 0 1 1 0 +2
2001-02 Slovakia WC-A 9 5 8 13 2 +2
2002-03 Buffalo Sabres NHL 79 26 49 75 20 -3
2002-03 Slovakia WC-A 9 6 4 10 2 +2
2003-04 HC Slovan Bratislava Slovakia 7 6 4 10 41
2003-04 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 29 28 57 30 -15
2003-04 Slovakia WC-A 9 4 4 8 4 +4
2004-05 Slovakia W-Cup 4 0 0 0 4 -7
2004-05 HC Slovan Slovnaft Bratislava Slovakia 18 11 9 20 14 18 15 7 22 16
2004-05 Slovakia WC-A 7 2 2 4 8 -1
2005-06 New York Islanders NHL 82 35 31 66 54 -8
2005-06 Slovakia Olympics 6 0 2 2 2 +1
2006-07 New York Islanders NHL 81 27 32 59 46 -12 5 1 2 3 0
2006-07 Slovakia WC-A 7 1 7 8 4
2007-08 New York Islanders NHL 80 16 25 41 39 -11
2008-09 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 65 17 19 36 36 +3 17 1 5 6 11
2008-09 Wilkes-Barre Penguins AHL 10 3 6 9 4 +1
2009-10 Boston Bruins NHL 38 9 5 14 12 +8 13 5 5 10 16
2009-10 Slovakia Olympics 6 1 1 2 0 -2
2009-10 Slovakia WC-A 2 0 0 0 0 -1
2010-11 HC Slovan Bratislava Slovakia 10 10 6 16 22
2010-11 OHK Dynamo Moscow KHL 6 1 2 3 4 2 0 0 0 0
2010-11 Slovakia WC-A 6 3 2 5 4 +4
2011-12 HC Slovan Bratislava Slovakia 49 23 29 52 127 12 8 14 22 10
2011-12 Slovakia WC-A 10 4 2 6 4 0
2012-13 HC Slovan Bratislava KHL 21 7 5 12 22
2012-13 Slovakia WC-A 8 1 2 3 2 0
2013-14 HC Slovan Bratislava KHL 23 9 3 12 8 2 1 0 1 0
2013-14 Slovakia WC-A 7 1 2 3 4 +1
NHL Totals 1050 363 372 735 464 86 21 33 54 41


Named Best Forward at WC-C1 (1994)
WC-B All-Star Team (1995)
WJC-A All-Star Team (2000)
Named Best Forward at WC-A (2000) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2000, 2003)
Traded to Buffalo by Edmonton for Barrie Moore and Craig Millar, March 18, 1997. Signed as a free agent by Bratislava (Slovakia), December 29, 2004. Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, August 3, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, July 3, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Boston, January 3, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Bratislava (Slovakia), October 1, 2010. Officially announced his retirement, May 20, 2014.