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Czeching out? - 7-14-09

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Slow summer days prompt posts like this.

A very astute poster at LetsGoPens.com pointed out the potential end of a fairly successful streak for the Penguins. Should the Penguins utlimately not retain the services of Petr Sykora (above) or sign any one else from his homeland, the team would be without a player of Czech descent on its roster for the first time in 19 years.

Every season since the Cup-winning 1990-91 campaign, the Penguins have employed someone who at one time maintained a Czech or Czechoslovakian zip code (or whatever numbering system they use to sort mail there).

It might seem like a trivial matter (which it probably is) but considering this franchise doubled as the Czech Republic's national team at times in the late 1990s, it's kind of sobering to see the numbers decline to this point.

A look at all the Czechs who have played for the Penguins since 1990-91:

Season
(No. of players)
Players Games
Played
Goals-
Assists-
Points
1990-91 (2)
Jiri Hrdina
Jaromir Jagr
37
80
6-14-20
27-30-57
1991-92 (2)
Jiri Hrdina
Jaromr Jagr
56
70
3-13-16
32-37-69
1992-93 (2) Jaromir Jagr
Martin Straka
81
42
34-60-94
3-13-16
1993-94 (2) Jaromir Jagr
Martin Straka
80
84
32-68-99
30-34-64
1994-95 (2) Jaromir Jagr
Martin Straka
48
31
32-38-70
4-12-16
1995-96 (2) Jaromir Jagr
Petr Nedved
82
80
62-87-149
45-54-99
1996-97 (4)
Josef Beranek
Petr Klima
Jaromir Jagr
Petr Nedved
8
9
63
74
3-1-4
1-3-4
47-48-95
33-38-71
1997-98 (4) Jaromir Jagr
Robert Lang
Jiri Slegr
Martin Straka
77
51
73
75
35-67-102
9-13-22
5-12-17
19-23-42
1998-99 (6)
Jan Hrdina
Jaromir Jagr
Robert Lang
Pavel Skrbek
Jiri Slegr
Martin Straka
82
81
72
4
63
80
13-29-42
44-83-127
21-23-44
0-0-0
3-20-23
35-48-83
1999-2000 (7)
Josef Beranek
Jan Hrdina
Jaromir Jagr
Robert Lang
Michal Rozsival
Jiri Slegr
Martin Straka
13
70
63
78
75
74
71
4-4-8
13-33-46
42-54-96
23-42-65
4-17-21
11-20-31
20-39-59
2000-01 (11)
Josef Beranek
Jan Hrdina
Jaromir Jagr
Milan Kraft
Frantisek Kucera
Robert Lang
Josef Melichar
Michael Rozsival
Roman Simicek
Jiri Slegr
Martin Straka
70
78
81
42
7
82
18
30
29
42
82
9-14-23
15-28-43
52-69-121
7-7-14
0-2-2
32-48-80
0-2-2
1-4-5
3-6-9
5-10-15
27-68-95
2001-02 (6)
Jan Hrdina
Milan Kraft
Robert Lang
Josef Melichar
Michal Rozsival
Martin Straka
79
68
62
60
79
13
24-33-57
8-8-16
18-32-50
0-3-3
9-20-29
5-4-9
2002-03 (7)
Jan Hrdina
Milan Kraft
Josef Melichar
Michal Rozsival
Michael Sivek
Martin Straka
Vladimir Vujtek
57
31
8
53
38
60
5
14-25-39
7-5-12
0-0-0
4-6-10
3-3-6
18-28-46
0-1-1
2003-04 (3)
Milan Kraft
Josef Melichar
Martin Straka
66
82
22
19-21-40
3-5-8
4-8-12
2005-06 (1)
Josef Melichar 70 1-11-12
2006-07 (1) Josef Melichar 72 3-12-15
2007-08 (1) Petr Sykora 81 28-35-63
2008-09 (1) Petr Sykora 81 25-21-46

(Photo: Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

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