Petr Sykora

Petr Sýkora (pronounced /pɪitɝ/ɹ̩ sɪkɔɹɑ/, born November 19, 1976 in Plzen, Czechoslovakia) is a professional ice hockey player, currently playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League. Before being drafted, Sykora spent several seasons in the Czechoslovak Extraliga and the IHL. As a Cleveland Lumberjack, Sykora became the youngest player ever to play in the IHL at 17 years and 71 days. In the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, Sykora was drafted in the first round, 18th overall, by the New Jersey Devils. Among that draft class, only Jarome Iginla has scored more points. Sykora began his NHL career in 1995-96 with New Jersey, posting 42 points in his rookie campaign, as well as being chosen as the NHL Rookie of the Month for December. In his fourth NHL season, his career would take off, recording a breakout 72 points, which still stands as the second highest total of his career. As part of the Devils' effective A-line, with Patrik Eliáš and Jason Arnott, he helped lead the team to a Stanley Cup in 2000. However, in Game 6, in Dallas, Sykora suffered an injury and ended up in the hospital. When the Devils won Game 6 to win the Stanley Cup, the head coach, Larry Robinson, wore
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