Thursday, April 21, 2005


Americans Pilfer Another Son of a Famous Hockey Player

Once upon a time, the bloody American's coaxed Brett Hull, son of Canadian Bobby Hull, into their fold and he went on to kill Canada in the 1996 World Cup.

The Yankees are at it again, as they've added Yan Stastny, son of Hall of Famer Slovakian Peter Stastny, to their roster for the World Hockey Championships.

Forward Yan Stastny, son of Hockey Hall of Fame player Peter Stastny, has been added to the U.S. roster for the upcoming world men's hockey championship.

Yan Stastny, 22, played the past two seasons for Neurnberg of the German Elite League. The five-foot-10, 189-pound forward had 24 goals and 30 assists in 54 games this season.
Like Brett, Yan was born in the USA and wasn't likely to find a roster spot with his native country. Yan won't have a Hall of Fame NHL career like Brett, but he's definitely making his father proud nontheless. Yan seems to have very little connection with Slovakia (even his name, Yan, isn't spelt the Slovak way), so this isn't really hurt the feeling of any Slovakian hockey fans.
Still, it just seems a little weird to me to see the kin of Peter the Great playing for the evil USA.

Little known fact people may forget: Peter Stastny once played for Team Canada! Peter played for Canada at the 1986 Canada Cup as he had defected from Czechoslovakia and couldn't play for them.

Once Slovakia gained independence, Peter returned to them and played for them in the 1994 Olympic Games.

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