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Name: Matt Stajan
Number: #14
Position: Center
Date of Birth: December 19, 1983
Birthplace: Mississauga,
Ontario,
Canada
Drafted: 57th overall
Toronto Maple Leafs
2002
Height: 6'1''
Weight: 200lbs
Hand: Left


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Matthew Stajan is a professional hockey player playing with the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League.

CareerEdit

Stajan attended St. Timothy's Elementary School and Iona Catholic Secondary School. As a young hockey player, Stajan played for such minor organizations as The Toronto Red Wings and Mississauga Senators. He is of a Slovenian decent, from Dolenjska.

Stajan was drafted 79th overall by the Belleville Bulls in the 2000 Ontario Hockey League priority selection. After scoring 33 goals and 52 assists with the Bulls, he was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft with the 57th overall selection. Stajan played one game in Toronto at the end of the junior campaign, in which he scored his first NHL goal on his first shot against the Ottawa Senators' goaltender Martin Prusek.

At the age of 20, Stajan was able to make the Maple Leafs' roster. In his first full NHL regular-season, he was selected to the NHL All-Star Young Stars team as a forward after Atlanta Thrashers' Garnet Exelby had to step out of the game due to an injury. Stajan had a goal and an assist in the game.

While the 2004-05 NHL season was canceled due to the lock-out, Stajan played for the St. John's Maple Leafs, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs. During the 2005-2006 season, Stajan tied Marian Hossa for first place in the NHL with eight shorthanded points (four goals, four assists). On September 13, 2006, the Leafs signed Stajan to a two-year contract worth $1.75 million. On July 7, 2008, Stajan re-signed again with the Maple Leafs, Signing a two-year, $3.5 million contract.

Stajan wears the uniform number of 14, which he selected in honour of his uncle Robert, who wore the number 14 for basketball before passing away from cancer at age 22. Maple Leafs legend Dave Keon, who played for the Maple Leafs during their last Stanley Cup victory in 1967, also wore 14. He distanced himself from the franchise during the Harold Ballard ownership era, and held a grudge because his number was never retired. Stajan has stated that if the Leafs wanted to retire the number, he would immediately surrender it.

Stajan is the Player Representative for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the National Hockey League Players' Association.

Stajan has represented Canada on an international level, as he was a member of Team Canada in the 2003 World Junior Championships.

Career StatisticsEdit

Year Gp G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
Regular Season Statistics
2002-2003 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 100.0
2003-2004 69 14 13 27 7 22 0 0 0 63 22.2
2004-2005 - - - - - - - - - - -
2005-2006 80 15 12 27 5 50 3 4 5 83 18.1
2006-2007 82 10 29 39 3 44 1 1 1 132 7.6
2007-2008 82 16 17 33 -11 47 2 1 3 127 12.6
2008-2009 See 2008-2009 Statistics for current season totals
TOTAL 314 56 71 127 5 163 6 6 9 406 13.8
*Did not play due to labor strike


Year Gp G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
Playoff Statistics
2003-2004 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0.0
TOTAL 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0.0




2008-2009 Toronto Maple Leafs Roster
Forwards Nik Antropov Jason Blake Mikhail Grabovski Niklas Hagman Ryan Hollweg
Nikolai Kulemin Brad May Jamal Mayers John Mitchell Dominic Moore
Alexei Ponikarovsky Matt Stajan Lee Stempniak Jeremy Williams
Defencemen Jeff Finger Jonas Frogren Tomas Kaberle Pavel Kubina Luke Schenn
Anton Stralman Mike Van Ryn Ian White
Goaltenders Curtis Joseph Vesa Toskala

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