40 Marek Svatos
2005-2006 Tenth Season
Reebok(CCM) Airknit. Set 1. Neck tagging 54.
NHL-MGG No. C02722
The "New NHL" jerseys typically show less black marks than those of previous seasons, however this jersey from Svatos rookie year has a few nice wear features indicative of Svatos' "north-south" style of play. In particular is a nice array of marks and damage to the right shoulder (which may explain some of Svatos' tendency toward shoulder injuries. Although the body is relatively clean, the sleeves show some light burns. In addition, the left sleeve has a one-inch slice in the elbow area and the right sleeve has a series of black slash marks in the blue area of the forearm. The Meigray tag is sewn in the rear hem, and the jersey is accompanied by the NHL-MGG LOA. This season's jerseys are tagged "04-05" as the jerseys were prepped prior to the lockout—an additional tag has been sewn next to the set tag designating the jersey as having been worn in 05-06 instead.
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Marek Svatos was born July 17, 1982 in Kosice, Slovakia. The tenth pick, 227th overall selection of the Colorado Avalanche in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Svatos is a graduate of the WHL's Kootenay Ice.
An offensively gifted forward, Svatos played two seasons in Kootenay, helping the Ice capture the 2002 Memorial Cup title before making his professional debut in 2002-03. A member of Slovakia's World Junior Team in 2002, Svatos also skated for Slovakia's Under-18 Team in 99-2000 and was named the Top Junior Player in Slovakia that same year.
In 2002-03, Svatos made his professional debut with the AHL's Hershey Bears. Limited to a mere 30 games with Hershey due to a season-ending shoulder injury, the Kosice, Slovakia native returned to the ice in 2003-04 only to see his season shortened again. Svataos would play only a handful of regular season games due to a recurring shoulder injury which sidelined him until the 2004 playoffs.
Svatos represented Slovakia at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games held in Turin, Italy.
During the 2007-08 season Svatos suffered a torn ACL in a game against the Los Angeles Kings. At the time he was the leading goal-scorer on the Avalanche.
Injuries continued to plague Svatos in the years that followed, by the 2009-10 season he found himself finally healthy, but unable to return to his old form and was a healthy scratch on a number of occasions.
In 2010 Svatos left the NHL, signing a one-year deal with Avangard Omsk of the KHL.
On December 28, 2010 it appeared Svatos would return to the NHL as part of the St. Louis Blues franchise, but because he had begun the season in Europe, he would have to clear waivers to return to the NHL. He was claimed by the Nashville Predators and made his debut for the club on New Year's Eve 2010.
Born: June 17, 1982 - Kosice, Slovakia
5-9, 187 lbs. Shoots right
Selected by the Colorado Avalanche in round 7 (#227 overall) in the 2001 Entry Draft. Missed majority of 2002-03 due to shoulder injury, January 28, 2003. Missed majority of 2003-04 due to shoulder injury vs. St. Louis, October 12, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Omsk (KHL), September 24, 2010. Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, December 28, 2010. Claimed on waivers by Nashville from St. Louis, December 29, 2010. Claimed on waivers by Ottawa from Nashville, February 24, 2011. Missed remainder of 2010-11 and entire 2011-12 due to head injury vs. Toronto, April 2, 2011.
- WHL West Second All-Star Team (2002)