Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Like father, like son

Today's read of the day comes from Eric Duhatschek, who writes about Colorado's Paul Stastny, the son of Hall of Famer Peter:
"He's got the hockey 'it,' " said Sakic, of Paul Stastny. "He's always in the right spot on the ice. Watch him play, he's real smart. He knows exactly where to be and what's going to happen. There are not a lot of kids that can do that.

"He obviously inherited that from his dad — because his dad had the same things."
It's a strange thing: 26 years later, the younger Stastny is suiting up in his rookie season for the same franchise his father played for, wearing the same number and playing the same position. Next to Wayne Gretzky, Peter was the NHL's top scoring player in the 1980s.

And given the elder Stastny's first game in North America was Duhatschek's first NHL assignment, the veteran writer was also feeling just a little nostalgic about the whole business over at Globe on Hockey yesterday.

Me? Well, I remember Peter Stastny as the older, injury-prone player who skated briefly for New Jersey and St. Louis. Even then, he had terrific vision and was simply a 'smart' player, something that can certainly be said for his son, who's on pace for about 65 points after being a mid-second-round pick in 2005.



At 4:18 p.m., November 29, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

P Stastny was the 2nd-highest NHL point-getter behind Gretzky in the 1980s. Unless I dreamed this, I believe that at one point he considered playing for Team Canada in international hockey. The story of how Marcel Aubut snuck Peter and Anton out of Czechoslovakia is better than most spy novels.

At 11:14 p.m., November 29, 2006, Anonymous Ken said...

Peter Stastny did play for Team Canada, in the 1984 Canada Cup.

That was the same tournament that Bryan Trottier switched to the U.S., having played for Canada in 1981.

And let's not overlook Yan Stastny, Peter's other son, who played a few games for the Oilers and the Bruins last year.

At 11:53 a.m., December 01, 2006, Blogger Doogie said...

Yeah, but Yan isn't exactly turning any heads in Beantown.

I thought it was cool he got to have #26. If the Avs wouldn't keep the Nords' old retired numbers -- which I still think is complete crap, since the Stars and Coyotes kept theirs -- the least they could do is give another Stastny a shot with it.


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