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Peter Stastny

Born:September 18, 1956Draft:Undrafted
Hometown:Bratislava, CzechoslovakiaPosition:C
Known For:Nickname “Peter the Great”Shoots:Left
National Team:Czechoslovakia, Canada, Slovakia

Peter Šťastný (born 18 September 1956), also known colloquially as “Peter the Great” and “Stosh”, is a Slovakian-Canadian former professional hockey player who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1980 to 1995. Šťastný is the second-highest scorer of the 1980s, after Wayne Gretzky. During his time with the Quebec Nordiques, Šťastný became a Canadian citizen. From 2004 to 2014, he served as a Member of the European Parliament for Slovakia. During his NHL career, he played with the Quebec Nordiques, New Jersey Devils, and St. Louis Blues.

He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1998 and ranks 34th all time in NHL points (and second overall for players born in Slovakia). In 2017, Šťastný was named one of the ‘100 Greatest NHL Players’ in history. He is the father of current Winnipeg Jets forward Paul Stastny.

Peter Stastny of the Quebec Nordiques
Slovakian-born professional ice hockey player Peter Stastny of the Quebec Nordiques skates on the ice during a road game, Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey, January 1988. Stastny played for Quebec from 1980 to 1990. (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images)

Peter Stastny Statistics

Trade Tracker

DateTraded FromTraded ToTraded For
March 6, 1990Quebec Nordiques logoNew Jersey DevilsRandy Velischek
Craig Wolanin

Deeper Dive


  • IIHF World Championships Gold Medal — 1976, 1977
  • IIHF World Championships Silver Medal — 1978, 1979
  • Canada Cup Silver Medal — 1976
  • Canada Cup Gold Medal — 1984 (playing for Canada)
  • Named Best Forward at IIHF World Championships — 1995 (playing for Slovakia)
  • Calder Memorial Trophy — 1980
  • NHL All-Star Game — 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1988
  • Inducted Into Hockey Hall of Fame — 1998
  • Inducted into IIHF Hall of Fame — 2000
  • Inducted into Czech Hockey Hall of Fame — 2010