Peter Stastny (born September 18, 1956), also known colloquially as 'Peter the Great' and 'Stosh', is a retired Slovak professional ice hockey player who played in the NHL. During his time with the Quebec Nordiques, Stastny became a Canadian citizen. Peter Stastny was a prolific scorer in the NHL in the 1980s. He started his career in the NHL with the Quebec Nordiques in 1980 and was traded in 1989 to the New Jersey Devils.
Peter Stastny and his brother Anton, had defected to Canada to play with the Quebec Nordiques, it represented a watershed moment in professional hockey as one of the first major stars of Eastern bloc hockey to join the NHL. According to Peter Stastny, his defection 'was the best decision I ever made. It has given my family the choices and options that people behind the Iron Curtain could only dream of. Then, to play pro hockey with my two brothers was like icing on the cake.' Peter Stastny shares NHL record for assists by a rookie (70) with Joé Juneau. Peter Stastny was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1998.
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