Oilers sign Jan Hejda to one-year contract
Hejda, a 63", 209-pound native of Prague, Czech Republic, was obtained from the Sabres on July 10th in exchange for the Oilers 7th round pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
The 28-year-old defenceman has played his entire career to date in Europe with teams in both the Czech Extraleague and the Russian Superliga. Hejda spent the 2005-06 season in Russia with Mytishi Khimik, where he was teammates with former Oilers Ales Pisa and Valeri Zelepukin. He scored 3-12-15 in 50 games with 56 penalty minutes and added 2-3-5 with 24 PIM in nine playoff contests during his third season in the Russian Superliga.
A veteran of four world championship tournaments, Hejda has been a member of the Czech Republic national team from 2003 to 2006. He was a member of the gold medal winning team at the 2005 IIHF World Championship and helped his country win the silver medal at the 2006 tournament in Riga, Latvia.
Prior to the 2005-06 season, Hejda played two seasons with CSKA Moscow in 2003-04 and 2004-05. A six-year veteran of the Czech Extraleague, he made his debut with Slavia Praha HC as a 19-year-old in 1997-98. The 2002-03 season saw him help Slavia Praha win the Extraleague championship as he led all defencemen in playoff scoring with 5-8-13 in 17 games. Hejda scored 21-36-57 with 275 PIM in 243 career games in the Czech Extraleague.
Hejda has scored 27-64-91 with 416 PIM in 413 games during his nine seasons in Europe and has added 11-12-23 with 62 PIM in 46 playoff games.