Born February 1, 1986 (age 27) in Frýdlant v Čechách, Czechoslovakia
Defenseman for the Edmonton Oilers
I guess the best way to recover from last night’s game is to talk about one of the home team’s guys. Laddy played junior hockey with both HC Liberec Junior and a pro club named HC Bílí Tygři Liberec. When he was drafted by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (now the Anaheim Ducks) in 2004, he played one more season in the Czech Republic before heading across the pond to play with the Ducks AHL affiliate in Portland for the 2005-06 season.
In the summer of 2006 he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers with fellow MotD Joffrey Lupul for some guy named Chris Pronger (yeah, never heard of him). He made the team right out of training camp, and he spent his entire rookie season with the Oilers before playing for the Czech national team in the 2007 World Championships. The next season he didn’t make the team and was sent to the AHL’s Springfield Falcons, but then he was called back to Edmonton. They liked him so much they’ve kept him on the roster since then!
Well, maybe not all the time: in the 2008-09 season, the Oilers were trying to trade Laddy, Andrew Cogliano and Dustin Penner to the Ottawa Senators for Dany Heatley. But Dany didn’t want to waive his no-trade clause, and he backed down even after the Oilers tried to change his mind. The next season, Laddy showed his dedication (or maybe something else) when the team let everyone know that he had H1N1. Did he sit out any games? Nope! (Like I said, that’s either dedication or something else.) This season he signed an extension to stay in Edmonton for two years, guaranteeing he’ll stay in Oil Country.