When the puck drops at Mellon arena on Saturday night, it won't be the first time this historic event (Satan going up against "the Devil") has ever occurred as evidenced by a picture that our archivists here have unearthed. In fact, our crack team of researchers has discovered some other very rare and amazing photos as you will soon see, so read on.
But for Miroslav Satan (pronounced Shuh tan) it couldn't happen soon enough.
Miroslav Satan was born on October 22, 1974 in Jacovce, Czechoslovakia. He and wife Ingrid, pictured below have a son, Miroslav Jr., who was born in March, 2006.
Legendary Buffalo Jersey
A younger Satan (right) minus goatee with bare-chested "Dominator" Dominik Hasik. (left). Notice piercing eyes of both players.
His 35 goals during the 2005–06 season were his highest goal-output since the 2001–02 while with the Buffalo Sabres. Almost half of his goals came on the power play (17), also a career personal best. This is something that the Penguins will obviously try to exploit. He led the Islanders in goals in the 2005–06 season. Satan tied for the team lead in points with 66 (another coincidence?), shared with captain Alexei Yashin. Also in 2005–06, Satan went 7-for-10 (70%) and was third in the NHL in shooting percentage in the shootout. We can certainly also expect to see Satan serving in that capacity at times here.
On December 2, 2006, he scored his 300th career goal against (who else) the Pittsburgh Penguins! Earlier in that same season he had already recorded his 300th career assist and his 600th career point.
On July 3, 2008, Šatan signed a one year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins worth $3.5 million, thus saving the City of Pittsburgh from having to endure countless numbers of mass suicides after the team lost Hossa, Ryan Malone and several others at the end of last season.
But today Miroslav Satan stands ready to join the league's highest-powered offense (except when they're playing Detroit) and should prove to be a more than capable linemate for either the greatest player in the world, Sidney Crosby, or the second greatest player in the world Evgeni Malkin. Either way, Satan, once again, comes out the big winner.
(left) Feeble attempt by L.A. Kings to stop Satan. (above) Historic rare photo of Satan falling (Satan's first fall was never photographed).
(Above left) Only photographic evidence of Satan's signature. (Above right) Only known photo of Satan's agent. He wears only black suits and shirts, white ties and a black hat with a white sash. Rumored to have possible links to the underworld. Hard negotiator.
Satan has said that he literally jumped at the chance to play for the Pens and to pair up with such famous linemates as Crosby and Malkin. As for playing for a city such as Pittsburgh, he knows full well that the winter weather can oftentimes prove to be a considerable factor, but he smiles and says, "Never for me."
In any event, the matchup tonight looks to be Biblical in nature. Hopefully, the Pens will prevail against "The Devil" while, ironically employing one Miroslav Satan.