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Andrej Sustr is a Czech hockey player who began his career with the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2012-2013 season. His entry into the league, however, occurred in 2014-2015 with a strong performance in the Stanley Cup playoffs. During their dream run, Andrej solidified himself as one of his team’s most reliable defenseman.
Like many other European-born players, Sustr didn’t follow the usual path to the NHL. At the age of 16, he made the conscious decision to move from his home to Alaska in order to play hockey in a North American environment.