ATLANTA – The Atlanta Thrashers announced that they acquired Shane Hnidy, who played for the Florida Everblades in 2004-05, from the Nashville Predators for a fourth-round selection in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
One of 10 players who played all or most of their games in the National Hockey League in 2003-04 who played in the ECHL in 2004-05, Hnidy helped Florida advance to the Kelly Cup Finals with four assists in 17 postseason games and had five points (1g-4a) in 19 regular season games.
Hnidy began his professional career with Baton Rouge of the ECHL in 1996-97. The 28-year-old Hnidy scored 13 points (3g-10a) in 21 regular season games with Baton Rouge before being called up to Saint John of the American Hockey League where he scored 14 points (2g-12a) in 44 regular season games.
Selected in the seventh round (173rd overall) by Buffalo in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, Hnidy has 22 points (4g-18a) and 353 penalty minutes in 198 regular season NHL games and two points (1g-1a) and 18 penalty minutes in 19 NHL playoff games.