November 28, 1979 |
Uherské Hradiště, Czechoslovakia
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)|
Columbus Blue Jackets
BK Mlada Boleslav
|National team||Czech Republic|
|NHL Draft||184th overall, 2002
Columbus Blue Jackets
Coming through the Czech professional hockey ranks Balaštík was drafted as an overage player in the 6th round, 184th overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. After playing eight seasons (1997–2005) with HC Zlín in the Czech Extraliga, and part of one season (2002–03) with HPK in the Finnish SM-liiga; Balaštík started 2005 season with the Syracuse Crunch, the Blue Jackets' American Hockey League affiliate. He was quickly promoted to the big club, where he became somewhat of a shootout-specialist, going 6-for-9 for the season.
In his second season with the Blue Jackets and limited opportunity, on December 13, 2006, Balaštík was released and contracted by the Swedish Jönköping-based club HV71 in the Swedish elite league Elitserien. In HV71, Balaštík played with his fellow countryman Jan Hrdina, with whom he has played previously in Columbus Blue Jackets in NHL.
For 2007–08 he has rejoined HC Zlin in the Czech Republic and has played 5 of the past 6 seasons with the team, defecting to BK Mlada Boleslav for a single season in 2011–12.
- Named Best Forward in Czech Extraliga in 2004–05.
- Silver medal at the World Ice Hockey Championships in 2006.
- Most goals scored in Czech Extraliga in seasons 2003–04 and 2004–05.
- Most points in Czech Extraliga playoffs in season 2003–04.
- Most goals scored in Czech Extraliga playoffs in season 2003–04.
Regular season and playoffs
|2005–06||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||66||12||10||22||26||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||8||1||1||2||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||BK Mlada Boleslav||CZE||52||17||16||33||38||—||—||—||—||—|
|Men's ice hockey|
|Junior int'l totals||12||3||5||8||0|
|Senior int'l totals||23||5||2||7||8|
- Prague Post
- "Blue Jackets Loan Balaštík to HV71 of the Swedish Elite League". Columbus Blue Jackets. Retrieved 2007-08-22.
- "Balastik skating with Boleslav agrees to one year deal" (in Czech). BK Mlada Boleslav. 2011-06-09. Retrieved 2012-10-21.
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