Jeff Zatkoff

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Jeff Zatkoff
Jeff Zatkoff 2013-11-02.JPG
Born (1987-06-09) June 9, 1987 (age 27)
Detroit, MI, USA
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 179 lb (81 kg; 12 st 11 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL Draft 74th overall, 2006
Los Angeles Kings
Playing career 2008–present

Jeff Zatkoff (born June 9, 1987) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender who currently plays with the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League. He signed a two-year contract with Pittsburgh on July 1, 2012 [1] and made his NHL debut on October 11, 2013.[2]

Personal[edit]

Jeff is the great nephew of Roger Zatkoff, who played in the National Football League for the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers. His father, Jeff, was drafted by the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association after playing collegiately at Eastern Michigan.

Playing career[edit]

With the Monarchs.

Zatkoff was drafted in the third round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, 74th overall, by the Los Angeles Kings after playing collegiately for the Miami University Redhawks. Jeff was named CCHA All-Conference Team honorable mention in 2006–07 as a sophomore. He was also named Rookie of the Year in 2005–06 as a freshman for the Redhawks, starting 20 games and helping lead the team to a regular-season CCHA Conference title.[3]

On April 10, 2008, Zatkoff signed a three-year entry level contract with the Los Angeles Kings. He was also signed to an Amateur Try-Out Agreement with the Ontario Reign on April 11, 2008. He made his professional debut with the Reign, appearing in 37 games during the 2008-09 season.[4] Zatkoff played for the Manchester Monarchs through the 2011–12 season.

Zatkoff signed a two-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins on July 1, 2012.[1] On March 28, 2013, Zatkoff was recalled by Pittsburgh to be a backup for Tomas Vokoun for a game against the Winnipeg Jets due to a neck injury suffered by Marc-Andre Fleury.[5] Vokoun played the entire game and Zatkoff was returned to Wilkes-Barre the following day when doctors cleared Fleury to return.[6] Zatkoff and teammate Brad Thiessen were awarded with the Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award at the conclusion of the 2012–13 AHL season. The Hap Holmes Award is given to the goaltender(s) who play at least 25 games for the team that allows the fewest goals against over the course of the season.[7]

Zatkoff was expected to spend the 2013-14 season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. However, a blood clot suffered by Vokoun meant that Zatkoff started the season backing up Pittsburgh starter Marc-André Fleury. On October 11, 2013, Zatkoff made his NHL debut, making 24 saves in a 6-3 loss to the Florida Panthers.[8] His first NHL victory was a 3-0 shutout of the Blue Jackets in Columbus on November 2, 2013.[9]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Bronze 2007 Sweden

Jeff represented the United States at the 2007 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, held in Sweden, where his team earned a bronze medal.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2004–05 Sioux City Musketeers USHL 24 13 6 3 1271 54 1 2.55 .914 2 0 0 67 10 0 8.88 .706
2005–06 Miami RedHawks CCHA 20 14 5 1 1217 41 3 2.02 .928
2006–07 Miami RedHawks CCHA 26 14 8 3 1542 58 1 2.26 .919
2007–08 Miami RedHawks CCHA 36 27 8 1 2161 62 3 1.72 .933
2008–09 Ontario Reign ECHL 37 17 15 3 2164 107 1 2.97 .915 7 3 3 418 26 0 3.73 .872
2008–09 Manchester Monarchs AHL 3 1 2 0 182 7 0 2.31 .918
2009–10 Manchester Monarchs AHL 22 10 9 0 1170 57 2 2.92 .915
2010–11 Manchester Monarchs AHL 45 20 17 5 2508 112 3 2.68 .911 5 1 3 253 16 0 3.80 .891
2011–12 Manchester Monarchs AHL 44 21 17 1 2431 101 3 2.49 .920 2 0 2 97 7 0 4.34 .865
2012–13 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 49 26 20 0 2799 90 5 1.93 .920 5 2 3 253 23 0 5.45 .838
2013–14 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 20 12 6 2 1171 51 1 2.61 .912 0 0 0 0 0 0
AHL totals 163 78 65 6 9091 367 13 2.42 .917 12 3 8 603 46 0 4.58 .865
NHL totals 20 12 6 2 1171 51 1 2.61 .912 0 0 0 0 0 0

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
College
All-CCHA Second Team 2007–08 [10]
CCHA All-Tournament Team 2008 [11]
AHL
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award 2013 [7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Penguins Sign Goaltender Jeff Zatkoff and Forward Riley Holzapfel". July 1, 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Shea-ved Ice: Give Zatkoff A Chance". October 12, 2013. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Zatkoff profile". muredhawks.cstv.com. 2010-01-02. Retrieved 2010-01-02. 
  4. ^ "Premier 'AA' Hockey League | Five debuts give ECHL 520 players to reach NHL". The Echl. Retrieved 2013-12-27. 
  5. ^ "Penguins Recall Goaltender Jeff Zatkoff". March 28, 2013. Retrieved April 22, 2013. 
  6. ^ News "Penguins Re-Assign Goaltender Jeff Zatkoff to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton". March 29, 2013. Retrieved April 22, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Penguins pair win Hap Holmes award". American Hockey League. 2013-04-01. Retrieved 2013-04-02. 
  8. ^ "For Penguins' Zatkoff, disappointing debut". Trib Total Media. 2013-10-11. Retrieved 2013-10-11. 
  9. ^ "Zatkoff wins 1st as Pens continue to roll". Trib Total Media. 2013-11-02. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  10. ^ "All-CCHA Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved 2013-07-27. 
  11. ^ "2012-13 CCHA Media Guide". ISSUU.com. Retrieved 2014-04-23. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
David Brown
CCHA Best Goaltender
2007–08
Succeeded by
Chad Johnson