Marek Židlický

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Marek Židlický
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Born (1977-02-03) February 3, 1977 (age 37)
Most, Czechoslovakia
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
New Jersey Devils
HC Kladno
Helsingin IFK
Nashville Predators
Minnesota Wild
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 176th overall, 2001
New York Rangers
Playing career 1994–present

Marek Židlický (Czech pronunciation: [ˈmarɛk ˈʒɪdlɪtskiː]; born February 3, 1977) is a Czech professional ice hockey player currently playing for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL). Marek was selected in the Sixth Round of the 2001 NHL Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Marek Židlický was selected 176th overall, in the sixth round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft on June 24, 2001. He was selected as the sixth choice of the New York Rangers.

Židlický had a very strong 2000–01 season with HIFK of the Finnish SM-liiga, ranking third on his team in assists (25) and tied for second on his team in points (37). He also led the league in points by a defenceman. This was enough for the Rangers to draft him in the NHL entry draft that next summer.

However, Židlický and the Rangers could never agree to contract terms. The major sticking point was that Židlický wanted a one-way contract which would pay him the same amount of money regardless of whether he was playing in the NHL or the American Hockey League (AHL). He wanted this contract because he was worried about the depth of the Rangers and did not want to spend too much time in the minor leagues. However, the Rangers would not agree to such a deal and only offered a two-way contract, one that would pay him at a lower rate if he played in the AHL. Because of these contract differences, Židlický opted to stay in Finland and continue playing for HIFK.

Židlický had two more very strong years for HIFK leading the team in points in 2001–02 with 40 points. The next season he tied for the team lead in points with 47.

Realizing that Židlický would not come to the United States to play without a one-way contract and unwilling to give him one, the Rangers traded him, along with Rem Murray and Tomáš Klouček, for Mike Dunham on December 12, 2002, to the Nashville Predators.

Židlický joined the Predators in Nashville for the 2003–04 NHL season, which proved to be a very successful season for Židlický. He recorded his first NHL point in his NHL debut on October 10, 2003, in a 3–1 win over the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. He scored his first NHL goal the next day in the second period of a 3–1 loss to the Dallas Stars. He became the first Predator to play all 82 games in his first season in the league (he was not considered a rookie because of his age).

Unfortunately for Židlický and Predators fans, he was injured when he was checked in the opening minutes of the first ever Nashville Predators playoff game against the Detroit Red Wings. He suffered a concussion and was unable to return for any more games in the playoff series.

During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Židlický returned to play for HIFK in Helsinki, Finland.

On May 8, 2006, it was announced that the Predators and Židlický had agreed on terms for a new four-year contract worth $13.5 million.[1]

On July 1, 2008, Židlický was traded to the Minnesota Wild for Ryan Jones and a second round draft pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.[2] During his second season with the Wild, Židlický was re-signed to a three-year contract extension on March 2, 2010.[3]

On February 24, 2012, Židlický was traded to the New Jersey Devils from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Kurtis Foster, Nick Palmieri, Stephane Veilleux, a Washington Capitals' 2nd round draft pick in 2012 and a conditional pick in 2013.

Later, in July 2013, Židlický was re-signed by the Devils.[4]

Records[edit]

  • Nashville Predators franchise record for assists in a game (5)
  • Nashville Predators franchise record for power play points in a season (35)

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1994–95 HC Kladno CZE 41 3 3 6 0
1995–96 HC Kladno CZE 37 4 5 9 74 7 1 1 2 8
1996–97 HC Kladno CZE 49 5 16 21 60 2 0 0 0 0
1997–98 HC Kladno CZE 51 2 13 15 121
1998–99 HC Kladno CZE 50 10 12 22 94
1999–00 HIFK SM-l 47 4 16 20 66 9 3 2 5 24
2000–01 HIFK SM-l 51 12 25 37 146 5 0 1 1 6
2001–02 HIFK SM-l 56 11 29 40 107
2002–03 HIFK SM-l 54 10 37 47 79 4 0 0 0 4
2003–04 Nashville Predators NHL 82 14 39 53 82 1 0 0 0 0
2004–05 HIFK SM-l 49 11 20 31 91 5 0 3 3 14
2005–06 Nashville Predators NHL 67 12 37 49 82 2 0 1 1 2
2006–07 Nashville Predators NHL 79 4 26 30 72 5 0 2 2 4
2007–08 Nashville Predators NHL 79 5 38 43 63 6 0 3 3 8
2008–09 Minnesota Wild NHL 76 12 30 42 76
2009–10 Minnesota Wild NHL 78 6 37 43 67
2010–11 Minnesota Wild NHL 46 7 17 24 30
2011–12 Minnesota Wild NHL 41 0 14 14 24
2011–12 New Jersey Devils NHL 22 2 6 8 10 24 1 8 9 22
2012–13 HC Kladno CZE 25 3 22 25 28
2012–13 New Jersey Devils NHL 48 4 15 19 38
2013–14 New Jersey Devils NHL 81 12 30 42 60
NHL totals 699 78 289 367 604 38 1 14 15 36

International[edit]

Medal record
Representing  Czech Republic
Olympic Games
Bronze 2006 Turin Ice hockey
World Championships
Gold 2005 Vienna Ice hockey
Bronze 2011 Bratislava Ice hockey
Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
1995 Czech Republic WJC 7 0 2 2 31
1996 Czech Republic WJC 7 0 5 5 12
2004 Czech Republic WCH 5 3 1 4 2
2005 Czech Republic WC 9 1 3 4 18
2006 Czech Republic OG 7 4 1 5 16
2007 Czech Republic WC 7 1 5 6 6
2008 Czech Republic WC 7 1 4 5 6
2009 Czech Republic WC 7 0 1 1 6
2010 Czech Republic OG 5 0 5 5 2
2011 Czech Republic WC 9 1 4 5 6
2013 Czech Republic WC 2 0 0 0 0
2014 Czech Republic OG 5 2 2 4 8
Junior int'l totals 14 0 7 7 43
Senior int'l totals 63 13 26 39 70

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Predators sign Zidlicky to new four year deal". ESPN. 2006-05-08. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  2. ^ "Wild acquire Zidlicky; sign Brunette to multi-year contract". ESPN. 2008-07-01. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  3. ^ "Zidlicky, Stoner sign extensions". ESPN. 2010-03-02. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  4. ^ "Devils acquire Zidlicky from Wild for three players, picks". The Sports Network. 2012-02-24. Retrieved 2012-02-25. 

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