Michal Rozsíval

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Michal Rozsíval
Michal Rozsival.jpg
Born (1978-09-03) September 3, 1978 (age 35)
Vlašim, TCH
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Chicago Blackhawks
Pittsburgh Penguins
New York Rangers
Phoenix Coyotes
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 105th overall, 1996
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career 1995–present

Michal Rozsíval (Czech pronunciation: [ˈmɪxal ˈrossiːval]; born September 3, 1978) is a Czech professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He joined the team in 2012, previously playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins from 1999 until 2004, the New York Rangers from 2005 to 2011, and the Phoenix Coyotes in 2011–12.

Playing career[edit]

Rozsíval was drafted in the fourth round, 105th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. To adjust to North American play, he moved to Canada to play junior hockey with the Swift Current Broncos. Before making his debut with the Penguins, he played for the Syracuse Crunch in the American Hockey League (AHL). He made his NHL debut in the 1999–2000 season.

He came to the Rangers after the 2004–05 NHL lockout as a free agent.

On April 29, 2007, Rozsíval ended the Rangers' longest home playoff game since 1971 by blasting a shot past Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller at 16:43 of the second overtime period.

In the 2007-08 regular season, Rozsíval led all defensemen in shorthanded goals, with 2.[1]

On July 1, 2008, Rozsíval signed a four-year contract with the Rangers worth $20 million.[2]

On February 22, 2009, Rozsíval switched his jersey number to 33 when former Rangers' player Harry Howell had his number 3 retired.

On January 10, 2011, Rozsíval was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes for Wojtek Wolski.[3] He didn't record any points during the Coyotes' run to the 2012 Western Conference Finals. He was injured on a play just seconds before Dustin Penner's overtime series winner after a hit from Dustin Brown, and had to be assisted off the ice.

On September 11, 2012, Rozsíval was signed as a free agent by the Chicago Blackhawks on a one-year contract. The Blackhawks would win the Stanley Cup during the lockout shortened 2012-13 NHL season, defeating the Boston Bruins 3-2 in Game 6. In Game 1 of that series, Rozsíval shot a puck that deflected off Dave Bolland and Andrew Shaw into the net for the game-winning triple-overtime goal. Rozsíval was credited with an assist.

On July 5, 2013, Rozsíval signed a two year contract to remain with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996–97 Swift Current Broncos WHL 63 8 31 39 80 10 0 6 6 15
1997–98 Swift Current Broncos WHL 71 14 55 69 122 12 0 5 5 33
1998–99 Syracuse Crunch AHL 49 3 22 25 72
1999–00 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 75 4 17 21 48 2 0 0 0 4
2000–01 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 30 1 4 5 26
2000–01 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 29 8 8 16 32
2001–02 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 79 9 20 29 47
2002–03 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 53 4 6 10 40
2003–04 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 1 0 0 0 2
2004–05 Oceláři Třinec CZE 35 1 10 11 40
2004–05 Pardubice CZE 16 1 3 4 30 16 1 2 3 34
2005–06 New York Rangers NHL 82 5 25 30 90 4 0 1 1 8
2006–07 New York Rangers NHL 80 10 30 40 52 10 3 4 7 10
2007–08 New York Rangers NHL 80 13 25 38 80 10 1 5 6 10
2008–09 New York Rangers NHL 76 8 22 30 52 7 0 0 0 4
2009–10 New York Rangers NHL 82 3 20 23 78
2010–11 New York Rangers NHL 32 3 12 15 22
2010–11 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 33 3 3 6 20 4 0 0 0 2
2011–12 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 54 1 12 13 34 15 0 0 0 2
2012–13 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 27 0 12 12 14 23 0 4 4 16
2013–14 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 42 1 7 8 32 17 1 5 6 8
NHL totals 825 65 215 280 635 92 5 19 24 64

International[edit]

Michal Rozsíval 2014 Winter Olympics.jpg
Medal record
Competitor for  Czech Republic
World Championships
Gold 2010 Cologne
Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1996 Czech Republic EJC18 5 0 1 1 10
2008 Czech Republic WC 4 0 0 0 0
2010 Czech Republic WC 9 0 2 2 4
2014 Czech Republic OG 5 0 0 0 0
Junior totals 5 0 1 1 10
Senior totals 18 0 2 2 4

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NHL leaders in Shorthanded goals". hockeyreference.com. 2010-02-03. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  2. ^ "Michal Rozsival player profile". Capgeek.com. 2013-01-14. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  3. ^ "Rangers trade Michal Rozsival for Wojtek Wolski". New York Daily News. 2011-01-10. Retrieved 2011-01-10. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Martin St. Louis & Marek Malík
Co-winner of the NHL Plus/Minus Award
(with Wade Redden)

2006
Succeeded by
Thomas Vanek