December 7, 1984 |
Jindřichův Hradec, Czechoslovakia
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||225 lb (102 kg; 16 st 1 lb)|
San Jose Sharks
|National team||Czech Republic|
|NHL Draft||6th overall, 2003
San Jose Sharks
Milan Michálek (//; Czech pronunciation: [ˈmɪlan ˈmɪxaːlɛk]; born December 7, 1984) is a Czech professional ice hockey player currently playing left wing for the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted sixth overall by the San Jose Sharks in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. His older brother Zbyněk is a defenseman who plays for the Phoenix Coyotes.
Michálek scored a goal in his first NHL game before suffering a serious knee injury the next game on October 11, 2003, tearing his right ACL. After knee surgery, Michálek played in the American Hockey League (AHL) before injuring his knee again on January 22. During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Michálek did not play anywhere, spending the time rehabilitating his knee.
Michálek played his first full season with the Sharks in 2005–06, scoring 17 goals and 35 points and earning the San Jose Sharks' PlayStation Rookie of the Year award. In the 2006–07 season, Michálek emerged as a speedy, multidimensional player and an offensive threat, scoring 26 goals and 66 points. During the following offseason, Michálek signed a six-year, $26 million contract extension through 2014 while still having one year left on his original rookie contract. It was the longest and most lucrative contract ever signed by a Sharks player. In 2007–08, Michálek played primarily on the Sharks' top line with Joe Thornton. Michálek's production dipped to 24 goals and 55 points, but due to the Sharks' overall offensive struggles, he was still second on the team to Thornton in goals and points.
On September 12, 2009, Michálek was traded by the Sharks along with Jonathan Cheechoo and a second round pick in 2010 to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for forward Dany Heatley and a fifth round draft pick in 2010.
With the Senators, Michálek scored his first career NHL hat-trick against the Tampa Bay Lightning on October 15, 2009; two shorthanded and one on the powerplay. On December 1, he scored two goals against his former team in a 5–2 loss in San Jose.
Michalek suffered a concussion after colliding with teammate Erik Karlsson on December 13, 2011, causing him to miss five games. At the time of the injury, he was leading the NHL in goals with 19. He was later selected in fan balloting as a starter in the 2011-12 NHL All-Star Game and finished the season with a career high 35 goals.
|Competitor for Czech Republic|
|World U18 Championships|
Michalek played on the 2010 Czech Republic Olympic hockey team along with his brother. He played in 5 games and scored 2 goals in those Olympics.
|2000–01||HC České Budějovice||CZE||5||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001–02||HC České Budějovice||CZE||47||6||11||17||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||HC České Budějovice||CZE||46||3||5||8||14||4||1||0||1||2|
|2003–04||San Jose Sharks||NHL||2||1||0||1||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||San Jose Sharks||NHL||81||17||18||35||45||9||1||4||5||8|
|2006–07||San Jose Sharks||NHL||78||26||40||66||36||11||4||2||6||4|
|2007–08||San Jose Sharks||NHL||79||24||31||55||47||13||4||0||4||4|
|2008–09||San Jose Sharks||NHL||77||23||34||57||52||6||1||0||1||2|
|2012–13||HC České Budějovice||CZE||21||13||11||24||26||—||—||—||—||—|
- "Heatley shipped to Sharks". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2009-09-12. Retrieved 2009-09-12.
- "Michalek nets three as Senators rout Lightning 7-1". Ottawa Citizen. 2009-10-14. Retrieved 2009-10-16.
- http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=383518 MICHALEK WILL RETURN TO SENATORS' LINEUP TUESDAY AGAINST HABS
- http://www.torontosun.com/2012/01/03/sens-michalek-looks-to-regain-scoring-touch Sens' Michalek looks to regain scoring touch
- Milan Michálek's career statistics at EliteProspects.com
- Milan Michálek's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
|San Jose Sharks first round draft pick