Zbyněk Michálek

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Zbyněk Michálek
Zbynek Michalek 2012-02-11.JPG
Born (1982-12-23) December 23, 1982 (age 32)
Jindřichův Hradec,
Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
St. Louis Blues
Minnesota Wild
Arizona Coyotes
Pittsburgh Penguins
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2002–present

Zbyněk Michálek (Czech pronunciation: [ˈzbɪɲɛk ˈmɪxaːlɛk], born December 23, 1982) is a Czech professional ice hockey player. Michalek is currently a member of the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has also played for the Minnesota Wild, Arizona Coyotes, and Pittsburgh Penguins of the NHL. He is the older brother of Ottawa Senators winger Milan Michálek.

Playing career[edit]

Zbyněk Michálek, October 2011.

Michálek played two seasons of junior ice hockey for Shawinigan Cataractes of the QMJHL. He was not drafted in the NHL Entry Draft, but began playing professional hockey in 2002 with the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League, winning a Calder Cup championship with the Aeros in 2003. He made his NHL debut during the 2003–04 season with the Minnesota Wild, the Aeros NHL affiliate. In 2005, Michálek was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes for Erik Westrum and Dustin Wood. He played five seasons for Phoenix, leading the league in blocked shots during the 2008–09 season. His excellent play continued into 2010 as he helped the Coyotes earn a playoff berth for the first time since 2002.[1]

However, he was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2010. In anticipation, he was described as "The Defenseman Every Team Wants" by AOL Fanhouse, due to his strong defensive skills, durability and shot-blocking.[2] On July 1, 2010, Michálek signed a 5-year, $20 million contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.[3]

Michalek scored his first goal for the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on March 8, 2011.[4]

As of Draft Day 2012, he was traded back to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Harrison Ruopp, goaltender Marc Cheverie and a 2012 third-round draft pick (81st overall).[5]

Michalek played two further seasons in the Coyotes organization, until during the 2014–15 campaign he was traded at the deadline, despite recovering from a concussion, to the St. Louis Blues with a conditional third-round pick in exchange for prospect Maxim Letunov on March 2, 2015.[6]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for Czech Republic Czech Republic
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2006 Riga
Bronze medal – third place 2011 Bratislava

Michálek played on the 2010 Czech Republic Olympic Hockey Team along with his brother Milan. He was also selected to represent the Czech Republic at the 2011 IIHF World Championship where he won bronze alongside his brother.

Personal life[edit]

Michálek is married to Helena (born in 1979 in Bosnia and Herzegovina) and has one son, Andreas,[7] who was born June 23, 2009.[8] Their daughter, Ella, was born April 30, 2012.[9] His younger brother Milan plays for the Ottawa Senators.

Career statistics[edit]

Zbyněk Michálek, April 2011.

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 Shawinigan Cataractes QMJHL 69 10 29 39 52 3 0 0 0 0
2001–02 Shawinigan Cataractes QMJHL 68 16 35 51 54 10 8 7 15 10
2002–03 Houston Aeros AHL 62 4 10 14 26 23 1 1 2 6
2003–04 Houston Aeros AHL 55 5 16 21 32 2 1 0 1 0
2003–04 Minnesota Wild NHL 22 1 1 2 4
2004–05 Houston Aeros AHL 76 7 17 24 48 5 1 2 3 4
2005–06 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 82 9 15 24 62
2006–07 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 82 4 24 28 34
2007–08 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 75 4 13 17 34
2008–09 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 82 6 21 27 28
2009–10 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 72 3 14 17 30 7 0 2 2 2
2010–11 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 73 5 14 19 30 7 0 1 1 0
2011–12 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 62 2 11 13 24 6 0 1 1 2
2012–13 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 34 0 2 2 14
2013–14 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 59 2 8 10 24
2014–15 Arizona Coyotes NHL 53 2 6 8 12
2014–15 St. Louis Blues NHL 15 2 2 4 6 6 0 0 0 4
NHL totals 711 40 131 171 302 26 0 4 4 6

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2006 Czech Republic WC 2nd 9 3 0 3 6
2007 Czech Republic WC 7th 7 0 1 1 4
2008 Czech Republic WC 5th 7 0 0 0 6
2010 Czech Republic OG 7th 5 0 0 0 2
2011 Czech Republic WC 3rd 8 0 1 1 6
2013 Czech Republic WC 7th 8 3 1 4 2
2014 Czech Republic OG 6th 5 0 1 1 2
Senior totals 49 6 4 10 28

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Coyotes reach 100-point mark by routing Avs". nhl.com. 2010-03-27. 
  2. ^ "Zbynek Michalek: The Defenseman Every Team Wants". nhl.fanhouse.com. 2010-06-30. 
  3. ^ Molinari, Dave (1 July 2010). "Penguins sign Phoenix defenseman Michalek". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  4. ^ "Aftermath: Penguins 3, Sabres 1". Pittsburgh Penguins Official Website. 8 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "Penguins trade Michalek back to Coyotes for Ruopp, pick". The Sports Network. 2012-06-22. Retrieved 2012-06-22. 
  6. ^ "Michalek acquired by Blues despite concussion". Yahoo! Sports. 2015-03-02. Retrieved 2015-03-02. 
  7. ^ "Pittsburgh Penguins Media Guide" (PDF). Pittsburgh Penguins. 2011-10-18. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  8. ^ "Michalek leads way in blocked shots". National Hockey League. 2009-09-05. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 
  9. ^ "Michalek welcomes new arrival" (in Czech). tv.nova.cz. 2012-04-30. Retrieved 2012-04-30. 

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