December 23, 1982 |
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)|
|St. Louis Blues
|National team||Czech Republic|
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.
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.
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. On July 1, 2010, Michálek signed a 5 year, $20 million contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
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.
|Competitor for Czech Republic|
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.
Michálek is married to Helena (born in 1979 in Bosnia and Herzegovina) and has one son, Andreas, who was born June 23, 2009. Their daughter, Ella, was born April 30, 2012. His younger brother Milan plays for the Ottawa Senators.
Regular season and playoffs
- "Coyotes reach 100-point mark by routing Avs". nhl.com. 2010-03-27.
- "Zbynek Michalek: The Defenseman Every Team Wants". nhl.fanhouse.com. 2010-06-30.
- Molinari, Dave (1 July 2010). "Penguins sign Phoenix defenseman Michalek". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
- "Aftermath: Penguins 3, Sabres 1". Pittsburgh Penguins Official Website. 8 March 2011.
- "Penguins trade Michalek back to Coyotes for Ruopp, pick". The Sports Network. 2012-06-22. Retrieved 2012-06-22.
- "Michalek acquired by Blues despite concussion". Yahoo! Sports. 2015-03-02. Retrieved 2015-03-02.
- "Pittsburgh Penguins Media Guide". Pittsburgh Penguins. 2011-10-18. Retrieved 2012-12-02.
- "Michalek leads way in blocked shots". National Hockey League. 2009-09-05. Retrieved 2009-09-05.
- "Michalek welcomes new arrival" (in Czech). tv.nova.cz. 2012-04-30. Retrieved 2012-04-30.