Zubrus in 2014
June 16, 1978|
Elektrėnai, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
|Height||6 ft 5 in (196 cm)|
|Weight||225 lb (102 kg; 16 st 1 lb)|
|Position||Right Wing / Centre|
New Jersey Devils
San Jose Sharks
15th overall, 1996|
Dainius Gintas Zubrus (born June 16, 1978) is a Lithuanian former professional ice hockey right winger and centre who played in the National Hockey League (NHL), the first Lithuanian to have played 1,000 games in the NHL. Drafted 15th overall in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers, Zubrus played for the Flyers, Montreal Canadiens, Washington Capitals, Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils and San Jose Sharks.
In the summer of 1989, Zubrus moved to Kharkiv, Soviet Union, to train under Ivan Pravilov on the Druzhba-78 squad, where he played until the end of 1995. As a youth, he played in the 1992 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with them.
The Philadelphia Flyers selected Zubrus 15th overall in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft from the Caledon Canadians of the Metro Junior A Hockey League, making him the highest drafted Tier II Junior "A" player since the inception of the Canadian Junior A Hockey League in 1993 (a record later surpassed when Kyle Turris was selected third at 2007 NHL Entry Draft). Prior to being traded to Caledon, Zubrus played for the Pembroke Lumber Kings of the Central Junior A Hockey League.
Zubrus made his NHL debut on October 5, 1996, scoring a goal against the Florida Panthers. In his rookie season, he helped the Flyers reach the 1997 Stanley Cup Finals. The Flyers traded him to the Montreal Canadiens on March 10, 1998, along with a pair of draft picks, in exchange for Mark Recchi. He registered his first career hat-trick on October 14, 2000, against the Chicago Blackhawks, and was traded to the Washington Capitals (along with Trevor Linden) in exchange for Richard Zedník and Jan Bulis on March 13, 2001.
During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Zubrus decided to play abroad with Capitals teammate Alexander Semin. He played 42 regular season games for Lada Togliatti, recording 8 goals and 11 assists for 19 points. He also appeared in ten playoff games while in the former Russian Superleague (RSL), scoring three goals and one assist.
Zubrus returned to the Capitals the following 2005–06 season and recorded a career-high 57 points playing alongside star rookie Alexander Ovechkin. In the 2006–07 season, Zubrus continued his impressive form, posting 52 points in 60 games before he was traded on February 27, 2007, to the Buffalo Sabres (along with Timo Helbling) in exchange for Jiří Novotný and a first round-draft pick.
On November 23, 2008, Zubrus had one of the best offensive games in Devils history. Zubrus tied a team record with four goals to help New Jersey win its season-high fourth straight game, 7–3 over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Four years later, Zubrus got to his second Stanley Cup decision, losing the 2012 finals to the Los Angeles Kings.
On October 27, 2015, it was announced Zubrus was invited to Professional Tryout (PTO) with the St. Louis Blues. On November 6, 2015, Zubrus was released from his Professional Tryout after the Blues opted instead to sign Martin Havlát to a one-year contract.
On November 16, 2015, Zubrus was invited to a professional tryout by the San Jose Sharks. Eight days later, he signed a contract with the Sharks, reuniting with former Devils head coach Peter DeBoer. With San Jose, Zubrus reached his third Stanley Cup final, which the Sharks lost. He retired during the off-season.
Originally, Zubrus had suited up for the Russia national team during the World Cup of Hockey in 2004. But since then, he has played internationally for Lithuania, most notably in the 2005 World Championships. He had told the press, "Lithuania needs me more than Russia". Because of the existence of the Soviet Union, players born during its time as a nation were able to choose to play for any of the newly formed countries after the breakup, and even considered representing Ukraine due to his training there.
Zubrus is married to Canadian model Nathalie Sanschagrin. They have a son, Tomas, and a daughter, Emma.
Regular season and playoffs
|1995–96||Pembroke Lumber Kings||CJHL||28||19||13||32||73||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||New Jersey Devils||NHL||82||13||25||38||38||5||0||1||1||8|
|2008–09||New Jersey Devils||NHL||82||15||25||40||69||7||0||1||1||10|
|2009–10||New Jersey Devils||NHL||51||10||17||27||28||5||1||0||1||8|
|2010–11||New Jersey Devils||NHL||79||13||17||30||53||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||New Jersey Devils||NHL||82||17||27||44||34||24||3||7||10||18|
|2012–13||New Jersey Devils||NHL||22||2||7||9||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013–14||New Jersey Devils||NHL||82||13||13||26||46||—||—||—||—||—|
|2014–15||New Jersey Devils||NHL||74||4||6||10||42||—||—||—||—||—|
|2015–16||San Jose Sharks||NHL||50||3||4||7||20||14||1||1||2||6|
|Tier I senior totals||4||2||1||3||4|
|Tier II senior totals||14||5||14||19||8|
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- "Paskelbtas ledo ritulio rinktinės kandidatų sąrašas: yra ir Dainius Zubrus". lrytas.lt (in Lithuanian). February 28, 2017. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
- "L'ancien Canadien Dainius Zubrus n'écarte pas un retour à Montréal". LNH.com (in French). March 2, 2007. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
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- Q & A with Dainius Zubrus at The Hockey Writers
|Awards and achievements|
| Philadelphia Flyers first round draft pick