Jaroslav Balaštík

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Jaroslav Balaštík
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Born (1979-11-28) November 28, 1979 (age 38)
Uherské Hradiště, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Left
Played for HC Zlín
HPK
Columbus Blue Jackets
HV71
BK Mlada Boleslav
HC Bílí Tygři Liberec
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 184th overall, 2002
Columbus Blue Jackets
Playing career 1998–2015

Jaroslav Balaštík[1] (born November 28, 1979 in Uherské Hradiště, Czechoslovakia) is a Czech former professional ice hockey player who most notably played with HC Zlin in the Czech Extraliga and the Columbus Blue Jackets in the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]

Coming through the Czech professional hockey ranks Balaštík was drafted as an overage player in the 6th round, 184th overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. After playing eight seasons (1997–2005) with HC Zlín in the Czech Extraliga, and part of one season (2002–03) with HPK in the Finnish SM-liiga; Balaštík started 2005 season with the Syracuse Crunch, the Blue Jackets' American Hockey League affiliate. He was quickly promoted to the big club, where he became somewhat of a shootout-specialist, going 6-for-9 for the season.

In his second season with the Blue Jackets and limited opportunity, on December 13, 2006, Balaštík was released and contracted by the Swedish Jönköping-based club HV71 in the Swedish elite league Elitserien. In HV71, Balaštík played with his fellow countryman Jan Hrdina, with whom he has played previously in Columbus Blue Jackets in NHL.[2]

From 2007–08 he rejoined HC Zlin in the Czech Republic and played 5 of the past 6 seasons with the team, defecting to BK Mlada Boleslav for a single season in 2011–12.[3] He closed out his career after three more seasons with the club, before moving to HC Bílí Tygři Liberec.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1997–98 HC Zlín ELH 6 0 2 2 0
1998–99 HC Zlín ELH 41 4 8 12 12 9 1 0 1 27
1999–00 HC Zlín ELH 48 7 10 17 18 4 0 1 1 2
2000–01 HC Zlín ELH 52 8 17 25 32 6 1 1 2 6
2001–02 HC Zlín ELH 50 25 19 44 32 11 3 5 8 14
2002–03 HC Zlín ELH 31 14 8 22 26
2002–03 HPK SM-l 13 5 7 12 2 13 4 3 7 6
2003–04 HC Zlín ELH 51 29 18 47 54 17 9 9 18 32
2004–05 HC Zlín ELH 52 30 16 46 74 17 4 9 13 52
2005–06 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 66 12 10 22 26
2005–06 Syracuse Crunch AHL 14 3 3 6 6
2006–07 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 8 1 1 2 4
2006–07 Syracuse Crunch AHL 6 2 3 5 6
2006–07 HV71 SEL 25 3 10 13 4 14 5 2 7 34
2007–08 HC Zlín ELH 52 29 11 40 72
2008–09 HC Zlín ELH 52 20 16 36 72 5 0 0 0 26
2009–10 HC Zlín ELH 45 21 21 42 32 6 8 6 14 8
2010–11 HC Zlín ELH 52 22 13 35 34 4 2 1 3 4
2011–12 BK Mlada Boleslav ELH 52 17 16 33 38
2012–13 HC Zlín ELH 52 26 13 39 28 19 4 4 8 4
2013–14 HC Zlín ELH 52 20 11 31 34 17 4 5 9 14
2014–15 HC Zlín ELH 14 3 2 5 6
2014–15 HC Bílí Tygři Liberec ELH 23 2 1 3 10
ELH totals 724 276 200 476 570 138 42 50 92 215
NHL totals 74 13 11 24 30
Medal record
Representing  Czech Republic
Ice hockey
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2006 Latvia

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1997 Czech Republic EJC 5th 6 1 2 3 0
1999 Czech Republic WJC 7th 6 2 3 5 0
2003 Czech Republic WC 4th 8 1 0 1 2
2006 Czech Republic WC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 9 4 2 6 2
2007 Czech Republic WC 7th 6 0 0 0 4
Junior totals 12 3 5 8 0
Senior totals 23 5 2 7 8

Awards[edit]

Records[edit]

  • Most goals scored in Czech Extraliga in seasons 2003–04 and 2004–05.
  • Most points in Czech Extraliga playoffs in season 2003–04.
  • Most goals scored in Czech Extraliga playoffs in season 2003–04.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hockey season starts as Hasek returns". Prague Post. 2008-09-15. Retrieved 2008-09-15. 
  2. ^ "Blue Jackets Loan Balaštík to HV71 of the Swedish Elite League". Columbus Blue Jackets. Archived from the original on 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2007-08-22. 
  3. ^ "Balastik skating with Boleslav agrees to one year deal" (in Czech). BK Mlada Boleslav. 2011-06-09. Retrieved 2012-10-21. 

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