June 9, 1987 |
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||179 lb (81 kg; 12 st 11 lb)|
|NHL team (P)
|Los Angeles Kings
Ontario Reign (AHL)
|National team||United States|
|NHL Draft||74th overall, 2006
Los Angeles Kings
Jeff Zatkoff (born June 9, 1987) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender who currently plays with the Ontario Reign in the American Hockey League (AHL) while under contract to the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL). He signed a two-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins on July 1, 2012  and made his NHL debut on October 11, 2013.
Zatkoff was drafted in the third round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, 74th overall, by the Los Angeles Kings after playing collegiately for the Miami University Redhawks. Jeff was named CCHA All-Conference Team honorable mention in 2006–07 as a sophomore. He was also named Rookie of the Year in 2005–06 as a freshman for the Redhawks, starting 20 games and helping lead the team to a regular-season CCHA Conference title.
On April 10, 2008, Zatkoff signed a three-year entry level contract with the Los Angeles Kings. He was also signed to an Amateur Try-Out Agreement with the Ontario Reign on April 11, 2008. He made his professional debut with the Reign, appearing in 37 games during the 2008–09 season. Zatkoff played for the Manchester Monarchs through the 2011–12 season.
Zatkoff signed a two-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins on July 1, 2012. On March 28, 2013, Zatkoff was recalled by Pittsburgh to be a backup for Tomas Vokoun for a game against the Winnipeg Jets due to a neck injury suffered by Marc-André Fleury. Vokoun played the entire game and Zatkoff was returned to Wilkes-Barre the following day when doctors cleared Fleury to return. Zatkoff and teammate Brad Thiessen were awarded with the Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award at the conclusion of the 2012–13 AHL season. The Hap Holmes Award is given to the goaltender(s) who play at least 25 games for the team that allows the fewest goals against over the course of the season.
Zatkoff was expected to spend the 2013–14 season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. However, a blood clot suffered by Vokoun meant that Zatkoff started the season backing up Pittsburgh starter Marc-André Fleury. On October 11, 2013, Zatkoff made his NHL debut, making 24 saves in a 6–3 loss to the Florida Panthers. His first NHL victory was a 3–0 shutout of the Blue Jackets in Columbus on November 2, 2013.
On April 13, 2016, Zatkoff started Game 1 of the Penguins' first round series against the New York Rangers. Regular starter Marc-André Fleury was out with a concussion. Zatkoff made 35 saves on 37 shots and was named the game's second star, helping the Penguins to a 5–2 win. After two games with the Penguins, Zatkoff was replaced by Matt Murray for the starting duties, who remained in net for the rest of the playoffs despite Fleury's eventual return to the lineup. The Penguins eventually won the 2016 Stanley Cup Finals on June 12, 2016 against the San Jose Sharks, giving Zatkoff his first championship. Zatkoff was able to skate a victory lap around the rink holding the Stanley Cup.
On July 1, 2016, Zatkoff ended his tenure with the Penguins, returning to the Los Angeles Kings on a one-year, two-way free agent contract.
|Representing United States|
|World Junior Championships|
Jeff is the great nephew of Roger Zatkoff, who played in the National Football League for the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers. His father, Jeff, was drafted by the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association after playing collegiately at Eastern Michigan, and attending high school at Chippewa Valley High School.
Regular season and playoffs
|2004–05||Sioux City Musketeers||USHL||24||13||6||3||1271||54||1||2.55||.914||2||0||0||67||10||0||8.88||.706|
Awards and honors
|All-CCHA Second Team||2007–08|||
|CCHA All-Tournament Team||2008|||
|Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award||2013|
|Stanley Cup (Pittsburgh Penguins)||2016|||
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- "Penguins Re-Assign Goaltender Jeff Zatkoff to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton". March 29, 2013. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
- "Penguins pair win Hap Holmes award". American Hockey League. April 1, 2013. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
- "For Penguins' Zatkoff, disappointing debut". Trib Total Media. October 11, 2013. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
- "Zatkoff wins 1st as Pens continue to roll". Trib Total Media. November 2, 2013. Retrieved November 2, 2013.
- "Patric Hornqvist lifts Penguins past Rangers with hat trick in opener". ESPN. April 14, 2016. Retrieved April 14, 2016.
- "Jeff Zatkoff agrees to terms on a two-way contract". Los Angeles Kings. 2016-07-01. Retrieved 2016-07-01.
- "All-CCHA Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
- "2012–13 CCHA Media Guide". ISSUU.com. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
- Career statistics and player information from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
- Miami Redhawks Player Bio: Jeff Zatkoff
- Jeff Zatkoff's bio at Hockey Future.com
|Awards and achievements|
|CCHA Best Goaltender