Michal Rozsíval

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Michal Rozsíval
Michal Rozsival - Chicago Blackhawks.jpg
Rozsíval with the Chicago Blackhawks in December 2014
Born (1978-09-03) 3 September 1978 (age 39)
Vlašim, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Chicago Blackhawks
Pittsburgh Penguins
New York Rangers
Phoenix Coyotes
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 105th overall, 1996
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career 1995–present

Michal Rozsíval (Czech pronunciation: [ˈmɪxal ˈrossiːval]; born 3 September 1978) is a Czech professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He joined the team in 2012, previously playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins from 1999 until 2004, the New York Rangers from 2005 to 2011, and the Phoenix Coyotes in 2011–12. He is a two time Stanley Cup winner with the Blackhawks in 2013 and 2015.

Playing career[edit]

Rozsíval with the New York Rangers in 2006

Rozsíval was drafted in the fourth round, 105th overall, by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. To adjust to North American play, he moved to Canada to play junior hockey with the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League (WHL). Before making his debut with the Penguins, he played for the Syracuse Crunch in the American Hockey League (AHL). He made his NHL debut in the 1999–2000 season.

Rozsíval joined the New York Rangers after the 2004–05 NHL lockout as a free agent. On 29 April 2007, Rozsíval ended the Rangers' longest home playoff game since 1971 by scoring on Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller at 16:43 of the second overtime period. In the 2007–08 season, Rozsíval led all defensemen in shorthanded goals, with two.[1]

On 1 July 2008, Rozsíval signed a four-year contract extension with the Rangers worth a total of $20 million.[2] On 22 February 2009, Rozsíval switched his jersey number to 33 when former Rangers' player Harry Howell had his number 3 retired.

On 10 January 2011, Rozsíval was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes for Wojtek Wolski.[3] He did not record any points during the Coyotes' run to the 2012 Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Kings. He was injured on a play just seconds before Dustin Penner's overtime series winner after a hit from Dustin Brown, and had to be assisted off the ice. On 11 September 2012, Rozsíval was signed as a free agent by the Chicago Blackhawks on a one-year contract. The Blackhawks would win the Stanley Cup during the lockout-shortened 2012–13 season, defeating the Boston Bruins 3–2 in Game 6. In Game 1 of that series, Rozsíval shot a puck that deflected off Dave Bolland and Andrew Shaw into the net for the game-winning triple-overtime goal. Rozsíval was credited with an assist. On 5 July 2013, Rozsíval signed a two-year contract extension to remain with the Blackhawks.

Rozsíval recorded one goal and twelve assists over 65 games during the 2014-15 NHL season. He appeared in ten games during the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, but sustained a critical ankle injury during the Blackhawks’ second round series against the Minnesota Wild. The injury required surgery and between 12 and 16 weeks of rehabilitation.[4] The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup that year and Rozsíval’s name was engraved on the cup for a second time.

On 22 September 2015, Rozsíval signed a one-year contract extension with the Blackhawks.[5] He made his 2015-16 debut for the Blackhawks on 14 November.[6] In March 2016, the Professional Hockey Writers Association nominated Rozsival for the NHL's Masterton Trophy, which is awarded annually to the player who 'best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to ice hockey.'[7]

At the end of the 2015-16 season, Rozsival signed another one-year contract extension with the Blackhawks. On 28 February 2017, Chicago agreed to extend Rozsival's contract through the 2017-2018 season.[8] In the Blackhawks’ penultimate 2016–17 regular season game, Nick Ritchie of the Anaheim Ducks punched Rozsíval in the face as retaliation for a cross-check he delivered to Corey Perry.[9] Rozsíval suffered a facial fracture that required surgical repairs. The NHL suspended Ritchie for two games (one regular season and one playoff game).[10]

Career statistics[edit]

Michal Rozsíval 2014 Winter Olympics.jpg
Medal record
Representing  Czech Republic
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2010 Cologne

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996–97 Swift Current Broncos WHL 63 8 31 39 80 10 0 6 6 15
1997–98 Swift Current Broncos WHL 71 14 55 69 122 12 0 5 5 33
1998–99 Syracuse Crunch AHL 49 3 22 25 72
1999–00 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 75 4 17 21 48 2 0 0 0 4
2000–01 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 30 1 4 5 26
2000–01 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 29 8 8 16 32
2001–02 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 79 9 20 29 47
2002–03 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 53 4 6 10 40
2003–04 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 1 0 0 0 2
2004–05 Oceláři Třinec CZE 35 1 10 11 40
2004–05 Pardubice CZE 16 1 3 4 30 16 1 2 3 34
2005–06 New York Rangers NHL 82 5 25 30 90 4 0 1 1 8
2006–07 New York Rangers NHL 80 10 30 40 52 10 3 4 7 10
2007–08 New York Rangers NHL 80 13 25 38 80 10 1 5 6 10
2008–09 New York Rangers NHL 76 8 22 30 52 7 0 0 0 4
2009–10 New York Rangers NHL 82 3 20 23 78
2010–11 New York Rangers NHL 32 3 12 15 22
2010–11 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 33 3 3 6 20 4 0 0 0 2
2011–12 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 54 1 12 13 34 15 0 0 0 2
2012–13 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 27 0 12 12 14 23 0 4 4 16
2013–14 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 42 1 7 8 32 17 1 5 6 8
2014–15 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 65 1 12 13 22 10 0 1 1 6
2015–16 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 51 1 12 13 33 4 0 0 0 2
2016–17 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 22 1 2 3 14
NHL totals 963 68 241 309 704 106 5 20 25 72

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
1996 Czech Republic EJC18 5th 5 0 1 1 10
2008 Czech Republic WC 5th 4 0 0 0 0
2010 Czech Republic WC 1st, gold medalist(s) 9 0 2 2 4
2014 Czech Republic OG 6th 5 0 0 0 0
Junior totals 5 0 1 1 10
Senior totals 18 0 2 2 4

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
WHL
East First All-Star Team 1998
Bill Hunter Trophy 1998
CHL Second All-Star Team 1998
NHL
NHL Plus/Minus Award (joint winner) 2006
Stanley Cup (Chicago Blackhawks) 2013, 2015

Personal life[edit]

Rozsival and his wife Jana have two sons: Daniel (who currently plays for the CYA Bantam Major AAA hockey team)[11] and Dominick.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NHL leaders in Shorthanded goals". hockeyreference.com. 2010-02-03. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  2. ^ "Michal Rozsival player profile". Capgeek.com. 2013-01-14. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  3. ^ "Rangers trade Michal Rozsival for Wojtek Wolski". New York Daily News. 2011-01-10. Retrieved 2011-01-10. 
  4. ^ "Blackhawks' Rozsival has surgery on fractured ankle". NHL.com. 2015-05-15. Retrieved 2016-03-29. 
  5. ^ Gloria, Justin (2015-09-22). "NHL News: Chicago Blackhawks, Michal Rozsival Agree To One-Year Deal". International Business Times. Retrieved 2016-03-29. 
  6. ^ Hine, Chris; Kuc, Chris (2016-11-15). "Blackhawks' Michal Rozsival on his return: 'I just focused on playing'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2016-03-29. 
  7. ^ "Blackhawks: Michal Rozsival nominated for 2016 Masterton Trophy". CSN Chicago. 2016-03-28. Retrieved 2016-03-29. 
  8. ^ Hine, Chris. "Blackhawks sign Michal Rozsival, Jordin Tootoo to contract extensions". chicagotribune.com. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  9. ^ "Chicago's Michal Rozsival has facial surgery after Nick Ritchie punch". ESPN. 2017-04-11. Retrieved 2017-04-11. 
  10. ^ "Nick Ritchie of Ducks suspended two games". NHL. Department of Player Safety. 2017-04-07. Retrieved 2017-04-11. 
  11. ^ http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=418269

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Martin St. Louis & Marek Malík
Co-winner of the NHL Plus/Minus Award
(with Wade Redden)

2006
Succeeded by
Thomas Vanek