Mike Zalewski

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Mike Zalewski
Mike Zalewski Utica Comets.jpg
Zalewski playing for the Utica Comets.
Born (1992-08-18) August 18, 1992 (age 24)
New Hartford, New York, USA
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 209 lb (95 kg; 14 st 13 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
DEL team
Former teams
Straubing Tigers
Vancouver Canucks
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2014–present

Michael Zalewski (born August 18, 1992) is an American professional ice hockey player. He is currently under contract with the Straubing Tigers of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL). He previously played with the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]

Prior to turning professional, Zalewski played one season with the Syracuse Stars of the EJHL. He was drafted 122nd overall by the Youngstown Phantoms in the USHL entry draft,[1] but did not sign with the team. This was followed by two seasons in British Columbia with the Vernon Vipers of the BCHL.[2] He then attended the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he played two seasons (2012–14) of NCAA Division I hockey with the RPI Engineers, registering 21 goals, 26 assists, 47 points, and 75 penalty minutes in 71 games.

On March 14, 2014, the Vancouver Canucks of the NHL signed Zalewski as a free agent to an entry-level contract.[3] On April 12, 2014, Zalewski made his NHL debut skating 11:47 with the Vancouver Canucks in a 5-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers.[4]

On July 8, 2015, with Zalewski unable to retain an NHL contract with the Canucks, he opted to remain within the organization by signing a one-year AHL contract with the Utica Comets, an affiliate.[5]

On January 20, 2016, Zalewski signed a two-way, one year NHL contract with the Vancouver Canucks and subsequently was recalled the same day.[6]

As a free agent, Zalewski left the Canucks organization after 3 full seasons, signing a one-year deal abroad with German outfit, the Straubing Tigers of the DEL, on July 17, 2017.[7]

Personal[edit]

One of Zalewski's brothers, Steven, plays professional hockey as well, including time with both New Jersey and San Jose[8] of the NHL. Another brother, Rich, played professionally in the Southern Hockey League.[9] One of his sisters, Annika, plays college hockey for Colgate.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 New Hartford High USHS 3 0 1 1
2006–07 New Hartford High USHS 23 7 8 15
2007–08 New Hartford High USHS 24 23 27 50
2008–09 New Hartford High USHS 23 36 30 66
2009–10 Syracuse Stars EJHL 43 16 32 48 28 2 0 1 1 4
2010–11 Vernon Vipers BCHL 46 12 17 29 34 16 5 3 8 4
2011–12 Vernon Vipers BCHL 60 38 37 75 83
2012–13 R.P.I. ECAC 36 12 9 21 22
2013–14 R.P.I. ECAC 35 9 17 26 53
2013–14 Vancouver Canucks NHL 2 0 1 1 0
2014–15 Utica Comets AHL 55 3 9 12 18 23 1 2 3 14
2015–16 Utica Comets AHL 58 16 17 33 46 4 0 1 1 2
2015–16 Vancouver Canucks NHL 3 0 1 1 2
2016–17 Utica Comets AHL 54 5 13 18 36
2016–17 Vancouver Canucks NHL 1 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 6 0 2 2 2

Awards and Honors[edit]

Award Year
New York High School Player of the Year 2008-09 [11]
BCHL Champion 2010-11 [12]
CJHL Doyle Cup Champion 2010-11 [12]
RBC Cup Champion[12] 2010-11 [12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.newmindit.com, New Mind Development:. "USHL Draft Results | Amateur Hockey News | May 19, 2010". the Inside Word. Retrieved 2017-03-13. 
  2. ^ "Mike Zalewski". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2017-03-05. 
  3. ^ "RPI's Mike Zalewski Signs with Vancouver Canucks". SB Nation College Hockey. 2014-03-14. Retrieved 2014-03-20. 
  4. ^ "Oilers 5, Canucks 2". Global Post. 2014-04-12. Retrieved 2014-04-12. 
  5. ^ "Zalewski returns to the Comets". Utica Comets. 2015-07-08. Retrieved 2015-07-08. 
  6. ^ "Canucks Sign & Recall Zalewski". Utica Comets. 2016-01-20. Retrieved 2016-01-20. 
  7. ^ "Mike Zalewski signs with Straubing Tigers" (in German). Straubing Tigers. 2017-07-17. Retrieved 2017-07-17. 
  8. ^ "Brothers Mike and Steve Zalewski bridge hockey generation gap as teammates with Utica Comets". syracuse.com. Retrieved 2017-03-06. 
  9. ^ Moshier, Ron. "Ex-Spartans not surprised by Frozen Four return". Uticaod. Retrieved 2017-03-06. 
  10. ^ Delaney, Anne. "Hockey journey reunites Zalewski siblings". Uticaod. Retrieved 2017-03-06. 
  11. ^ "Hockey's Future - Michael Zalewski". Hockey's Future. Retrieved 2017-03-05. 
  12. ^ a b c d "Elite Prospects - Award - BCHL Champion". www.eliteprospects.com. Retrieved 2017-03-05. 

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