Steven Zalewski

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Steven Zalewski
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Zalewski playing for the New Jersey Devils during the 2011-12 season
Born (1986-08-20) August 20, 1986 (age 30)
New Hartford, New York, U.S.
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
DEL team
Former teams
Straubing Tigers
San Jose Sharks
New Jersey Devils
Lukko
Ilves
NHL Draft 153rd overall, 2004
San Jose Sharks
Playing career 2008–present

Steven "Steve" Zalewski (born August 20, 1986) is an American professional ice hockey center. He is currently playing with the Straubing Tigers of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL). Zalewski was drafted 153rd overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the San Jose Sharks.

Playing career[edit]

Zalewski played high school hockey for the NYS Section III Division 2, New Hartford Spartans and was named NYS Player of the year in 2002. Zalewski played college hockey for four years at Clarkson University, scoring 108 points in 151 games. Following a brief stint with the Worcester Sharks of the American Hockey League at the end of the 2007–08 season, Zalewski played 75 games for the team in 2008–09. He collected 13 goals and 26 assists in his first season of professional play. After scoring a goal in three games at the beginning of the 2009–10 AHL season, Zalewski made his NHL debut with the San Jose Sharks on October 12, 2009 against the Phoenix Coyotes.[1]

Zalewski was traded along with Jay Leach to the New Jersey Devils for Patrick Davis and Mike Swift.[2] During the 2011–12 season, Zalewski was recalled from AHL affiliate, the Albany Devils, and appeared in 7 games for New Jersey.

On July 18, 2013, Zalewski signed as a free agent to a one-year contract with Finnish club, Lukko Rauma of the Liiga, and the next year stayed in Liiga, signing a one-year contract for Ilves.[3]

After two seasons in Finland, Zalewski continued his career abroad, moving to Germany in signing an initial one-year deal with the Straubing Tigers of the DEL on June 17, 2015, that was extended for another year in 2016.[4]

He featured in international hockey for the first time in 2015, playing three games for the US National team in the Deutschland Cup in Germany. He was a late addition to the squad, replacing Auston Matthews after he was ruled out with a back injury.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 Northwood School Prep USHS 40 32 34 66 22
2004–05 Clarkson University ECAC 39 12 7 19 60
2005–06 Clarkson University ECAC 35 9 13 22 50
2006–07 Clarkson University ECAC 39 16 18 34 44
2007–08 Clarkson University ECAC 38 21 12 33 34
2007–08 Worcester Sharks AHL 7 2 4 6 0
2008–09 Worcester Sharks AHL 75 13 26 39 26 12 0 1 1 6
2009–10 Worcester Sharks AHL 78 22 40 62 20 11 1 5 6 4
2009–10 San Jose Sharks NHL 3 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Worcester Sharks AHL 50 4 17 21 14
2010–11 Albany Devils AHL 31 11 12 23 14
2011–12 Albany Devils AHL 69 19 22 41 48
2011–12 New Jersey Devils NHL 7 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Albany Devils AHL 73 11 30 41 52
2013–14 Lukko Liiga 31 6 5 11 37 15 1 5 6 2
2014–15 Ilves Liiga 46 5 11 16 36 2 1 0 1 2
2015–16 Straubing Tigers DEL 52 17 23 40 26 7 1 1 2 2
2015 US National Team International 3 0 0 0 2
2016–17 Straubing Tigers DEL 50 5 12 17 20 2 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 10 0 0 0 0

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
High School
NYS Player of the Year 2002 [6]
College
NCAA (ECAC) Champion 2006-07 [7]
ECAC First All-Star Team 2008 [7]
Professional
Emile Francis Trophy 2009-2010 [8]
SM-liiga Bronze Medal 2013-14 [9]
International
Deutschland Cup Runner-Up 2015 [10]

Personal[edit]

Two of Zalewski's brothers have played professionally, Rich played in the Southern Hockey League,[11] and Mike who plays professional hockey for the Utica Comets[12] He has a sister, Annika, who plays Division One collegiate hockey at Colgate.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Zalewski To Play First Game". San Jose Sharks. 2009-10-12. Retrieved 2009-10-13. 
  2. ^ "Sharks, Devils deal minor-leaguersd". Boston Globe. 2011-02-09. Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
  3. ^ "Steven Zalewski locked in - team complete". Lukko Rauma. 2013-07-18. Retrieved 2013-07-18. 
  4. ^ "Steven Zalewski new center for Straubing" (in German). Straubing Tigers. 2015-06-17. Retrieved 2015-06-17. 
  5. ^ "USA Roster Evaluation: Deutschland Cup - Planet of Hockey". Planet of Hockey. 2015-10-26. Retrieved 2017-03-05. 
  6. ^ "Hockey's Future - Steven Zalewski". Hockey's Future. Retrieved 2017-03-05. 
  7. ^ a b "Player Bio - Steven Zalewski". The Hockey News. Retrieved 2009-10-13. 
  8. ^ "Emile Francis Trophy". Wikipedia. 2016-04-21. 
  9. ^ "Elite Prospects - Award - SM-liiga Bronze Medal". www.eliteprospects.com. Retrieved 2017-03-05. 
  10. ^ "2015 Deutschland Cup". Wikipedia. 2016-10-06. 
  11. ^ Moshier, Ron. "Ex-Spartans not surprised by Frozen Four return". Uticaod. Retrieved 2017-03-06. 
  12. ^ "Brothers Mike and Steve Zalewski bridge hockey generation gap as teammates with Utica Comets". syracuse.com. Retrieved 2017-03-06. 
  13. ^ Delaney, Anne. "Hockey journey reunites Zalewski siblings". Uticaod. Retrieved 2017-03-06. 

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