Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Doug Zmolek
After two seasons of high school hockey Doug Zmolek moved to the University of Minnesota for three seasons and was a member of the United States team that competed in the 1990 World Junior Hockey Championships.

He was Minnesota's first pick (7th overall) in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft but was claimed by the San Jose Sharks in the NHL Dispersal Draft on May 30, 1991.

Zmolek was not an offensive threat on the blueline but he was able to move the puck out of his zone with quick, accurate passes, and possessed the soft hands required for quick passes in tight quarters. Zmolek's game was toughness and consistency as a stay-at-home defenceman while paired with Rob Blake with the Kings in Los Angeles. Zmolek also saw duty on the penalty-killing unit.

Speed always seemed to be Zmolek's downfall and he was never able to consistently place higher than the fifth or sixth best defender on any NHL team that he played with.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1987-88 John Marshall Rockets High-MN 27 4 32 36
1988-89 John Marshall Rockets High-MN 29 17 41 58
1989-90 University of Minnesota WCHA 40 1 10 11 52
1989-90 United States WJC-A 7 0 1 1 2
1990-91 University of Minnesota WCHA 34 11 6 17 38
1991-92 University of Minnesota WCHA 41 6 20 26 84
1992-93 San Jose Sharks NHL 84 5 10 15 229 -50
1993-94 San Jose Sharks NHL 68 0 4 4 122 -9
1993-94 Dallas Stars NHL 7 1 0 1 11 +1 7 0 1 1 4
1994-95 Dallas Stars NHL 42 0 5 5 67 -6 5 0 0 0 10
1995-96 Dallas Stars NHL 42 1 5 6 65 +1
1995-96 Los Angeles Kings NHL 16 1 0 1 22 -6
1996-97 Los Angeles Kings NHL 57 1 0 1 116 -22
1997-98 Los Angeles Kings NHL 46 0 8 8 111 0 2 0 0 0 2
1998-99 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 62 0 14 14 102 +1
1999-00 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 43 2 7 9 60 +6
2000-01 Chicago Wolves IHL 2 0 0 0 2 -1
NHL Totals 467 11 53 64 905 14 0 1 1 16


WCHA Second All-Star Team (1992)
NCAA West Second All-American Team (1992)
Claimed by San Jose from Minnesota in Dispersal Draft, May 30, 1991. Traded to Dallas by San Jose with Mike Lalor for Ulf Dahlen and Dallas' 7th round pick (Brad Mehalko) in 1995 NHL Draft, March 19, 1994. Traded to Los Angeles by Dallas with Shane Churla for Darryl Sydor and Los Angeles' 5th round pick (Ryan Christie) in 1996 NHL Draft, February 17, 1996. Traded to Chicago by Los Angeles for Chicago's 3rd round pick (Frantisek Kaberle) in 1999 NHL Draft, September 3, 1998. Signed as a free agent by Chicago (IHL), December 28, 2000.
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