Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Zenith Komarniski
Defenseman Zenith Komarniski was a defenseman known for his offensive skills and booming point shot when he was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in 1996. The Edmonton native played his Junior hockey in the Western Hockey League and put up solid offensive numbers with the Tri-City Americans before a deal to the Spokane Chiefs during his final season in the league.

In 1998, Komarniski turned pro and began the second stage of his career with the Canucks farm club in Syracuse. During his second season as a professional, opportunity knocked in the form of a chance to play with the big team. With injuries to defensemen Mattias Ohlund and Adrian Aucoin that cost them a combined 65 games and the early-season retirement of veteran Doug Bodger meant that the Canucks would be auditioning blue liners from their farm club in an effort to bridge the gap.

The Canucks called up Komarniski and put him into 18 games in which he scored one goal and an assist. The rest of his season was spent back in Syracuse where he would continue to hone his skills.

Komarniski spent the 2000-01 season in the International Hockey League with the Kansas City Blades and chipped in 29 points while playing a tougher game with 191 penalty minutes. The following year he was back in the AHL, this time with the Manitoba Moose.

In the early stages of the 2003-04 season, Komarniski was dealt to the Columbus Blue Jackets and upon his arrival with the club saw limited action, spending the majority of the season with the club's AHL affiliate in Syracuse. The former WHLer went to play parts of two seasons with the Blue Jacket organization before being acquired by the Calgary Flames in the summer of 2005.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1993-94 Fort Saskatchewan Rangers AMHL 32 14 32 46 42
1994-95 Tri-City Americans WHL 66 5 19 24 110 17 1 2 3 47
1995-96 Tri-City Americans WHL 42 5 21 26 85
1996-97 Tri-City Americans WHL 58 12 44 56 112
1997-98 Tri-City Americans WHL 3 0 4 4 18 +1
1997-98 Spokane Chiefs WHL 43 7 20 27 90 -4 18 4 6 10 49
1997-98 Canada WJC-A 7 0 0 0 26
1997-98 Spokane Chiefs M-Cup 4 0 2 2 10
1998-99 Syracuse Crunch AHL 58 9 19 28 89 -14
1999-00 Vancouver Canucks NHL 18 1 1 2 8 -1
1999-00 Syracuse Crunch AHL 42 4 12 16 130 +3 4 2 0 2 6
2000-01 Kansas City Blades IHL 70 7 22 29 191 -6
2001-02 Manitoba Moose AHL 77 5 20 25 153 0 7 0 2 2 13
2002-03 Vancouver Canucks NHL 1 0 0 0 2 0
2002-03 Manitoba Moose AHL 53 15 8 23 94 -6 13 2 2 4 30
2003-04 Manitoba Moose AHL 10 0 0 0 35 -2
2003-04 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 2 0 0 0 0 0
2003-04 Syracuse Crunch AHL 54 2 22 24 84 +16 7 0 1 1 4
2004-05 Syracuse Crunch AHL 62 3 11 14 99 0
2005-06 Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights AHL 68 6 15 21 99 -14
NHL Totals 21 1 1 2 10


WHL West First All-Star Team (1997) Traded to Spokane (WHL) by Tri-City (WHL) for Blake Evans, October 25, 1997.Traded to Columbus by Vancouver for Sean Pronger, October 30, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Calgary, August 11, 2005.
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