Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Marek Malik
Born in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia, Marek Malik was chosen 72nd overall by the Hartford Whalers in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft after a solid year with the junior Vitkovice team. Malik spent the next year with the city's senior club before heading to North America in 1994-95. Malik was impressive with 41 points as a rookie with the AHL's Springfield Falcons and recorded an assist in his only appearance with the Whalers. He continued to apprentice in the minors the next season before dressing for 47 games with Hartford in 1996-97.

The talented blueliner opted to spend the 1997-98 season with Sweden's Malmo IF. The following year, he returned briefly to Vitkovice before joining the relocated Whalers in Carolina. During the next four years, Malik showed more poise and was given increased ice time. He was capable of moving forward with the puck and making smart decisions in his own zone.

Injuries plagued the hulking defenceman in 1999-00 and 2000-01. Malik rebounded in 2001-02 and was durable player for the Hurricanes, dressing for all 82 regular season games and was equally as solid on the teams blue line during the team's run to the Stanley Cup Final.

After only ten games of the 2002-03 season, the Vancouver Canucks acquired Malik from Carolina in hopes of adding some size and depth to their blue line and for the next two seasons was a tower of strength for the club. However, with the 2004-05 NHL season washed out, Malik returned to the Czech Republic and in the summer of 2005 saw his playing rights acquired by the New York Rangers.

On the international stage, Malik represented his homeland at the World Junior Championships (1994-1995) and the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1992-93 TJ Vitkovice Jr. Czech-Jr. 20 5 10 15 16
1992-93 Czech Republic EJC-A 2 0 2 2 0
1993-94 HC Vitkovice CzRep 38 3 3 6 0 3 0 1 1 0
1993-94 Czech Republic WJC-A 7 2 4 6 20
1994-95 Springfield Indians AHL 58 11 30 41 91
1994-95 Czech Republic WJC-A 7 2 5 7 12
1994-95 Hartford Whalers NHL 1 0 1 1 0 +1
1995-96 Hartford Whalers NHL 7 0 0 0 4 -3
1995-96 Springfield Falcons AHL 68 8 14 22 135 8 1 3 4 20
1996-97 Hartford Whalers NHL 47 1 5 6 50 +5
1996-97 Springfield Falcons AHL 3 0 3 3 4
1997-98 MIF Redhawks Malmo Sweden 37 1 5 6 21
1998-99 HC Vitkovice CzRep 1 1 0 1 6
1998-99 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 52 2 9 11 36 -6 4 0 0 0 4
1998-99 Beast of New Haven AHL 21 2 8 10 28 -7
1999-00 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 57 4 10 14 63 +13
2000-01 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 61 6 14 20 34 -4 3 0 0 0 6
2001-02 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 82 4 19 23 88 +8 23 0 3 3 18
2002-03 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 10 0 2 2 16 -3
2002-03 Vancouver Canucks NHL 69 7 11 18 52 +23 14 1 1 2 10
2003-04 Vancouver Canucks NHL 78 3 16 19 45 +35 7 0 0 0 10
2004-05 Czech Republic W-Cup 4 0 0 0 4 0
2004-05 HC Vitkovice Steel CzRep 42 1 9 10 50 7 0 0 0 37
2005-06 New York Rangers NHL 74 2 16 18 78 +28 4 0 1 1 6
2005-06 Czech Republic Olympics 8 0 0 0 8 -3
2006-07 New York Rangers NHL 69 2 19 21 70 +32 10 1 3 4 10
2007-08 New York Rangers NHL 42 2 8 10 48 +7
2008-09 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 42 0 5 5 36 -3
2009-10 HC Vitkovice Steel CzRep 8 0 4 4 6
2009-10 HC Geneve-Servette Swiss 25 0 4 4 10 20 2 8 10 12
2010-11 HC Vitkovice Steel CzRep 47 5 24 29 134 14 1 4 5 6
2011-12 HC Vitkovice Steel CzRep 48 2 14 16 153
2012-13 HC Vitkovice Steel CzRep 49 1 16 17 91 9 0 0 0 54
NHL Totals 691 33 135 168 620 65 2 8 10 64


Transferred to Carolina after Hartford franchise relocated, June 25, 1997. Traded to Vancouver by Carolina with Darren Langdon for Jan Hlavac and Harold Druken, November 1, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Vitkovice (CzRep), September 17, 2004. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, August 2, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, October 23, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Vitkovice (CzRep), October 13, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Geneve (Swiss), November 23, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Vitkovice (CzRep), July 20, 2010. Officially announced his retirement, May 7, 2014.
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