Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Michal Rozsival
Defenseman Michal Rozsival of Vlasim in the Czech Republic was selected in the fourth round, 105th overall in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Upon being selected, Rozsival came to North America to get himself accustomed to the smaller North American rinks, playing two years of major junior hockey in the WHL with the Swift Current Broncos.

In 1999-00, Rozsival played in 75 games with the Penguins, responding with four goals and 21 points before splitting the following year with the AHL's Wilkes-Barr/Scranton Penguins. In 2001-02 Rozsival had a strong season, netting nine goals and 29 points in 79 games before injuries plagued him throughout the 2002-03 season. In the summer of 2005, Rozsival was acquired by the New York Rangers. As a member of the Rangers, he has become a regualar on the club's line up and has been one of the club's best two-way players

Internationally, Rozsival represented his homeland at the 2008 World Championships.

On July 1, 2008, Rozsival signed a four-year contract with the Rangers worth $24 million.

In a move that showed great character and respect for Rangers greats of the past, Rozsival changed his jersey number from 3 to 33 when the club honoured Hall of Fame defenseman Harry Howell in 2009.

With the Rangers, Rozsival provided solid, if unflashy two-way play, but with his offensive numbers declining for four straight seasons, the club deemed him expendable and on January 10, 2011, Rozsival was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for winger Wojtek Wolski.

In the summer of 2012 Rozsival would sign as a free agent with the Chicago Blackhawks. It would prove to be a good choice for the big defenceman. In his first season with Chicago, the Blackhawks would dominate the NHL's regular season, capturing the Presidents' Trophy.

The playoffs were more of the same and though pushed to the limit by the Detroit Red Wings in the second round, the Blackhawks would prevail and eventually earn the fifth Stanley Cup title in franchise history, the first in Rozsival's career.

After being knocked out in the Western Conference Finals by the eventual Stanley Cup Champion, Los Angeles Kings, the Rozsival would return to the Stanley Cup Final with the Blackhawks where they would defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games. This would be his second Stanley Cup in three years with the Blackhawks.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1994-95 HC Dukla Jihlava Jr. CzRep-Jr. 31 8 13 21
1995-96 HC Dukla Jihlava CzRep 36 3 4 7
1996-97 Swift Current Broncos WHL 63 8 31 39 69 +23 10 0 6 6 15
1997-98 Swift Current Broncos WHL 71 14 55 69 122 +24 12 0 5 5 33
1998-99 Syracuse Crunch AHL 49 3 22 25 72 -12
1999-00 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 75 4 17 21 48 +11 2 0 0 0 4
2000-01 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 30 1 4 5 26 +3
2000-01 Wilkes-Barre Scranton Pens AHL 29 8 8 16 32 +3 21 3 19 22 23
2001-02 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 79 9 20 29 47 -6
2002-03 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 53 4 6 10 40 -5
2003-04 Wilkes-Barre Penguins AHL 1 0 0 0 2 0
2004-05 HC Ocelari Trinec CzRep 35 1 10 11 40
2004-05 HC Moeller Pardubice CzRep 16 1 3 4 30 16 1 2 3 34
2005-06 New York Rangers NHL 82 5 25 30 90 +35 4 0 1 1 8
2006-07 New York Rangers NHL 80 10 30 40 52 +10 10 3 4 7 10
2007-08 New York Rangers NHL 80 13 25 38 80 0 10 1 5 6 10
2007-08 Czech Republic WC-A 4 0 0 0 0 +1
2008-09 New York Rangers NHL 76 8 22 30 52 -7 7 0 0 0 4
2009-10 New York Rangers NHL 82 3 20 23 78 +3
2009-10 Czech Republic WC-A 9 0 2 2 4 -3
2010-11 New York Rangers NHL 32 3 12 15 22 +3
2010-11 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 33 3 3 6 20 +3 4 0 0 0 2
2011-12 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 54 1 12 13 34 +8 15 0 0 0 2
2012-13 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 27 0 12 12 14 +18 23 0 4 4 16
2013-14 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 42 1 7 8 32 +7 17 1 5 6 8
2013-14 Czech Republic Olympics 5 0 0 0 0 +5
2014-15 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 65 1 12 13 22 0 10 0 1 1 6
2015-16 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 51 1 12 13 33 +3 4 0 0 0 2
2016-17 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 22 1 2 3 14 -3
NHL Totals 963 68 241 309 704 106 5 20 25 72


WHL East First All-Star Team (1998) Missed majority of 2003-04 due to training camp knee injury, September 18, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Trinec (CzRep), September 17, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Pardubice (CzRep), January, 2005. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, August 29, 2005. Traded to Phoenix by NY Rangers for Wojtek Wolski, January 10, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Chicago, September 11, 2012. Missed majority of 2016-17 due to lower-body injury vs. Winnipeg, January 26, 2017.
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