Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Zbynek Michalek
Zbynek Michalek was born December 23, 1982 in Jindrchuv, Czech Republic. An offensively gifted defenseman, Michalek came to North America in the fall of 2000 and joined the QMJHL's Shawinigan Cataractes.

In his two seasons with Shawinigan, Michalek registered 90 points (26-64-90) while signing as a free-agent with the Minnesota Wild in September of 2001. Following his two seasons in Shawinigan, Michalek made his professional debut with the AHL's Houston Aeros in 2002-03, and was a key player in the team Calder Cup win against the Hamilton Bulldogs.

After beginning the 2003-04 season with Houston, Michalek went on to make his NHL debut with the Wild towards the midway point of the season before being acquired by the Phoenix Coyotes in the summer of 2005.

In Phoenix, Michalek began to establish himself as one of the NHL's top defenders, known for his strong defensive play and willingness to block shots.

In 2010 he helped lead the Coyotes to a franchise record 107 points and return to the playoffs for the first time since 2002.

In the summer of 2010, Michalek was one of the most sought after unrestricted free agents and on July 1 he signed a five year, 20 million dollar contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

On June 22, 2012, Michalek would be traded back to the Coyotes in exchange for Harrison Ruopp, Marc Cheverie and a third round draft pick.

At the trade deadline on March 2, 2015, Michalek and a draft pick would be traded to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Maxim Letunov. At the conclusion of the 2014-15 season, Michalek would return to Arizona hwere he would sign a two year contract on July 1, 2015.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1999-00 HC Karlovy Vary Jr. CzRep-Jr. 40 2 10 12 20
2000-01 Shawinigan Cataractes QMJHL 69 10 29 39 52 +41 3 0 0 0 0
2001-02 Shawinigan Cataractes QMJHL 68 16 35 51 54 +25 12 8 9 17 17
2002-03 Houston Aeros AHL 62 4 10 14 26 23 1 1 2 6
2003-04 Minnesota Wild NHL 22 1 1 2 4 -7
2003-04 Houston Aeros AHL 55 5 16 21 32 -5 2 1 0 1 0
2004-05 Houston Aeros AHL 76 7 17 24 48 -10 5 1 2 3 4
2005-06 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 82 9 15 24 62 +4
2005-06 Czech Republic WC-A 9 3 0 3 6 0
2006-07 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 82 4 24 28 34 -20
2006-07 Czech Republic WC-A 7 0 1 1 4 0
2007-08 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 75 4 13 17 34 +9
2007-08 Czech Republic WC-A 7 0 0 0 6 -7
2008-09 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 82 6 21 27 28 -13
2009-10 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 72 3 14 17 30 +5 7 0 2 2 2
2009-10 Czech Republic Olympics 5 0 0 0 2 0
2010-11 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 73 5 14 19 30 0 7 0 1 1 0
2010-11 Czech Republic WC-A 8 0 1 1 0 +6
2011-12 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 62 2 11 13 24 0 6 0 1 1 0
2012-13 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 34 0 2 2 14 +4
2012-13 Czech Republic WC-A 8 3 1 4 2 +2
2013-14 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 59 2 8 10 24 +6
2013-14 Czech Republic Olympics 5 0 1 1 2 +3
2014-15 Arizona Coyotes NHL 53 2 6 8 12 -6
2014-15 St. Louis Blues NHL 15 2 2 4 6 +3 6 0 0 0 4
2015-16 Arizona Coyotes NHL 70 2 5 7 20 +3
2016-17 Arizona Coyotes NHL 3 0 0 0 0 +1
2016-17 Tucson Roadrunners AHL 43 6 8 14 32 -4
NHL Totals 784 42 136 178 322 26 0 4 4 6


Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, September 29, 2001. Traded to Phoenix by Minnesota for Erik Westrum and Dustin Wood, August 26, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, July 1, 2010. Traded to Phoenix by Pittsburgh for Harrison Ruopp, Marc Cheverie and Philadelphia's 3rd round pick (previously acquired, Pittsburgh selected Oskar Sundqvist) in 2012 NHL Draft, June 22, 2012. Traded to St. Louis by Arizona with future considerations for Maxim Letunov. March 2. 2015. Signed as a free agent by Arizona, July 1, 2015.
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