Zbynek Michalek
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 6' 2"
BIRTHDATE: 12/23/1982
AGE: 33
BIRTHPLACE: Jindrichuv Hradec, CZE
DRAFTED: undrafted
Goals: 1 (27 times), 1/14/10 vs. NJ
Assists: 2 (5 times), 10/30/08 vs. PIT
Points: 3 (1 time), 11/30/06 vs. LA (1+2)br /> SOG: 8 (1 time), 3/8/09 at NYI
PIM: 4 (12 times), 1/23/10 at WSH
(Pronounced z’BIGH-nehk mih-KHAL-ihk)

Solid defensive defenseman with a powerful shot who excels in shot blocking and on the penalty kill.

Nickname - “Z”

Played 6-plus NHL seasons with Minnesota, Phoenix and Pittsburgh.

Signed with Penguins on same day as Paul Martin in 2010 offseason. Played the majority of the season paired with Martin.

A valuable member of the NHL’s No. 1-ranked penalty killing unit in 2010-11, he led the Penguins with an average of 3:46 shorthanded minutes per game.

Blocked a team-high 149 shots in 1st season with Pittsburgh in ‘10-11.

Finished the ‘10-11 season on a roll offensively with 8 points (5G-3A) and a plus-9 rating over his final 16 games.

Led NHL with 271 blocked shots in 2008-09.

Durable blueliner has appeared in all 82 games of a season 3 times in career, and has played in at least 72 games each season since establishing himself in the NHL.

Appeared in his 1st career NHL game against Pittsburgh Jan. 16, 2004 while playing for Minnesota.

Originally signed as an undrafted free agent with Minnesota Sept. 29, 2001.

Won Calder Cup championship in 2003 with the American Hockey League’s Houston Aeros, the top minor-league affiliate of Minnesota.

Represented Czech Republic in 2010 Winter Olympic Games and World Championships (2006, ‘07, ‘08). Won silver medal in ‘06 tournament, contributing 3 goals in 9 games.

Played 2 seasons with Shawinigan of Quebec Major Junior Hockey League from 2000-02.

Brother, Milan, plays for Ottawa Senators.

Favorite player growing up was former Penguin Jaromir Jagr.

Married (Helena); 1 son (Andreas).

Signed through 2014-15 season.