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Marek Zidlicky

Marek Zidlicky  #28

Defenseman
NUMBER: 28 BIRTHDATE: February 3, 1977
HEIGHT: 5' 11" BIRTHPLACE: Most, Czech Republic
WEIGHT: 190 DRAFTED: NYR / 2001 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 6th   (176th overall)
GAME HIGHS: Goals: 2 / Assists: 5 / Points: 5 ... HAT TRICKS: 0 / MULTI-PT GAMES: 53 CAREER: Three-time Olympian for the Czech Republic, winning bronze in 2006...Has appeared for Czechs six times at World Championships, winning gold in 2005 and bronze in 2011. 2014-15: Picked up seven points in his first seven games with Detroit...Scored the OT winner in his DET debut, 3/4 vs. NYR...Led New Jersey's defensemen in scoring (23 points) and all Devils in power-play points (12) at the time of his trade to Detroit...Reached 300 NHL assists, 12/4 at TOR...Skated in his 700th NHL game, 10/9 at PHI. OTHER: Debuted in the NHL at age 28, spending his pro career in the Czech Republic and Finland until that point...Recorded 96 points (26-70-96) in 242 games with HC Kladno (Czech) and 175 (48-127-175) in 257 games with HIFK (Finland)...Has also skated for Nashville, Minnesota and New Jersey.
Traded to Nashville by NY Rangers with Rem Murray and Tomas Kloucek for Mike Dunham, December 12, 2002. Signed as a free agent by HIFK Helsinki (Finland), September 17, 2004. Traded to Minnesota by Nashville for Ryan Jones and Minnesota's 2nd round choice (Charles-Olivier Roussel) in 2009 Entry Draft, July 1, 2008. Traded to New Jersey by Minnesota for Kurtis Foster, Nick Palmieri, Stepahane Veilleux, Washington's 2nd round choice (previously acquired, later traded to Minnesota Minnesota selected Raphael Bussieres) in 2012 Entry Draft and New Jersey's 3rd round choice (later traded to NY Islanders NY Islanders selected Eamon McAdam), February 24 2012. Signed as a free agent by Kladno (CzRep), September 9, 2012.
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Obviously there's a lot of expectations around me but it's something I try not to focus on. I'm just trying to go out there, be myself on the ice every day, try to get better, be myself around the guys in the locker room. I think that's what's made me successful and the person that I am.

— Sabres forward Jack Eichel on transitioning from college hockey to the NHL