In his first Olympic competition, Zidlicky finished second among defensemen and first on the team in scoring with four goals (4-1-5) helping the Czechs win a bronze medal.
A veteran of World Championships and a consistent offensive contributor from the blueline, he has 16 points (3-13-16) in four World Championships (2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009). In 2005, he led the tournament in plus-minus (+8), finished tied for the team lead in assists (3) and was selected to the All-Star Team in the gold-medal winning effort.
I downplayed the first one because I thought it's just a hockey game. We just want to win the game; it's against our rival and we want the two points. I downplayed it, but now having gone through the first one I look back and say, 'Geez, that was really cool.' I think as I've grown a bit older I've got a lot more appreciation for what we're allowed to do every day.
— Capitals forward Brooks Laich on the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, the second one of his career after 2011 in Pittsburgh