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 had one really not-good game. I came back to the hotel and he [his father] was on Skype. My mother called first and said, 'Your father wants to talk to you.' So he moved my mother away, and he yelled at me for like 30 seconds. I understood him, and then he said, 'I'm done.' And he was gone. The next game I got my first shutout.
— Anton Khudobin recalls a fond memory, explains why he was so sharp in the Hurricanes' 3-0 win against the Capitals on Friday