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.
[He's] real confident with the puck now, getting it off his stick quick and no second-guessing. We need that. He's such a good guy in the room. He works so hard. That's the big thing. For not a big man, he just fights for every puck and when he scores, the guys appreciate that even more.
— Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice on Mathieu Perreault, who scored two goals in win against Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday