Newark, NJ – The New Jersey Devils today re-signed defenseman Marek Zidlicky to a new contract. The announcement was made by Devils’ President/General Manager Lou Lamoriello. As per club policy, no further terms were disclosed.
Zidlicky will enter his fourth season with New Jersey and 11th in NHL overall. He finished first among the club’s defensemen and fifth on the team with 42 points last season, including 12 goals and 30 assists, while appearing in 81 games.
The 5-11, 190-lb. rearguard also led the club with eight power play goals, 18 power play points and 60 penalty minutes. He has 18 goals and 51 assists for 69 points and 108 penalty minutes in 151 games as a Devil since being acquired from Minnesota on February 24, 2012. Zidlicky has career totals of 78 goals and 289 assists for 367 points and 604 penalty minutes in 699 games with Nashville, Minnesota and New Jersey.
Since entering the league in 2003-04, he ranks 12th in games played, 15th in goals, tied for ninth in assists, 11th in points and tied for fourth with 53 power play goals among all NHL defensemen.
Born February 3, 1977 in Most, Czech Republic, he has represented his country in three Winter Olympic Games (2006 Bronze Medal), six World Championships (2005 Gold Medal, 2011 Bronze), the 2004 World Cup and two World Junior Championships. He was the NY Rangers’ sixth choice and 176th overall selection in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. Prior to his NHL career, Zidlicky played four seasons with HIFK Helsinki in the Finnish Elite League.