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Predators sign Zidlicky to four-year deal

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators

Nashville, Tenn. - Nashville Predators Executive Vice President/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed defenseman Marek Zidlicky (MAIR-ehk zhihd-LIHTS-kee) to a four-year contract.

Zidlicky, 29 (2/3/77), has notched 102 points (26g-76a) in 149 games with Nashville over the past two NHL seasons.  This past year, the 5-11, 190-pound native of Most, Czech Republic ranked second among team defensemen and 14th among NHL defensemen with 49 points (12g-37a), including a career-high 10 power-play goals.  He also tied for third on the club in assists and ranked third in average time on ice per game (20:03).  In 2003-04, Zidlicky established a Nashville franchise record for points by a defenseman (14g-39a-53pts).

At the 2005 World Championships, Zidlicky captured a gold medal as a member of the Czech Republic national team and was selected to the tournament All-Star Team.  He led tournament defensemen in goals (four) and earned a bronze medal at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games and represented the Czechs at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

Zidlicky was acquired by Nashville from the New York Rangers (with Rem Murray and Tomas Kloucek) for Mike Dunham on December 12, 2002. He was originally drafted with the Rangers' sixth choice (sixth round), 176th overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

Career Statistics

Regular Season
Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM PP SH GW S % +/-
1994-95 HC Kladno Czech 30 2 2 4 38         -  
1995-96 HC Poldi Kladno Czech 37 4 5 9 74         -  
1996-97 HC Poldi Kladno Czech 49 5 16 21 60         -  
1997-98 Kladno Czech 51 2 13 15 121         -  
1998-99 Kladno Czech 50 10 12 22 94         -  
1999-00 HIFK Helsinki Finland 47 4 16 20 66         -  
1999-00 HIFK Helsinki Euro HL 4 2 2 4 10         -  
2000-01 HIFK Helsinki Finland 51 12 25 37 146         -  
2001-02 HIFK Helsinki Finland 56 11 29 40 107         -  
2002-03 HIFK Helsinki Finland 54 10 37 47 79         -  
2003-04 Nashville NHL 82 14 39 53 82 9 0 4 143 9.8 -16
2004-05 HIFK Helsinki Finland 49 11 20 31 91         -  
2005-06 Nashville NHL 67 12 37 49 82 10 0 1 113 10.6 8

PREDATORS CAREER TOTALS 149 26 76 102 164 19 0 5 256 10.2 -8
NHL CAREER TOTALS 149 26 76 102 164 19 0 5 256 10.2 -8


Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM PP SH GW
1994-95 HC Kladno Czech 11 1 1 2 10      
1995-96 HC Poldi Kladno Czech 7 1 1 2 8      
1996-97 HC Poldi Kladno Czech 2 0 0 0 0      
1999-00 HIFK Helsinki Finland 9 3 2 5 24      
1999-00 HIFK Helsinki Euro HL 1 0 0 0 0      
2000-01 HIFK Helsinki Finland 5 0 1 1 6      
2002-03 HIFK Helsinki Finland 4 0 0 0 4      
2003-04 Nashville NHL 1 0 0 0 0      
2004-05 HIFK Helsinki Finland 5 0 3 3 14      

PREDATORS CAREER TOTALS 1 0 0 0 0      
NHL CAREER TOTALS 1 0 0 0 0      


International
Season Team Event GP G A PTS PIM
1995-96 Czech Republic WJC 7 0 2 2 36
1997-98 Czech Republic WJC 7 0 5 5 12
2003-04 Czech Republic W-Cup 5 3 1 4 2
2004-05 Czech Republic WC 9 1 3 4 18
2005-06 Czech Republic Olympics 7 4 1 5 16

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