Milan Michalek was selected as this year’s PlayStation “Sharks Rookie of the Year” in voting among a panel of Bay Area media. On behalf of the winner, Sony Computer Entertainment will present a check for $2,500 to The Sharks Foundation.
In 79 games this season, Michalek leads all team rookies with 35 points (17-18=35) which ranks him fifth in points among all rookies in franchise history. His 17 goals were fifth-most on the team, first among rookies on the team and tied for 15th among all league rookies. Those 17 goals are also the third most ever scored by a Sharks rookie, behind Pat Falloon (25 – 1991-92) and Rob Gadreau (23 – 1992-93).
The six-foot-two, 215-pound forward from Jindrichuv Hradec, Czech Republic began his NHL career in 2003-04. His season was cut short by a knee injury in just the second game and he made a successful return to the ice this season. Improving over the course of the campaign, Michalek posted 23 of his season’s 35 points in the final 45 games (13-10=23). On the Sharks franchise list among rookies, Michalek is tied for sixth in power play goals (4) and third in shots (157).
Michalek was originally selected by the Sharks in the first round (6th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
The Sharks Foundation was established in 1994 to meet the educational, social and cultural needs of our community. The Foundation offers unique resources and financial assistance to organizations to enhance the lives of local youth and other community activities.
PREVIOUS WINNNERS OF THE PLAYSTATION ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD:
2005-06 Milan Michalek
2003-04 Tom Preissing
2002-03 Jim Fahey
2001-02 Matt Bradley
2000-01 Evgeni Nabokov
1999-00 Brad Stuart
1998-99 Alexander Korolyuk
1997-98 Patrick Marleau
, Marco Sturm, Andrei Zyuzin
1996-97 Stephen Guolla
1995-96 Marcus Ragnarsson
1994-95 Jeff Friesen