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Marek Zidlicky
Marek Zidlicky
Defenseman
Number: 3
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 190
Shoots: Right
Born: Feb 3, 1977  (Age 37)
Birthplace: Most, Czech Republic
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Acquired: Acquired from the Nashville Predators in exchange for F Ryan Jones and a second round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Drafted: NYR / 2001 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 6th (176th overall)
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Has totaled 284 points (60-224=284) and 472 PIM in 507 NHL games in seven seasons with Nashville and Minnesota...Since entering the NHL in 2003, he ranks 12th among active defensemen in points, 13th in assists, 10th with 32 PPG, 11th in power play points (157) and 21st in goals.

2010-11 HIGHLIGHTS
Collected 24 points (7-17=24) in career-low 46 games…Ranked second on team in TOI/game at 21:46...Recorded goal in 500th career NHL game vs. BUF (3/6)...Registered team-high seven hits at LA (12/11)...Skated season-high 27:40 at DAL (12/4)...Recorded three points (1-2=3) vs. NSH (11/26) and vs. VAN (10/19)...Missed two games with groin injury (10/7, 10/8), four games with lower body injury (11/6-11/12,11/24), 21 games with shoulder injury (12/31-2/16) and nine games with lower body injury (3/17-3/22, 4/2-4/10).

2009-10 HIGHLIGHTS

Totaled 43 points (6-37=43) in 78 games to tie franchise record for points in a season by defenseman (Burns 2007-08)…Assist total was highest ever by team blueliner…Wild was 22-12-0 when Zidlicky registered a point…Led team in TOI (24:10) and ranked 23rd in NHL in TOI…Ranked tied for 13th in assists and tied for 17th in scoring among NHL defensemen…Ranked third on team with 128 blocked shots…Established team record with 31st assist vs. VAN (2/14)…Recorded 200th career assist vs. PHX (2/10)…Recorded GWG with 38.8 seconds remaining in regulation vs. CBJ (12/15)…Notched two assists and +2 rating in season-high 30:42 vs. ANA (12/4)…Tallied two points (1-1=2) in 400th NHL game at TOR (11/10)…Missed one game with lower body injury (11/28), missed final three games with arm injury (4/5-4/10).

2008-09 HIGHLIGHTS

Skated in 76 games, totaling 42 points (12-30=42)...Set franchise records for defenseman with 10 PPG and 25 power-play points in a season...Ranked fourth on team with 74 hits...Wild was 16-2-1 when Zidlicky skated to +1 or better...Led team with three shootout deciding goals...Was first Wild D-man with two, two-PPG games in one season...First Wild defenseman with pair of three-point games in single season (later joined by Marc-Andre Bergeron)...Recorded three assists at NYI (3/25)…Notched assist vs. TOR (1/27) for 200th NHL point...Posted three points (2-1=3) at CHI (1/19)...Collected three power-play points (2-1=3) including GWG vs. PHX (11/13)...Missed four games with a lower body injury (10/11-10/18), missed one game due to illness (12/31), missed one game with lower body injury (3/22).

2007-08 HIGHLIGHTS
Led Nashville defensemen in points (43) and assists (38)...Paced the club in power-play points (25) and power-play assists (21)...Ranked second on the club in average TOI (20:49) and third in assists and blocked shots (84)...Led the Predators in power-play TOI/game (4:22)...Registered two of the club’s season-high four three-assist games (2/27 at BUF and 12/27 vs. CBJ)...Tied for the club lead in playoff assists (three) while appearing in all six of the club’s Western Conference Quarterfinal series games vs. DET...Also tied for the team lead in blocked shots (12)...Tallied one of Nashville’s three playoff multi-assist games with two in a Game 3 victory.

2006-07 HIGHLIGHTS
Ranked second among Nashville defensemen in assists (26)...Posted five multi-point games, including three three-point games...Skated in his 200th NHL game at PHX (2/1)...Missed two games due to injury...Tallied two assists in Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinal vs. SJ (4/13).

2005-06 HIGHLIGHTS
Ranked second among club defensemen and tied for 14th in the NHL in scoring by defensemen (12-37=49)...Established career highs in PPGs (10) and tied his career high with 82 PIM...Tied for third on the team in assists (37) and ranked third in average TOI (20:03)...Missed 15 games due to injury.

2004-05 HIGHLIGHTS
Led HIFK (Finland) defensemen and ranked fourth in team scoring (11-20=31).

2003-04 HIGHLIGHTS
Appeared in all 82 games in first NHL season...Finished sixth in the NHL in power-play points...Ranked second in power-play points, tied for third in PPGs, ranked fourth in assists, tied for fourth in points and tied for eighth in goals among league defensemen...Set a franchise single-game record for points and assists when he posted the club’s first five-assist game vs. SJ (2/18)...Registered points (2-5=7) in his first six NHL games (10/9-23), including his first NHL goal vs. DAL (10/11) and an assist in his NHL debut vs. ANA (10/9)...Suffered a concussion in Game 1 (4/7) of the Predators’ Western Conference Quarterfinal series vs. DET and missed next five games.

AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS
Led defensemen and tied for fifth overall in the Finnish Elite League in scoring with 47 points (10-37=47) in 2002-03...Led HIFK Helsinki in assists, tied for the team lead in scoring and finished second on the team with 79 PIM...Finished 2001-02, tied for second among Finnish league defensemen in scoring (11-29=40) and led HIFK Helsinki in scoring and assists...Played in all 56 games for HIFK Helsinki. In 2000-01, led Finnish league defensemen in scoring (12-25=37)...Led HIFK Helsinki and ranked fourth in the league with 146 PIM...Tied for second on his team with 37 points and ranked third with 25 assists. In 1998-99, led HC Kladno in PIM (94) and led team defensemen in scoring (10-12=22).

INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Recorded five assists in five games for the Czech Republic at 2010 Olympics…Played at the 2008 World Championship and ranked second among team blueliners in points (1-4=5) and assists (4)...Led Czech defensemen in scoring (1-5=6) at the 2007 World Championship and was voted as one of the Czech Republic’s top three players in the event...Captured a bronze medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics and led all defensemen with four goals...Captured a gold medal with the Czech Republic at the 2005 World Championship and was selected to the tournament All-Star Team...Tied for the tournament lead with a +8...Represented the Czech Republic at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and tied for second among tournament defensemen in scoring (3-1=4)...Tied for team lead in goals...Played in both the 1995 and 1996 World Junior Championships.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS
Acquired by Minnesota from Nashville in exchange for Ryan Jones and a 2009 second round pick (Charles-Olivier Roussel), July 1, 2008; Acquired by Nashville with Rem Murray and Tomas Kloucek from N.Y. Rangers in exchange for Mike Dunham, Dec. 12, 2002; Originally selected by N.Y. Rangers in the sixth round (176th overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

PERSONAL
Marek Zidlicky and his wife, Karina, have a son, Adam, and reside in Prague, Czech Republic during the offseason…Nickname is “Z”…Hobbies include riding his motorcycle and fishing…Most memorable hockey moment is winning gold medal at 2005 World Championship in Austria…Lists Lance Armstrong as the one person he would most like to meet…Says his favorite part of Minnesota are the lakes and favorite place to eat in the Twin Cities is at his home…Lists Slipknot and Disturbed as his favorite bands…Enjoys eating eggs for breakfast and favorite food is chicken…Lists his favorite part of hockey is winning and Detroit as his favorite team to play.

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