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Milan Michálek
Milan Michálek
Position Left wing
Shoots Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
225 lb (102 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Ottawa Senators
San Jose Sharks
Nationality Flag of the Czech Republic Czech
Born December 7, 1984,
Jindřichův Hradec, CS
NHL Draft 6th overall, 2003
San Jose Sharks
Pro Career 2001 – present


Medal record
Competitor for Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic
World Championships
Bronze 2011 Bratislava Ice hockey
World U18 Championships
Bronze 2002 Slovakia Ice hockey


Milan Michálek (born December 7, 1984 in Jindřichův Hradec) is a Czech professional ice hockey player who currently plays left wing for the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted sixth overall by the San Jose Sharks in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. His older brother Zbyněk is a defenseman who plays for the Phoenix Coyotes.

Playing careerEdit

Michálek scored a goal in his first NHL game before suffering a serious knee injury the next game on October 11, 2004, tearing his right Anterior cruciate ligament. After knee surgery, Michálek played in the American Hockey League (AHL) before injuring his knee again on January 22. During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Michálek did not play anywhere, spending the time rehabilitating his knee.

Willie Mitchell and Milan Michalek

Michálek battles for position with Willie Mitchell.

Michálek played his first full season with the Sharks in 2005–06, scoring 17 goals and 35 points and earning the San Jose Sharks PlayStation Rookie of the Year award. In the 2006–07 season, Michálek emerged as a speedy, multidimensional player and an offensive threat, scoring 26 goals and 66 points. During the following offseason, Michálek signed a six-year, $26 million contract extension through 2014 while still having one year left on his original rookie contract. It was the longest and most lucrative contract ever signed by a Sharks player. In 2007–08, Michálek played primarily on the Sharks' top line with Joe Thornton. Michálek's production dipped to 24 goals and 55 points, but due to the Sharks' overall offensive struggles, he was still second on the team to Thornton in goals and points.

On September 12, 2009, Michalek was traded by the Sharks along with Jonathan Cheechoo and a second round pick in 2010 to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for forward Dany Heatley, and a fifth round draft pick in 2010.

With the Senators, Michalek scored his first career NHL hat trick against the Tampa Bay Lightning on October 15, 2009. He scored 2 shorthanded goals, and one on the powerplay.

International careerEdit

Michalek played on the 2010 Czech Republic Olympic hockey team along with his brother. He played in 5 games and scored 2 goals in those Olympics.

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 HC České Budějovice Czech 5 0 0 0 0
2001–02 HC České Budějovice Czech 47 6 11 17 12
2002–03 HC České Budějovice Czech 46 3 5 8 14 4 1 0 1 2
2003–04 San Jose Sharks NHL 2 1 0 1 4
2003–04 Cleveland Barons AHL 7 2 2 4 4
2005–06 San Jose Sharks NHL 81 17 18 35 45 9 1 4 5 8
2006–07 San Jose Sharks NHL 78 26 40 66 36 11 4 2 6 4
2007–08 San Jose Sharks NHL 79 24 31 55 47 13 4 0 4 4
2008–09 San Jose Sharks NHL 77 23 34 57 52 6 1 0 1 2
NHL totals 317 91 123 214 184 39 10 6 16 18

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Preceded by
Mike Morris
San Jose Sharks first round draft pick
2003
Succeeded by
Steve Bernier

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