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Michal Rozsival
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Born September 3, 1978 (1978-09-03) (age 40)
Vlašim, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Chicago Blackhawks
Pittsburgh Penguins
New York Rangers
Phoenix Coyotes
National team Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic
NHL Draft 105th overall, 1996
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career 1995–present

Michal Rozsival (born on September 3, 1978) is a Czech professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL), joining the team in 2012.

He has previously played for the Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers and the Phoenix Coyotes.

Playing careerEdit

Michal was drafted in the fourth round (105th overall) by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.

To adjust to North American play, he moved to Canada to play junior hockey with the Swift Current Broncos. Before making his debut with the Penguins, he played for the Syracuse Crunch in the American Hockey League (AHL). He made his NHL debut in the 1999–2000 season.

Michal came to the Rangers after the 2004-05 NHL lockout as a free agent. On April 29, 2007, he ended the Rangers' longest home playoff game since 1971 by blasting a shot past Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller at 16:43 of the second overtime period.

In the 2007-08 regular season, Michal led all defensemen in shorthanded goals with two. On July 1, 2008, he signed a four-year contract with the Rangers worth $20 million. On February 22, 2009, he switched his jersey number to 33 when former Rangers' player Harry Howell had his number 3 retired.

On January 10, 2011, Michal was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes for Wojtek Wolski. He didn't record any points during the Coyotes' run to the 2012 Western Conference Finals. He was injured on a play just seconds before Dustin Penner's overtime series winner after a hit from Dustin Brown and had to be assisted off the ice.

On September 11, 2012, Michal was signed as a free agent by the Chicago Blackhawks on a one-year contract. The Blackhawks would win the Stanley Cup during the lockout shortened 2012-13 NHL season, defeating the Boston Bruins 3-2 in Game 6.

In Game 1 of that series, he shot a puck that deflected off Dave Bolland and Andrew Shaw into the net for the game-winning triple-overtime goal. Michal was credited with an assist.

On July 5, 2013, he signed a two year contract to remain with the Chicago Blackhawks.

In the 2014–15 NHL season, Michal recorded one goal and twelve assists over 65 games. He appeared in ten games during the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, but he sustained an ankle injury during the Blackhawks’ second round series against the Minnesota Wild. The injury required surgery and between 12 and 16 weeks of rehabilitation.

The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup that year and Michal's name was engraved on the cup for a second time.

On September 22, 2015, Michal signed a one-year contract extension with the Blackhawks and made his 2015-16 debut for the team on November 14, 2015.

In March of 2016, the Professional Hockey Writers Association nominated him for the NHL's Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy which is awarded annually to the player who "best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to ice hockey."

At the end of the 2015-16 season, Michal signed another one-year contract extension with the Blackhawks. On February 28, 2017, Chicago agreed to extend his contract through the 2017-2018 season.

In the Blackhawks’ penultimate 2016–17 regular season game, Nick Ritchie of the Anaheim Ducks punched Michal in the face as retaliation for a cross-check he delivered to Corey Perry.

Michal suffered a facial fracture that required surgical repairs. The NHL suspended Ritchie for two games (one regular season and one playoff game) on the basis that Ritchie's punch was unexpected and Michal was not prepared to fight or defend himself.

Michal missed the Blackhawks 2016–17 finale and the entire 2017 playoffs due to the injury. He was later diagnosed with post-concussion symptoms and was placed on the Blackhawks long-term disabled list before the 2017-18 NHL season.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996–97 Swift Current Broncos WHL 63 8 31 39 80 10 0 6 6 15
1997–98 Swift Current Broncos WHL 71 14 55 69 122 12 0 5 5 33
1998–99 Syracuse Crunch AHL 49 3 22 25 72
1999–00 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 75 4 17 21 48 2 0 0 0 4
2000–01 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 30 1 4 5 26
2000–01 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 29 8 8 16 32
2001–02 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 79 9 20 29 47
2002–03 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 53 4 6 10 40
2003–04 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 1 0 0 0 2
2004–05 Oceláři Třinec CZE 35 1 10 11 40
2004–05 Pardubice CZE 16 1 3 4 30 16 1 2 3 34
2005–06 New York Rangers NHL 82 5 25 30 90 4 0 1 1 8
2006–07 New York Rangers NHL 80 10 30 40 52 10 3 4 7 10
2007–08 New York Rangers NHL 80 13 25 38 80 10 1 5 6 10
2008–09 New York Rangers NHL 76 8 22 30 52 7 0 0 0 4
2009–10 New York Rangers NHL 82 3 20 23 78
2010–11 New York Rangers NHL 32 3 12 15 22
2010–11 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 33 3 3 6 20 4 0 0 0 2
2011–12 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 54 1 12 13 34 15 0 0 0 2
2012–13 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 27 0 12 12 14 23 0 4 4 16
2013–14 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 42 1 7 8 32 17 1 5 6 8
2014–15 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 65 1 12 13 22 10 0 1 1 6
2015–16 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 51 1 12 13 33 4 0 0 0 2
2016–17 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 22 1 2 3 14
NHL totals 963 68 241 309 704 106 5 20 25 72

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
1996 Czech Republic EJC18 5th 5 0 1 1 10
2008 Czech Republic WC 5th 4 0 0 0 0
2010 Czech Republic WC Template:Goca 9 0 2 2 4
2014 Czech Republic OG 6th 5 0 0 0 0
Junior totals 5 0 1 1 10
Senior totals 18 0 2 2 4

AccoladesEdit

Award Year
WHL
East First All-Star Team 1998
Bill Hunter Trophy 1998
CHL Second All-Star Team 1998
NHL
NHL Plus/Minus Award (joint winner) 2006
Stanley Cup (Chicago Blackhawks) 2013, 2015
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