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Zenon Konopka
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Born January 2, 1981 (1981-01-02) (age 38)
Niagra-On-The-Lake, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 213 lb (97 kg; 15 st 3 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Buffalo Sabres
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Columbus Blue Jackets
Tampa Bay Lightning
New York Islanders
Ottawa Senators
Minnesota Wild
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2002–present

Zenon Konopka (born on January 2, 1981) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who is currently a member of the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League (NHL).

He has previously played for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Columbus Blue Jackets, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators and the Minnesota Wild during his NHL career.

Playing CareerEdit

Zenon played junior hockey with the Ottawa 67's of the OHL from 1998 to 2002, and was a member of the 1999 Memorial Cup champions.

He was not drafted by a NHL team and caught on with the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL.

After three minor league seasons with various teams in the ECHL and AHL, Zenon made his NHL debut in 2005–2006, playing 23 games for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

After the Ducks were eliminated, he returned to Portland in the AHL, where he led all playoff scorers in power play goals and assists. In 2006–07, Zenon returned to the minors, playing for Portland in the AHL.

On January 26, 2007, Zenon was traded by the Anaheim Ducks along with Curtis Glencross and a draft pick to the Blue Jackets in exchange for forwards Mark Hartigan, Joe Motzko and a draft pick.

He played for Columbus's farm team in the AHL, the Syracuse Crunch, with occasional call-ups to the Blue Jackets.

On July 10, 2008, Zenon signed a two year-contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning as a free agent.

In 2009, after a strong training camp, he made the Lightning's roster out of training camp.

On July 2, 2010, he signed with the New York Islanders as an unrestricted free agent. Zenon was the most penalized player in 2009-10 and 2010-11 NHL seasons.

On July 5, 2011, Zenon signed a one-year contract with the Ottawa Senators. During the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, he directed verbal abuse towards a New York Rangers player during a live television interview. He was fined $2,500 by the NHL.

On July 1, 2012, Zenon signed a two-year, $1.85-million contract with the Minnesota Wild. He reportedly had three offers on the table before accepting the deal with Minnesota.

On January 3, 2014, Zenon was claimed off waivers by the Buffalo Sabres.

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99Ottawa 67'sOHL5678156270002
1999–00Ottawa 67'sOHL5981119107111238
2000–01Ottawa 67'sOHL66204565120207132047
2001–02Ottawa 67'sOHL6118688610013861449
2002–03Wheeling NailersECHL68224870231
2002–03Wilkes-Barre/Scranton PenguinsAHL40119
2003–04Idaho SteelheadsECHL23622288217981730
2003–04Utah GrizzliesAHL437411198
2004–05Cincinnati Mighty DucksAHL751729462121233626
2005–06Portland PiratesAHL34182644571911182946
2005–06Mighty Ducks of AnaheimNHL2343748
2006–07Lada TolyattiRSL40008
2006–07Portland PiratesAHL4211243597
2006–07Syracuse CrunchAHL209112070
2006–07Columbus Blue JacketsNHL600020
2007–08Syracuse CrunchAHL6224315519413371042
2007–08Columbus Blue JacketsNHL300015
2008–09Norfolk AdmiralsAHL70174057186
2008–09Tampa Bay LightningNHL701129
2009–10Tampa Bay LightningNHL74235265
2010–11New York IslandersNHL82279307
2011–12Ottawa SenatorsNHL5532519360222
2012–13Minnesota WildNHL3700011720000
NHL totals 287 11 16 27 994 8 0 2 2 2

Personal LifeEdit

Zenon is of Polish descent; his father was born in Poland and his mother is a native of Buffalo, New York.

He has a sister named Cynthia. On January 16, 2012, she sang the national anthems at Scotiabank Place before the Ottawa Senators' game.

Zenon is also an entrepreneur and the owner of a company called Prime Wine Products and is partners with local charities to help children's programs.

He was once part-owner in an Ottawa bar-restaurant called "Stout Bros." He also runs the "Zenon Konopka Hockey Academy" in Ottawa since 2007.

Zenon also has a black pet rabbit named Hoppy and maintains an Instagram and a Twitter account for his pet who has relocated with him since 2006.

He told Fox Sports North that he never wanted a rabbit as a child, but a friend suggested one as Zenon is allergic to cats and dogs. "I can't help that I fell in love with the little guy ... the guy's pretty cool. He just chills around, has his litter box, does his business there and he's pretty soothing to come home to."

Zenon also has a specially-made hockey jersey made for Hoppy for each team he plays for.

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