Jaroslav Balaštík (born November 28, 1979) is a Czech former professional ice hockey player who most notably played with HC Zlin in the Czech Extraliga and the Columbus Blue Jackets in the National Hockey League (NHL).
November 28, 1979|
Uherské Hradiště, Czechoslovakia
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)|
Columbus Blue Jackets
BK Mlada Boleslav
HC Bílí Tygři Liberec
|National team||Czech Republic|
184th overall, 2002|
Columbus Blue Jackets
Coming through the Czech professional hockey ranks Balaštík was drafted as an overage player in the 6th round, 184th overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. After playing eight seasons (1997–2005) with HC Zlín in the Czech Extraliga, and part of one season (2002–03) with HPK in the Finnish SM-liiga; Balaštík started 2005 season with the Syracuse Crunch, the Blue Jackets' American Hockey League affiliate. He was quickly promoted to the big club, where he became somewhat of a shootout-specialist, going 6-for-9 for the season.
In his second season with the Blue Jackets and limited opportunity, on December 13, 2006, Balaštík was released and contracted by the Swedish Jönköping-based club HV71 in the Swedish elite league Elitserien. In HV71, Balaštík played with his fellow countryman Jan Hrdina, with whom he has played previously in Columbus Blue Jackets in NHL.
From 2007–08 he rejoined HC Zlin in the Czech Republic and played 5 of the past 6 seasons with the team, defecting to BK Mlada Boleslav for a single season in 2011–12. He closed out his career after three more seasons with the club, before moving to HC Bílí Tygři Liberec.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2005–06||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||66||12||10||22||26||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||8||1||1||2||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||BK Mlada Boleslav||ELH||52||17||16||33||38||—||—||—||—||—|
|2014–15||HC Bílí Tygři Liberec||ELH||23||2||1||3||10||—||—||—||—||—|
|Representing Czech Republic|
- Named Best Forward in Czech Extraliga in 2004–05.
- Most goals scored in Czech Extraliga in seasons 2003–04 and 2004–05.
- Most points in Czech Extraliga playoffs in season 2003–04.
- Most goals scored in Czech Extraliga playoffs in season 2003–04.
- "Hockey season starts as Hasek returns". Prague Post. 2008-09-15. Retrieved 2008-09-15.
- "Blue Jackets Loan Balaštík to HV71 of the Swedish Elite League". Columbus Blue Jackets. Archived from the original on 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2007-08-22.
- "Balastik skating with Boleslav agrees to one year deal" (in Czech). BK Mlada Boleslav. 2011-06-09. Retrieved 2012-10-21.
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