Martin Růžička

Martin Růžička (15 December 1985)[1] is a Czech professional ice hockey player. Růžička is currently playing for HC Oceláři Třinec. Růžička has played professionally for HC Sparta Praha, HC Znojemští Orli, HC Olomouc, HC Oceláři Třinec and Amur Khabarovsk.[2] Růžička participated at the 2010 IIHF World Championship as a member of the Czech Republic men's national ice hockey team.[3]

Martin Růžička
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Born (1985-12-15) December 15, 1985 (age 34)
Beroun, Czechoslovakia
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 174 lb (79 kg; 12 st 6 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Right
Czech team
Former teams
HC Oceláři Třinec
HC Sparta Praha
HC Znojemští Orli
HC Olomouc
Amur Khabarovsk
Traktor Chelyabinsk
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2005–present

Playing careerEdit

Ruzicka was born in Beroun, and played his youth hockey with HC Berounsti Medvedi. Ruzicka began his junior hockey career with the HC Sparta Praha Under 18 squad in 2000–01. In 2001, he moved to HC Kladno, first for the under-18 squad, then moved up to the under-20 squad, playing two seasons for Kladno. Kladno won the junior title in 2003.[4] Růžička then moved to North America to play major junior hockey for the Everett Silvertips in 2003–04. Růžička scored only 4 goals and 12 assists for Everett and was released after the season to re-enter the 2004 CHL European Import Draft.[5] Růžička played for the Lethbridge Hurricanes in 2004–05, scoring 5 goals and 5 assists in 57 games.[6]

Ruzicka's goal was to play in the NHL[4] but he was not drafted by the National Hockey League (NHL) and he returned to the Czech Republic in 2005. From 2005 until 2011, Ruzicka played for several teams in Czech leagues. He had his best season in the Czech Extraliga league with Trinec in 2010–11, scoring 24 goals and 26 assists for 50 points in 51 games. He broke the Extraliga playoff scoring record, scoring 30 points (15 goals, 15 assists) in 15 games. The previous record of 26 points in 13 games was set by Zigmund Palffy in 1992.[7] The season led to the attention of Amur Khabarovsk of the KHL, which has signed him for the 2011–12 season.[6]

International playEdit

Ruzicka played in the 2005 World Junior Championships for the Czech Republic. He has also played in the 2010 World Championship for the Czech Republic. Ruzicka has also played in various 'friendly' games for the Czech Republic.[6]

AwardsEdit

  • Eurohockey Player of the Month, March 2011
  • Eurohockey Player of the Month, October 2012[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Profile at HC Znojmo official website" (in Czech).
  2. ^ "Profile at HC Oceláři Třinec official website" (in Czech). Retrieved July 21, 2011.
  3. ^ IIHF (2010). IIHF Media Guide & Record Book 2011. Moydart Press. p. 181. ISBN 978-0-9867964-0-1.
  4. ^ a b "Player Profile: Martin RŮŽIČKA" (in Czech). HC Orli Znojmo. Retrieved July 21, 2011.
  5. ^ "Everett Silvertips Make Roster Move". Seattle Times. June 30, 2004. Retrieved July 21, 2011.
  6. ^ a b c "Eliteprospects.com - Martin Ruzicka". eliteprospects.com. Retrieved July 21, 2011.
  7. ^ "Ruzicka shatters Extraliga playoff scoring record". NHL. April 6, 2011. Retrieved July 21, 2011.
  8. ^ "Martin Ruzicka European player of the Month for October". eurohockey.com. 2012-11-01. Retrieved 2012-11-01.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Martin Ruzicka at Wikimedia Commons