Milan Michálek (//; Czech pronunciation: [ˈmɪlan ˈmɪxaːlɛk]; born 7 December 1984) is a Czech professional ice hockey left winger who is currently an unrestricted free agent. He most recently played under contract to the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted sixth overall by the San Jose Sharks in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
7 December 1984|
Jindřichův Hradec, Czechoslovakia
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||225 lb (102 kg; 16 st 1 lb)|
San Jose Sharks
Toronto Maple Leafs
|National team||Czech Republic|
6th overall, 2003|
San Jose Sharks
Michálek scored a goal in his first NHL game before suffering a serious knee injury the next game, on 11 October 2003, tearing his right ACL. After knee surgery, Michálek played in the American Hockey League (AHL) before injuring his knee again on 22 January. During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Michálek did not play anywhere, spending the time rehabilitating his knee.
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 12 September 2009, Michálek 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, Michálek scored his first career NHL hat-trick against the Tampa Bay Lightning on 15 October 2009; two shorthanded and one on the powerplay. On 1 December, he scored two goals against his former team in a 5–2 loss in San Jose.
Michálek suffered a concussion after colliding with teammate Erik Karlsson on 13 December 2011, causing him to miss five games. At the time of the injury, he was leading the NHL in goals with 19. He was later selected in fan balloting as a starter in the 2012 NHL All-Star Game and finished the season with a career high 35 goals.
|Representing Czech Republic|
|World U18 Championships|
Michálek played on the 2010 Czech Republic Olympic hockey team along with his brother. He played in five games and scored two goals in those Olympics. The two brothers also played for the Czech team which finished sixth in the 2014 Olympics.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2000–01||HC České Budějovice||ELH||5||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001–02||HC České Budějovice||ELH||47||6||11||17||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||HC České Budějovice||ELH||46||3||5||8||14||4||1||0||1||2|
|2003–04||San Jose Sharks||NHL||2||1||0||1||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|
|2012–13||HC České Budějovice||ELH||21||13||11||24||26||—||—||—||—||—|
|2015–16||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||13||1||5||6||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|2016–17||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||5||1||1||2||2||—||—||—||—||—|
- "Heatley shipped to Sharks". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 12 September 2009. Retrieved 12 September 2009.
- "Michalek nets three as Senators rout Lightning 7-1". Ottawa Citizen. 14 October 2009. Archived from the original on 18 October 2009. Retrieved 16 October 2009.
- "Michalek will return to Senators' Lineup on tuesday against Habs". The Sports Network. 18 December 2011. Retrieved 19 December 2011.
- "Sens' Michalek looks to regain scoring touch". Toronto Sun. 3 January 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
- "Dion Phaneuf traded to Senators in 9-player deal". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 9 February 2016. Retrieved 9 February 2016.