HEIGHT: 6' 2"
BIRTHPLACE: Jindrichuv Hradec, CZE
|Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, September 29, 2001. Traded to Phoenix by Minnesota for Erik Westrum and Dustin Wood, August 26, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, July 1, 2010. Traded to Phoenix by Pittsburgh for Harrison Ruopp, Marc Cheverie and Philadelphia's 3rd round choice (previously acquired, Pittsburgh selected Oskar Sundqvist) in 2012 Entry Draft, June 22, 2012.|
Recorded 0-2-2 with 14 penalty minutes and was a plus-4 in 34 games...Led the team with 87 blocked shots...Second on the team in shorthanded TOI/game (2:57) and third in shifts/game (26.7)...Missed 14 games with an injury (3/12-4/9)...Had a season-high 27:14 TOI at VAN, Feb. 26...Recorded an assist at CGY, Feb. 24...Collected a season-high eight blocked shots at SJS, Feb. 9 ...Recorded an assist and had five shots vs. MIN, Feb. 4...Played in his 400th career game with PHX vs. EDM, Jan. 30...Blocked five shots vs. LAK, Jan. 26...Skated in 21:54 of ice time and recorded three hits and five blocked shots at SJS, Jan. 24.
Played in 62 games with PIT recording 2-11-13 and 24 penalty minutes…Led the team in blocked shots (144)…Ranked fourth in the NHL in shorthanded TOI/g (3:38)…Ranked fourth on the team in TOI/game (21:38)…Had an assist and season-high plus-3 vs. NYR, Apr. 5…Scored a goal and skated in 25:09 TOI vs. PHX, Mar. 5…Registered an assist and had a season-high five shots vs. TBL, Feb. 12…Played in his 500th NHL game vs. STL, Nov. 23…Had a two-game point streak from Oct. 17-18…Played a season-high 29:20 at MIN, Oct. 18…Scored a goal at WPG, Oct. 17…2012 Playoffs: Played in all six games of the ECQF against PHI, registering 0-1-1 and a plus-2 rating…Led the team in shorthanded TOI/game (4:26) and was second in blocked shots (10)…Had an assist in Game 3 of the ECQF at PHI, Apr. 15.
Appeared in 73 games in his first season with PIT and recorded 5-14-19 and 30 penalty minutes…Led the team in blocked shots (149)…Ranked tied for second in the NHL in shorthanded TOI/g (3:46)…Was fourth on the team in TOI/g (21:50)…Had a three-game point streak from Apr. 2-8 (2-1-3)…Scored a power-play goal and played a season-high 31:37 at NYI, Apr. 8…Had a season-high six shots vs. FLA, Mar. 27…Notched a goal and matched a season-high with a plus-3 rating at OTT, Mar. 15…Had a season-best 1-1-2, including his first goal with PIT vs. BUF, Mar. 8…Posted a three-game assist streak from Feb. 1-4…Had an assist in back-to-back games at FLA, Nov. 22 and vs. CAR, Nov. 19…Registered an assist in his first game with PIT vs. PHI, Oct. 7…2011 Playoffs: Played in all seven games of the ECQF against TBL and had one assist…Led the team in TOI/g (27:20) and ranked seventh in the Stanley Cup playoffs…Second on the team in shorthanded TOI/g (3:31)…Had an assist and skated in a playoff-high 36:01 TOI in Game 4 of the ECQF at TBL, Apr. 20.
Played in 72 games with PHX, registering 3-14-17 and 30 penalty minutes…Led the team in TOI/g (22:38), shorthanded TOI/g (3:16) and blocked shots (156)…Second on the team in shifts/g (29.9)…Had an assist in back-to-back games vs. VAN, Mar. 10 and at CAR, Mar. 13…Had a season-high five shots vs. STL, Mar. 2…Skated in a season-high 30:01 at CBJ, Dec. 17…Had a PPG at CBJ, Oct. 28…Notched an assist in three straight games (0-3-3) Oct. 15-22…Had an assist in the season opener at LAK, Oct. 3…2010 Playoffs: Had two assists in seven games against DET in the WCQF…Led the team in shorthanded TOI/g (4:08) and second in blocked shots (12)…Had an assist in Game 6 of the WCQF at DET, Apr. 25…Notched an assist in Game 3 at DET, Apr. 18…Made his Stanley Cup playoff debut vs. DET, Apr. 14.
Recorded 6-21-27 and 28 penalty minutes in 82 games played with PHX…Led the NHL in blocked shots (271) while appearing in all 82 games…One of only three Coyotes to appear in all 82 games…Played all 82 games for the third time in last four seasons...Led the Coyotes in TOI/g (22:42)…Ranked sixth in the NHL in shifts/g (30.6)…Selected as the Coyotes’ Hardest working Player and as the team’s Masterton Trophy nominee…Scored a goal in win at SJS, Apr. 9…Registered a career high eight SOG at NYI, Mar. 8…Collected a goal, assist and was a plus-3 while playing in his 300th NHL game on Jan. 2 vs. NYI…Logged a season-high 29:01 TOI at PHI, Nov. 22…Scored his first goal of the season vs. CHI, Nov. 18…Recorded two assists and was a plus-3 vs. PIT, Oct. 30.
Recorded 4-13-17 and 34 penalty minutes in 75 games played with PHX…Led the Coyotes with a career-best plus-9 rating and ranked second on the team in blocked shots (124) and third in TOI/g (21:35)…Ranked 19th in the NHL in shifts/g (29.0)…Tied his career high with two GWGs…Missed the first seven games of the season with an injury before appearing in the final 75 games…Scored the GWG in a 2-0 win vs. STL, Feb. 24…Assisted on the OT GWG at COL, Feb. 4…Scored his second career OT goal and added an assist in a 4-3 win vs. NSH, Jan. 24…Registered his first goal of the season vs. VAN, Dec. 22…Played in his 200th NHL game vs. TOR, Nov. 24…Registered a season-high 28:12 TOI at ANA, Nov. 7.
Played in all 82 games for the second consecutive season with PHX, recording 4-24-28…One of only two Coyotes to appear in all 82 games…Ranked tied for second on the team in assists (24) and power-play points (14), second in power-play assists (11) and tied for fifth in points…Among Coyotes defensemen, ranked first in assists and second in points…Also led the team in TOI/g (23:39) and in blocked shots (167)…Ranked ninth in the NHL in shifts/g (30.8) and tied for 16th in blocked shots (167)…Finished the season having played in 178 consecutive games…Set new career highs in points (28), assists (24), and shots (144)…Led the team in TOI 32 times during season, including 10 times in an 11-game stretch from Nov. 25-Dec. 21…Registered five multi-point games and four multi-assist games…Picked up two assists and led the team in TOI (26:53) in a 3-2 win over LAK, Jan. 20…Notched a goal and an assist vs. SJS, Dec. 30…It was his second consecutive two-point game after recording two assists at SJS, Dec. 28…Tied career high with a four-game point streak (1-5-6) from Dec. 26-Jan. 1…Recorded the first three-point game of his career with a goal and two assists vs. LAK, Nov. 30.
Played in all 82 games for PHX, collecting 9-15-24 and 62 penalty minutes…One of only three Coyotes to play in all 82 games…Among NHL rookie defensemen, ranked tied for fourth in goals (9), tied for 13th in assists (15), tied for 11th in points (24), tied for third in PPGS (5), tied for 12th in plus/minus (plus-4), fourth in TOI/g (22:49) and first in blocked shots (166)…Led all NHL rookies and Coyotes in blocked shots (166)…Led Coyotes in TOI/g (22:49)…Among Coyotes defensemen, ranked second in goals (9), first in plus/minus (plus-4) and second in shots (105)…Led team in ice time in 38 of the final 60 games of season…Skated Coyotes’ season-high 31:19 and was a plus-2 in 4-3 shootout win vs. EDM, Jan. 21…Scored a goal and led Coyotes with 26:46 TOI and four blocked shots in 6-3 win vs. FLA, Jan. 19…Scored GWG in 2-1 OT win vs. ANA, Nov. 12…Compiled four-game point streak (1-3-4) from Oct. 20-27…Scored first goal as Coyote in 3-2 vs. CGY, Oct. 27…Recorded assist in third straight game with helper on OT GWG in 5-4 win vs. STL, Oct. 25…Recorded first point as Coyote with assist in 5-4 SOL vs. NSH, Oct. 13…Switched No. from 39 to 4 prior to game vs. NSH, Oct. 13…Played first game as Coyote at VAN, Oct. 5.
Collected 7-17-24 and 48 penalty minutes in 76 games with Houston (AHL)…Among club defensemen, ranked second in assists and third in points…Set AHL career highs in goals, assists and points…Scored five power-play goals…2005 Playoffs: Played in all five games and tied for team lead in scoring with 1-2-3.
Split season between MIN and Houston (AHL)…Began season with Houston and recalled by MIN on three different occasions…In his first NHL season, played in 22 games and recorded 1-1-2, four penalty minutes and 14:13 TOI…Made NHL debut vs. PIT, Jan. 16…Collected first NHL point (goal) at SJS, Mar. 10…Recorded first NHL assist vs. DAL, Apr. 2…In 55 games with Houston (AHL), recorded 5-16-21 and 32 penalty minutes…Three of his five goals came on the power-play.
Played in 62 regular season games with Houston (AHL), registering 4-10-14 and 26 penalty minutes in his first pro season…Ranked third on team in plus/minus (plus-16)…Two of his four goals were GWG…2003 Playoffs: Won 2003 Calder Cup Championship with Houston as Aeros defeated Hamilton four games to three…Collected 1-1-2 and six penalty minutes while playing in all 23 playoff games.
Prior to start of season, signed by MIN as a free agent, Sept. 29, 2001…In his final season in junior hockey, recorded 16-35-51 and 54 penalty minutes in 68 games with Shawinigan (QMJHL)…Ranked tied for third on team in power-play goals (14), tied for fifth in assists and sixth in points…Finished second among club defensemen in goals, assists and points…2002 Playoffs: Ranked third on team in playoff points with 8-9-17 in 12 games.
2011: Helped lead the Czech Republic to a bronze medal at the IIHF World Championship in Slovakia…Played in eight games recording one assist and six penalty minutes…2010: Played in five games for the Czech Republic at the Olympic Games in Vancouver, B.C…2008: Played for the Czech Republic at the IIHF World Championship in Halifax and Quebec City, appearing in seven games…2007: Played for Team Czech Republic at IIHF World Championship in Moscow…Registered an assist in seven games…2006: Represented the Czech Republic at the IIHF World Championship in Latvia, recording three goals and six penalty minutes in nine games to help team win the silver medal.
Zbynek and his wife, Helena, have a son named Andreas and a daughter named Ella…His brother Milan is a member of the Ottawa Senators…Likes to vacation in Croatia…His favorite bands are Green Day and Nickelback…Favorite movie is Legends of the Fall…His favorite player growing up was Jaromir Jagr…Played soccer growing up…His favorite hockey moments were playing in the 2006 IIHF World Championship Final and playing his first NHL game…Enjoys playing tennis…His first car was a Jeep Cherokee.