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Born February 3, 1977 (1977-02-03) (age 32),
Most, TCH
Height
Weight
5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
NHL team
F. teams
Minnesota Wild
Nashville Predators
Ntl. team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 176th overall, 2001
New York Rangers
Career 2003 – present
Olympic medal record
Men's Ice hockey
Bronze 2006 Turin Ice hockey

Marek Židlický (Czech pronunciation: [ˈmarɛk ˈʒɪdlɪtskiː]; born February 3, 1977 ) is a Czech professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League (NHL).

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Playing career

Marek Židlický was selected 176th overall, in the 6th round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft on June 24, 2001. He was selected as the sixth choice of the New York Rangers.

Židlický had a very strong 2000–2001 season with HIFK of the Finnish SM-liiga, ranking third on his team in assists (25) and tied for second on his team in points (37). He also led the league in points by a defenceman. This was enough for the Rangers to draft him in the NHL entry draft that next summer.

However, Židlický and the Rangers could never agree to contract terms. The major sticking point was that Židlický wanted a one-way contract which would pay him the same amount of money regardless of whether he was playing in the NHL or the American Hockey League (AHL). He wanted this contract because he was worried about the depth of the Rangers and did not want to spend too much time in the minor leagues. However, the Rangers would not agree to such a deal and only offered a two-way contract, one that would pay him at a lower rate if he played in the AHL. Because of these contract differences, Židlický opted to stay in Finland and continue playing for HIFK.

Židlický had two more very strong years for HIFK leading the team in points in 2001–2002 with 40 points. The next season he tied for the team lead in points with 47.

Realizing that Židlický would not come to the United States to play without a one-way contract and unwilling to give him one, the Rangers traded him, along with Rem Murray and Tomáš Klouček, for Mike Dunham on December 12, 2002 to the Nashville Predators.

Židlický joined the Predators in Nashville for the 2003–04 NHL season, which proved to be a very successful season for Židlický. He recorded his first NHL point in his NHL debut on October 10, 2003 in a 3–1 win over the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. He scored his first NHL goal the next day in the second period of a 3–1 loss to the Dallas Stars. He became the first Predator to play all 82 games in his first season in the league (he was not considered a rookie because of his age).

Unfortunately for Židlický and Predators fans, he was injured when he was checked in the opening minutes of the first ever Nashville Predators playoff game against the Detroit Red Wings. He suffered a concussion and was unable to return for any more games in the playoff series.

During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Židlický returned to play for HIFK in Helsinki, Finland.

Židlický was selected to the bronze medal winning 2006 Czech Republic Olympic hockey squad.

On May 8, 2006, it was announced that the Predators and Židlický had agreed on terms for a new contract. The length of the contract will be for 4 years worth $13.5 million.

On July 1, 2008, Židlický was traded to the Minnesota Wild for Ryan Jones and a second round draft pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Records

  • Nashville Predators franchise record for assists in a game (5).
  • Nashville Predators franchise record for power play points in a season (35).

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1994–95 HC Kladno Czech 41 3 3 6 0
1995–96 HC Kladno Czech 37 4 5 9 74 7 1 1 2 8
1996–97 HC Kladno Czech 49 5 16 21 60 2 0 0 0 0
1997–98 HC Kladno Czech 51 2 13 15 121
1998–99 HC Kladno Czech 50 10 12 22 94
1999–00 HIFK SM-l 47 4 16 20 66 9 3 2 5 24
2000–01 HIFK SM-l 51 12 25 37 146 5 0 1 1 6
2001–02 HIFK SM-l 56 11 29 40 107
2002–03 HIFK SM-l 54 10 37 47 79 4 0 0 0 4
2003–04 Nashville Predators NHL 82 14 39 53 82 1 0 0 0 0
2004–05 HIFK SM-l 49 11 20 31 91 5 0 3 3 14
2005–06 Nashville Predators NHL 67 12 37 49 82 2 0 1 1 2
2006–07 Nashville Predators NHL 79 4 26 30 72 5 0 2 2 4
2007–08 Nashville Predators NHL 79 5 38 43 63 6 0 3 3 8
2008–09 Minnesota Wild NHL 76 12 30 42 76
NHL totals 383 47 170 217 375 14 0 6 6 14

International play

Played for the Czech Republic in:

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International statistics

Year Event   GP G A Pts PIM
2008 WC
Senior int'l totals

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