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Born December 7, 1984 (1984-12-07) (age 25),
Jindřichův Hradec, Czechoslovakia
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
225 lb (102 kg; 16 st 1 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
F. teams
Ottawa Senators
San Jose Sharks
Ntl. team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 6th overall, 2003
San Jose Sharks
Playing career 2001 – present

Milan Michálek (Czech pronunciation: [ˈmɪlan ˈmɪxaːlɛk]; anglicised as /mɪˈkælɛk/; born December 7, 1984) is a Czech professional ice hockey player currently playing left wing for the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted sixth overall by the San Jose Sharks in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. His older brother Zbyněk is a defenseman who plays for the Phoenix Coyotes.

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Playing career

Michálek scored a goal in his first NHL game before suffering a serious knee injury the next game on October 11, 2004, tearing his right ACL. After knee surgery, Michálek played in the American Hockey League (AHL) before injuring his knee again on January 22. During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Michálek did not play anywhere, spending the time rehabilitating his knee.

Michálek battles for position with Willie Mitchell.

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 September 12, 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.[1]

With the Senators, Michálek scored his first career NHL hat-trick against the Tampa Bay Lightning on October 15, 2009; two shorthanded and one on the powerplay. On December 1, he scored two goals against his former team in a 5–2 loss in San Jose.[2]

International career

Michalek played on the 2010 Czech Republic olympic hockey team along with his brother.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 HC České Budějovice Czech 5 0 0 0 0
2001–02 HC České Budějovice Czech 47 6 11 17 12
2002–03 HC České Budějovice Czech 46 3 5 8 14 4 1 0 1 2
2003–04 San Jose Sharks NHL 2 1 0 1 4
2003–04 Cleveland Barons AHL 7 2 2 4 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
NHL totals 317 91 123 214 184 39 10 6 16 18

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