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Encyclopedia > Marek Zidlicky

Marek Židlický (Born February 3, 1977, in Most, Czechoslovakia), is a professional ice hockey player. February 3 is the 34th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... Most (German: Brüx) is a city in the northwest of the Czech Republic, in Ústí nad Labem Region. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ...


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 6th choice of the New York Rangers. He plays for the Nashville Predators. The 2001 NHL Entry Draft was held in June at the National Car Rental Center in Sunrise, Florida. ... June 24 is the 175th day of the year (176th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 190 days remaining. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... The New York Rangers (NYR) are a National Hockey League (NHL) team based in New York City, New York. ... The Nashville Predators are a National Hockey League (NHL) team based in Nashville, Tennessee. ...

Židlický had a very strong 2000-2001 season with HIFK Helsinki of the Finnish Elite League ranking 3rd 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 defenseman. This was enough for the Rangers to draft him in the NHL entry draft that next summer. HIFK is an ice hockey team in the SM-liiga. ... logo of SM-liiga SM-liiga is the top professional ice hockey league in Finland. ...

However, Židlický and the Rangers could never agree to contract terms. The major sticking point was that Židlický wanted at two-way contract which would pay him the same amount of money regardless of whether he was playing in the NHL or the 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. A two-way contract would make it more likely to for him to be able to get ice time in a Ranger's uniform. However, the Rangers would not agree to such a deal. Because of these contract differences, Židlický opted to stay in Finland and continue playing for HIFK Helsinki. This logo is being used to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the AHLs founding. ...

Židlický had two more very strong years for HIFK Helsinki 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 two-way contract, and unwilling to give him one, the Rangers traded him, along with Rem Murray and Tomas Kloucek for Mike Dunham on December 12, 2002 to the Nashville Predators. Mike Dunham (born June 1, 1972 in Johnson City, New Jersey, USA) is a professional ice hockey goaltender who currently plays for the NHLs Atlanta Thrashers. ... December 12 is the 346th day (347th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 19 days remaining. ... 2002 (MMII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

The following summer the Predators offered him a two-way contract and Židlický joined the Predators in Nashville for the 2003-04 NHL season. This 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). The 2003-04 NHL season was the 87th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... October 10 is the 283rd day of the year (284th in Leap years). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim are a National Hockey League (NHL) team based in Anaheim, California. ... The Dallas Stars are a National Hockey League (NHL) team based in Dallas, Texas. ...

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. The Detroit Red Wings are a National Hockey League (NHL) team based in Detroit, Michigan, USA. // Facts Founded: 1926 Formerly known as: Cougars 1926-1930, Falcons 1930-1932 Home arena: Joe Louis Arena Former Home Arenas: Windsor Arena (1926-27); Detroit Olympia (1927-1979) Uniform colors: Red and white. ...

During the 2004-05 NHL lockout Židlický returned to play for HIFK Helsinki. The 2004-05 NHL lockout resulted in the cancellation of what would have been the 88th season of the National Hockey League (NHL). ...

For the early part of Żidlický's career, his last name was pronounced (Zid-lits-key). In the early part of the 2005-06 season, his name began to be pronounced (Zhid-lit-skee).

[erratum: A "two-way contract" does just the opposite of what is described by this author. It pays the athlete one salary while he's skating with the NHL club and a lesser salary when he's sent down to the minor league affiliate. It would have made Židlický less likely to have been brought up - not more likely. My hunch is that it was Ranger boss Glen Sather who was attempting to get Marek's signature on a two-way deal. Evidently, Židlický balked.]




  • Nashville Predator's franchise record for points by a defenseman in a season (53).
  • Nashville Predator's franchise record for assists in a game (5).
  • Nashville Predator's franchise record for power play points in a season (35).

Career Statistics

International Play

2006 Winter Olympics Czech national men's hockey team players
Jan Bulis | Petr Cajanek | Patrik Elias | Martin Erat | Milan Hejduk | Ales Hemsky
Jaromir Jagr | Robert Lang | Rostislav Olesz | Vaclav Prospal
Martin Rucinsky | Martin Straka | David Vyborny
Frantisek Kaberle | Tomas Kaberle | Filip Kuba
Pavel Kubina | Marek Malik
Jaroslav Spacek | Marek Zidlicky
Dominik Hasek | Milan Hnilicka | Tomas Vokoun
Coach: Alois Hadamczik

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Zidlicky (upper body injury) was able to skate in Monday's practice and could be in the lineup on Tuesday, the Nashville Tennessean reports.
Zidlicky has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in his last eight games, and is now second in the NHL in scoring by a defenseman with 48 points, tied with Chris Pronger and Bryan McCabe.
Zidlicky, the leading scorer among NHL defensemen entering Tuesday night's games, missed practice Tuesday due to the flu, but is expected to play Wednesday against Vancouver, the Nashville Tennessean reports.
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