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Marek Zidlicky
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Marek Zidlicky  #2

New Jersey Devils  Defenseman
NUMBER: 2 BIRTHDATE: February 3, 1977  (AGE 37)
HEIGHT: 5' 11" BIRTHPLACE: Most, Czech Republic
WEIGHT: 190 DRAFTED: NYR / 2001 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 6th   (176th overall)
Next appearance will be the 700th of his NHL career...Among NHL d'men since 2003-04, ranks 12th with 699 GP, 15th with 78g, ninth (tie, B. Rafalski) with 289a, 11th with 367 pts and fourth (tie, 3 others) with 53 PPG…2013-14: Finished first among Devils’ d'men/fifth on team with 12g-30a-42pts; 12g were second-most (tie, ’08-09) of NHL career (14, ‘03-04)...Led squad with 8 PPG; was team’s first rear-guard since 2003-04 (S. Niedermayer, 9) to accomplish feat…Also led club with 60 PIM; was first d'man since ‘05-06 (C. White, 91) to do so…Totaled 9 multi-point games, including three 2g efforts: Apr. 13 vs. Boston, Jan. 3 vs. Chi. and Dec. 21 at Wsh...Notched 2nd career OT goal Jan. 11 vs. Fla...Recorded points in season-high 4 consecutive games Mar. 4-11 (1g-4a-5pts)...Missed game Dec. 7 at NYR with upper body injury...Represented Czech Republic at Olympics for 3rd time; had 2g-2a-4pts in 5 games in Sochi.
Traded to Nashville by NY Rangers with Rem Murray and Tomas Kloucek for Mike Dunham, December 12, 2002. Signed as a free agent by HIFK Helsinki (Finland), September 17, 2004. Traded to Minnesota by Nashville for Ryan Jones and Minnesota's 2nd round choice (Charles-Olivier Roussel) in 2009 Entry Draft, July 1, 2008. Traded to New Jersey by Minnesota for Kurtis Foster, Nick Palmieri, Stepahane Veilleux, Washington's 2nd round choice (previously acquired, later traded to Minnesota Minnesota selected Raphael Bussieres) in 2012 Entry Draft and New Jersey's 3rd round choice (later traded to NY Islanders NY Islanders selected Eamon McAdam), February 24 2012. Signed as a free agent by Kladno (CzRep), September 9, 2012.
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He seemed to thrive on his own and didn't really need any push from me. I certainly don't want to get in the way of the coaches. You see how that goes sometimes. I never really worried about it and just enjoyed the ride.

— David Ekblad on his son's [Aaron Ekblad] journey to the NHL, signing with the Florida Panthers