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Michal Rozsival
Michal Rozsival
Defenseman
(ROH-zih-vahl, MIGH-kuhl)
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 210
Shoots: Right
Born: Sep 3, 1978  (Age 36)
Birthplace: Vlasim, Czech Republic
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Acquired: Signed as a free agent on September 6, 2005.
Drafted: PIT / 1996 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 4th (105th overall)
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
2009-10: Ranked second on the team in blocked shots and road plus/minus rating (plus-6), and third in average icetime. ... Ranked second among team defensemen in assists, third in plus/minus rating and fourth in points. … One of four Rangers to skate in all 82 games. ... The Rangers posted a record of 10-2-6 when he registered a point. … Served as Alternate Captain for five games -- from Mar. 27 at Toronto to Apr. 3 at Florida, and Apr. 11 at Philadelphia -- while Ryan Callahan was not in the lineup. ... Logged a season-high 30:24 of icetime on Mar. 25 at New Jersey. ... Skated in his 600th career NHL game on Jan. 9 at Boston. 2008-09: Appeared in 76 games with the Rangers, registering eight goals and 22 assists for 30 points, along with 52 penalty minutes. ... Ranked second on the team with 113 blocked shots. ... Posted eight multi-point performances on the season. ... Notched two goals, including one power play/penalty shot tally and the overtime game-winner, on Dec. 17 at Los Angeles; His second goal of the contest was the 50th of his career. ... Delivered five hits while skating in his 500th NHL game on Nov. 17 vs. the Senators. 2007-08: Skated in 80 games with the Rangers, registering 13 goals and 25 assists for 38 points, along with 80 penalty minutes ... Tied for seventh among all NHL defensemen in goals (13) ... Led all team defensemen in goals (13), assists (25) and points (38) ... Led the team in average icetime per game (24:33) and blocked shots (128) ... Logged a season-high, 30:28 of icetime on Apr. 4 vs. the Islanders ... Blocked a  season-high, six shots on Jan. 29 at Carolina ... Tallied a career-high, three assists and posted a plus-two rating in a 4-0 win vs. the Penguins on Dec. 18 ... Registered a shorthanded goal, his second in as many games, on Nov. 19 vs. the Islanders ... Notched two goals, including the first shorthanded tally of his career, on Nov. 17 at Pittsburgh ... Notched the Rangers' first goal of the season at 0:37 of the first period, while registering a game-high, plus-four rating on Oct. 4 vs. Florida, while skating in his 400th NHL contest ... Also appeared in 10 post-season contests with the Rangers, recording one goal and five assists for six points, along with 10 penalty minutes ... His five playoff assists ranked fourth on the team.  2006-07: Appeared in 80 games with the Rangers, registering 10 goals and 30 assists for 40 points, along with 52 penalty minutes … Established career-highs in goals (10), assists (30), points (40), power play goals (seven), and average icetime (23:46) … Led the team in total icetime per game (23:46) … Ranked first on the team in goals (10), assists (30), points (40), power play goals (seven) and shots on goal (104) among defensemen … Led the team with 161 blocked shots … Tied for fourth on the team with three game-winning goals and tied for fifth on the team with seven power play goals … Tied a season/career-high with a four-game point scoring streak from Mar. 25 at NY Islanders to Apr. 1 vs. Toronto (one goal and three assists) … Tallied his career-high 10th goal of the season, a power play tally, and tied a team-high with four blocked shots on Apr. 1 vs. Toronto … Registered his 100th career assist and logged a team-high 26:13 of total icetime on Mar. 25 at NY Islanders; Also recorded four blocked shots and three takeaways in the game … Posted a three-game point scoring streak from Mar. 17 vs. Boston to Mar. 21 vs. Philadelphia (one goal and two assists) … Registered an assist on Jaromir Jagr's game-winning goal on Mar. 19 vs. Pittsburgh … Tallied the game-winning goal, a power play tally, and recorded a game-high seven blocked shots (also a season-high) on Mar. 17 vs. Boston … Logged a season-high 30:47 of total icetime on Mar. 16 at Atlanta … Delivered a season-high six hits on Mar. 10 at Pittsburgh … Tallied two power play goals, including the game-winner, and posted a plus-two rating on Feb. 10 at Washington (First Star); Marked his first career multi-goal game … Registered an assist and tied a season-high with a plus-three rating on Feb. 9 vs. Tampa Bay … Returned to the lineup and picked up an assist on Feb. 5 vs. Detroit after missing two games with a mild MCL sprain suffered on Jan. 29 at Boston … Tallied the game-winning goal and posted a plus-one rating on Jan. 29 at Boston … Registered a goal and an assist, both on the power play, along with a team-high three blocked shots on Jan. 6 at Montreal … Posted a career-high four-game point scoring streak (one goal and four assists) from Dec. 30 vs. Washington to Jan. 6 at Montreal … Registered an assist and tied a season-high with a plus-three rating on Jan. 4 vs. Philadelphia … Posted a three-game point scoring streak (one goal and three assists) from Dec. 10 vs. Florida to Dec. 14 at Dallas … Registered an assist, had a season-high four shots on goal, blocked three shots and posted a plus-one rating on Dec. 12 at Philadelphia … Tallied a power play goal, recorded an assist, posted a plus-one rating and earned Second Star honors on Dec. 10 vs. Florida; Marked his first multi-point game of the season … Picked up an assist on Martin Straka's overtime game-winner, blocked three shots, recorded five hits and posted a plus-one rating on Nov. 25 at Pittsburgh … Assisted on Jaromir Jagr's overtime game-winning power play goal on Nov. 1 at Anaheim … Picked up his 100th career NHL point with a power play assist and recorded a game-high four blocked shots on Oct. 28 at Phoenix … Picked up an assist on Brendan Shanahan’s game-winning goal, posted a plus-one rating and blocked a game-high five shots on Oct. 5 vs. Washington, after not playing in the pre-season due to arthroscopic knee surgery performed on Sept. 20, 2006 ... Skated in 10 postseason games with the Rangers, registering three goals and four assists, along with a plus-six rating and 10 penalty minutes ... Tied for eighth in the NHL in scoring among defensemen with seven points in the playoffs ... Led the team in average icetime (24:44) and blocked shots (25) in the postseason ... Tied for second on the team with two power play goals and a plus-six rating in the playoffs. 2005-06: Appeared in all 82 games with the Rangers, registering five goals and 25 assists for 30 points, along with 90 penalty minutes Established career-highs in games played (82), assists (25), points (30), plus/minus (plus-35), penalty minutes (90) and shots on goal (115) ... Tied for first in the NHL with a plus-35 rating ... Led the team in average icetime per game (22:27) and scoring among defensemen (30 points) Ranked second on the team in penalty minutes (90) and third on the team with 118 blocked shots Posted a plus-two rating and recorded an assist on Petr Prucha's first period goal, earning Third Star honors on Mar. 29 vs. Islanders Registered a season-high three points (power play goal and two assists), along with a plus-two rating, and earned First Star honors on Mar. 20 vs. Boston Appeared in his 300th career game on Mar. 11 at Montreal Registered an assist on Jaromir Jagr's game-winning, power play goal on Feb. 4 at Philadelphia Tallied a goal and an assist (Third Star), along with a season-high, plus-four rating on Jan. 28 vs. Pittsburgh Notched the game-winning goal and added an assist (Second Star) on Jan. 19 at Pittsburgh, marking his first multi-point game as a Ranger Notched his first goal as a Ranger, a game-winning power play tally, on Nov. 19 vs. Carolina Registered his first point as a Ranger with an assist on Oct. 13 vs. New Jersey Made his Rangers debut on Oct. 5 at Philadelphia ... Appeared in four playoff games, registering one assist along with eight penalty minutes ... Ranked second on the team with eight penalty minutes in the postseason. 2004-05: Appeared in 51 games with HC Ocelari Trinec and HC Moeller Pardubice of the Czech Republic Extraleague (Czech),registering two goals and 13 assists for 15 points, along with 70 penalty minutes ... At season's end, he led all Pardubice defensemen in penalty minutes (70), and tied for third in assists (13) and fourth in points (15) among team blueliners ... In 16 post-season contests, tallied one goal and two assists, along with 34 penalty minutes, and helped his club capture the 2005 Extraleague championship ... Teammates during the 2004-05 season included Milan Hejduk and Petr Prucha. 2003-04: Missed entire season to injury sustained in training camp … Played in only one game for Wilkes-Barre in the AHL, recording two penalty minutes.  2002-03: Recorded four goals and six assists, along with 40 penalty minutes in 53 games with the Penguins … Recorded his first point of the season with an assist on Oct. 14 at Toronto ... Skated in his 200th NHL game on Dec. 19 vs. New Jersey … Missed 29 games from Nov. 18 to Dec. 17 due to injury, including 15 home games with a separated shoulder … Recorded three points in 14 games against Atlantic Division teams.  2001-02: Skated in 30 games with the Penguins, recording one goal and four assists, along with 26 penalty minutes … Posted a point in consecutive games Dec. 10 at Detroit and Dec. 13 vs. Toronto. 2001-02: Led Penguins defensemen with nine goals, 20 assists and 29 points, setting career-highs in all categories … Also played in a career-high 79 games … Tied for eighth on the team in goals, ranked seventh in assists, seventh in points, sixth in power play goals (four), seventh in power play assists (seven), seventh in power play points (11), third in game-winning goals (four), second in blocked shots (116) and sixth in hits (89) … Scored goals in consecutive games on Oct. 23 at Atlanta (GWG) and Oct. 24 vs. Dallas … Posted six multiple-point games, all with two points - Nov. 24 vs. Buffalo, Jan. 8 vs. Boston, Mar. 5 vs. Florida, Mar. 11 vs. from Columbus, Mar. 16 at Los Angeles, and Mar. 24 vs. Washington … Tallied the game-winning goal in overtime on Feb. 28 at Columbus … Registered a season -high plus-3 on Mar. 5 vs. Florida. 2000-01: Skated in 30 games with the Penguins, recording one goal and four assists, along with 26 penalty minutes … Posted a point in consecutive games Dec. 10 at Detroit and Dec. 13 vs. Toronto. 1999-2000: Ranked second among Penguins defensemen in points (21), tied for second in goals (four), third in assists (17) and third in plus/minus (plus-11) … Ranked third among all rookie defensemen in assists, trailing only Brian Rafalski of New Jersey (27) and Brad Stuart of San Jose (26) … Tied for third in points among rookie defensemen … Notched his first NHL point with an assist on Oct. 8 vs. Colorado … Scored his first NHL goal on Dec. 15 at Carolina (Arturs Irbe).

MINOR LEAGUE CAREER
Appeared in 79 career AHL games with the Syracuse Crunch and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, registering 11 goals and 30 assists for 41 points, along with 106 penalty minutes. 1998-99: Tallied three goals and 22 assists, along with 72 penalty minutes in 49 games with Syracuse (AHL) to rank fourth among defensemen in points (25) Tied for fifth on the team in assists Missed most of the season with a knee injury. 2003-04: Missed entire season due to an injury sustained in training camp Played in only one game for Wilkes-Barre in the AHL, recording two penalty minutes. 2000-01: Was assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Dec. 28 and spent the remainder of the season there, collecting 16 points in 29 games Missed nine games due to an injured shoulder and eight games with a knee injury in Wilkes-Barre Ranked second on the team and third in the league with 22 playoff points in 21 games His 19 assists in the playoffs led the league Had a point in 15 of 21 postseason games Recorded four points on May 9 in Game Three of the Western Conference Finals at Hershey.

JUNIOR CAREER
Skated in 134 career games with Swift Current of the Western Hockey League (WHL), registering 22 goals and 86 assists for 108 points, along with 202 penalty minutes. 1997-98: Finished third in scoring on Swift Current with 69 points in 71 games Led the Broncos with 55 assists and ranked sixth with 122 penalty minutes Named to the WHL East First All-Star Team Added five assists and 33 penalty minutes in 12 playoff games. 1996-97: Was third among Swift Current defensemen with 39 points in 63 games.

EUROPEAN CAREER
2004-05: Appeared in 51 games with HC Ocelari Trinec and HC Moeller Pardubice of the Czech Republic Extraleague, registering two goals and 13 assists, along with 70 penalty minutes ... Led Pardubice defensemen in penalty minutes, tied for third in assists and fourth in points among team blueliners ... In 16 postseason contests, tallied one goal and two assists, along with 34 penalty minutes, helping the club capture the 2005 Extraleague championship.

INTERNATIONAL CAREER

2009-10: Won gold medal with Czech Republic at 2010 World Championship tournament at Cologne, Germany, on May 23. ... Led team in average icetime with 22:22 and had two assists in nine games.

BACKGROUND
Lists former Rangers defenseman Brian Leetch as his hockey idol. ... His most memorable hockey moment was his NHL debut, and winning the 2004-05 Czech Extraliga championship with HC Pardubice. ... Enjoys playing golf. ... Married: wife, Jana; sons, Dominick and Daniel.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS
June 22, 1996 -- Pittsburgh's fourth round choice, 105th overall, in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. Sept. 6, 2005 -- Signed with the Rangers as an unrestricted free agent.

LONGEST POINT STREAK: 4 (twice), last - 3/25/07 - 4/1/07 (one goal, three assists)

LONGEST GOAL STREAK:
2 (three times), last - 12/23/08- 11/2
9/08 (two goals)

LONGEST ASSIST STREAK: 4, 12/30/06 - 1/6/07 (one goals and four assists)

MOST GOALS, GAME:
2 (three times) last -  Dec. 17, 2008 at LA (LaBarbera)

MOST ASSISTS, GAME:
3, Dec. 18, 2007, vs. PIT

MOST POINTS, GAME: 3 (twice), last - Dec. 18, 2007 vs. PIT

MOST PIM, GAME: 12 (two times), last, Feb. 12, 2010, at PIT

MOST SHOTS, GAME: 6, Oct. 8, 2005 at N.J.

FIRST NHL GAME: Oct. 1, 1999 (Pittsburgh at Dallas)

FIRST NHL GOAL: Dec. 15, 1999 (Pittsburgh at Carolina) (Irbe)

FIRST NHL ASSIST:
Oct. 8, 1999 (Pittsburgh vs. Colorado)