Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Richard Zednik
Richard Zednik showed promise as a speedy centre with the potential to produce offensively in the NHL while representing Slovakia in the 1993 and 1994 European Junior Hockey Championships. He was the Washington Capitals 10th choice, 249th overall in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft and moved to North America to play with the WHL's Portland Winter Hawks in 1994-95, scoring 35 goals in his rookie year. He increased his offensive numbers in his sophomore year, earning Second Team All-Star honours.

Zednik represented Slovakia at the 1996 World Junior Championships and in August 1996 he played in the World Cup of Hockey tournament. Sandwiched in between these events was his NHL debut with the Capitals, on April 13, 1996, his only NHL game that season. The following season he scored his first NHL goal in a game against the Chicago Blackhawks, but spent most of the season in the AHL with the Portland Pirates.

His speed, shot and goal-scorers instinct led to his being compared with teammate Peter Bondra, but due to injury troubles it wasn't until the 1997-98 season that Zednik stuck with the Capitals on a full-time basis. On December 5, 1997, he scored the first-ever goal at the new MCI Center and in the playoffs he scored seven times as the Capitals went all the way to the Stanley Cup finals.

Injuries continued to hamper his development with the Capitals over the next two seasons and he was packaged at the 2001 trade deadline in a deal with the Montreal Canadiens, finishing the year with 19 goals in 74 games. Zednik has added some grit to his game and continues to possess the foot speed and offensive talents required of a first-line NHL forward. Upon his arrival in Montreal, Zednik has become one of the team's more durable players while seeing his offensive totals improve each season. Zednik established a career high in goals with 31 and points with 50 during the 2002-03 season and went on to duplicate his point total again in 2003-04.

In the summer of 2006, Zednik was traded by the Montreal Canadiens to the Washington Capitals in exchange for a 3rd round choice in the 2007 Entry Draft. In his first season with the Capitals, Zednik would miss 25 games with a groin injury. He returned to the club and tallied 18 points in 32 games before being dealt to the New York Islanders at the trading deadline. Zednik would compete in 10 regular season, and 5 playoff games with the Islanders before being signed in the off-season by the Florida Panthers.

As a member of the Florida Panthers, Zednik was involved in one of the most horrific on-ice incidents in NHL history. In a regular season game between Zednik's Panthers and the Buffalo Sabres, teammate Olli Jokinen's skate blade accidentally cut the external carotid artery of Zednick's neck. Zednick immediately skated to the Panther bench and was treated by team trainers until emergency personnel arrived at HSBC Arena. Although Zednik lost five units of blood that night, his life was saved in an emergency surgery which repaired his carotid artery.

Aside from his World Junior and World Cup experiences, Zednik has also represented his homeland at the World Championship (2001, 2003 and 2005), and the Winter Olympics (2006).


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1992-93 IS Banska Bystrica Czech-2
1992-93 Slovakia EJC-C 4 8 2 10 6
1993-94 SK Iskra Banska Bystrica Slovak-2 25 3 6 9
1993-94 Slovakia EJC-C 6 8 12 20 10
1994-95 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 65 35 51 86 89 9 5 5 10 20
1995-96 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 61 44 37 81 154 7 8 4 12 23
1995-96 Slovakia WJC-A 6 5 2 7 10
1995-96 Washington Capitals NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1995-96 Portland Pirates AHL 1 1 1 2 0 21 4 5 9 26
1996-97 Slovakia W-Cup 3 0 0 0 0
1996-97 Washington Capitals NHL 11 2 1 3 4 -5
1996-97 Portland Pirates AHL 56 15 20 35 70 5 1 0 1 6
1997-98 Washington Capitals NHL 65 17 9 26 28 -2 17 7 3 10 16
1998-99 Washington Capitals NHL 49 9 8 17 50 -6
1999-00 Washington Capitals NHL 69 19 16 35 54 +6 5 0 0 0 5
2000-01 Washington Capitals NHL 62 16 19 35 61 -2
2000-01 Montreal Canadiens NHL 12 3 6 9 10 -2
2000-01 Slovakia WC-A 7 2 2 4 14 +1
2001-02 Montreal Canadiens NHL 82 22 22 44 59 -3 4 4 4 8 6
2002-03 Montreal Canadiens NHL 80 31 19 50 79 +4
2002-03 Slovakia WC-A 9 5 3 8 6 +9
2003-04 Montreal Canadiens NHL 81 26 24 50 63 +5 11 3 3 6 2
2004-05 Slovakia W-Cup 3 0 0 0 0 -2
2004-05 HKm Zvolen Slovakia 36 15 19 34 56 17 9 10 19 12
2004-05 Slovakia WC-A 7 1 1 2 10 -1
2005-06 Montreal Canadiens NHL 67 16 14 30 48 -2 6 2 0 2 4
2005-06 Slovakia Olympics 6 1 0 1 12 -3
2006-07 Washington Capitals NHL 32 6 12 18 16 -4
2006-07 New York Islanders NHL 10 1 2 3 2 -2 5 0 0 0 8
2007-08 Florida Panthers NHL 54 15 11 26 43 -5
2008-09 Florida Panthers NHL 70 17 16 33 46 +2
2009-10 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL 37 6 12 18 56 17 3 5 8 22
2009-10 Slovakia Olympics 7 2 4 6 6 +2
2010-11 HC '05 Banska Bystrica Slovakia 2 0 0 0 0
2010-11 AIK IF Solna Sweden 18 2 3 5 12 3 1 1 2 0
2010-11 Slovakia WC-A 6 1 1 2 2 -3
NHL Totals 745 200 179 379 563 48 16 10 26 41


WHL West Second All-Star Team (1996) Traded to Montreal by Washington with Jan Bulis and Washington's 1st round choice (Alexander Perezhogin) in 2001 Entry Draft for Trevor Linden, Dainius Zubrus and New Jersey's 2nd round choice (previously acquired, later traded to Tampa Bay - Tampa Bay selected Andreas Holmqvist) in 2001 Entry Draft, March 13, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Zvolen (Slovakia), October 7, 2004. Traded to Washington by Montreal for Washington's 3rd round choice (Olivier Fortier) in 2007 Entry Draft, July 12, 2006. Traded to NY Islanders by Washington for NY Islanders' 2nd round choice (Theo Ruth) in 2007 Entry Draft, February 26, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Florida, July 1, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Yaroslavl (KHL), April 30, 2009.