Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Miroslav Zalesak
Miroslav Zalesak was born January 2, 1980 in Skalica, Slovakia. The fourth round, 104th overall selection of the San Jose Sharks in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Zalesak played two seasons in Slovakia before joining the QMJHL's Drummondville Voltigeurs in 1998-99.

An offensively gifted player, Zalesak played two seasons with Drummondville scoring 74 goals and 88 assists for 162 points while suiting up for his homeland at the 2000 World Juinor Championships.

Following a short yet successful junior career, Zalesak made his professional debut with San Jose's AHL affiliate in Kentucky in 2000-01 and was a member of the AHL's Cleveland Barons after the team re-located from Kentucky following the 2000-01 season. In each of his first three seasons, Zalesak has seen his offensive totals increase and was rewarded for his strong play in 2002-03 suiting up for ten games with the parent club in San Jose.

After getting a taste of the NHL in 2002-03, Zalesak continued to hone his skills in the AHL in 2003-04, establishing a career high 75 points (35-40-75)before having his rights acquired by the Washington Capitals in the summer of 2005.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1995-96 HC Nitra Jr. Slovak-Jr. 49 53 29 82
1996-97 HC Corgon Nitra Jr. Slovak-Jr. 58 51 31 82
1997-98 MHC Plastika Nitra Jr. Slovak-Jr. 27 32 29 61 30
1997-98 MHC Plastika Nitra Slovakia 30 8 6 14 0
1998-99 MHC Plastika Nitra Slovakia 15 4 3 7 10
1998-99 Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 45 24 27 51 18 -6
1998-99 Slovakia WJC-A 5 2 1 3 4
1999-00 Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 60 50 61 111 40 +26 16 7 11 18 4
1999-00 Slovakia WJC-A 7 1 2 3 2 +1
2000-01 Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 60 14 11 25 26 -1 3 0 1 1 4
2001-02 Cleveland Barons AHL 74 22 20 42 44 -14
2002-03 San Jose Sharks NHL 10 1 2 3 0 -2
2002-03 Cleveland Barons AHL 50 27 22 49 35 -16
2003-04 San Jose Sharks NHL 2 0 0 0 0 -1
2003-04 Cleveland Barons AHL 72 35 40 75 80 +8 9 1 4 5 14
2004-05 HK 36 Skalica Slovakia 18 11 14 25 18
2004-05 HC Chemopetrol Litvinov CzRep 30 6 6 12 26 6 1 1 2 0
2005-06 Sodertalje SK Sweden 43 16 9 25 28
2005-06 Sodertalje SK Sweden-Q 9 1 3 4 4
2005-06 Slovakia WC-A 7 0 1 1 2 -1
2006-07 HC Ocelari Trinec CzRep 11 2 0 2 6 1 1 0 1 32
2007-08 HC Ocelari Trinec CzRep 25 4 5 9 55
2007-08 HK 36 Skalica Slovakia 21 13 16 29 20 10 3 5 8 31
2008-09 HK 36 Skalica Slovakia 38 13 33 46 62 17 2 9 11 16
2009-10 HK 36 Skalica Slovakia 47 26 14 40 76 7 2 1 3 6
2009-10 Slovakia WC-A 3 0 0 0 0 -1
2010-11 HK 36 Skalica Slovakia 52 23 33 56 88
2010-11 HC Kosice Slovakia 6 5 3 8 4 14 8 8 16 4
2011-12 HC Kosice Slovakia 54 15 32 47 36 16 7 5 12 18
2012-13 Pirati Chomutov CzRep 53 9 13 22 57
NHL Totals 12 1 2 3 0


Signed as a free agent by Skalica (Slovakia), September 17, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Litvinov (CzRep), November 19, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Washington, August 8, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Sodertalje (Sweden). October 7, 2005.
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