Travis Zajac was born May 13, 1985 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Selected by the New Jersey Devils with their first choice, 20th overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Zajac is a graduate of the University of North Dakota.
A physical forward with a scoring touch, Zajac helped North Dakota advance to the NCAA Championship game and Frozen Four tournament in his sophomore year. After his college hockey season came to an end, he signed his first pro contract in April of 2006, and made his pro hockey debut shortly after with the Devils' AHL affiliate in Albany, New York.
The following season, Zajac joined the New Jersey Devils and centered the club's second line with former University of North Dakota teammate Zach Parise. The line was referred to as the "ZZ Pop" Line by many Devils fans. He completed his first professional season in the NHL, racking up 42 points in 80 games, and was named the 2006-07 Rookie of the Year by the Devils Fan Club.
Zajack's breakout year came during the 2009-10 season where he scored 25 goals and 67 points in all 82 games for the Devils. The following year, he was instrumental in the Devils making the 2012 Stanley Cup Final where he scored 7 goals and 14 points in 24 playoff games.
On the international stage, Zajac has represented Canada twice at the IIHF World Championship where he won a Silver Medal in 2009 and finished in fifth place in 2011.
Injuries would plague Zajac during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons, but he would appear in 80 games for the Devils in 2013-14, scoring 18 times and adding 30 assists. He would go on to appear in 74 games in each of the next two seasons, recording 25 and 42 points respectively.