Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Travis Zajac
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.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
2001-02 St. James Canadians MJHL
2002-03 Salmon Arm Silverbacks BCHL 59 16 36 52 27 11 2 4 6 6
2003-04 Salmon Arm Silverbacks BCHL 59 43 69 112 110 14 10 13 23 10
2004-05 University of North Dakota WCHA 45 20 19 39 16
2005-06 University of North Dakota WCHA 46 18 29 47 20
2005-06 Albany River Rats AHL 2 0 1 1 2 -3
2006-07 New Jersey Devils NHL 80 17 25 42 16 +1 11 1 4 5 4
2007-08 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 14 20 34 31 -11 5 0 1 1 4
2008-09 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 20 42 62 29 +33 7 1 3 4 6
2008-09 Canada WC-A 5 0 0 0 2 +1
2009-10 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 25 42 67 24 +22 5 1 1 2 2
2010-11 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 13 31 44 24 -6
2010-11 Canada WC-A 7 1 2 3 2 0
2011-12 New Jersey Devils NHL 15 2 4 6 4 -3 24 7 7 14 4
2012-13 New Jersey Devils NHL 48 7 13 20 22 -5
2013-14 New Jersey Devils NHL 80 18 30 48 28 +3
2014-15 New Jersey Devils NHL 74 11 14 25 29 -3
2015-16 New Jersey Devils NHL 74 14 28 42 25 +3
NHL Totals 699 141 249 390 232 52 10 16 26 20


BCHL Interior Conference First All-Star Team (2004) BCHL Interior Conference MVP (2004) WCHA All-Rookie Team (2005) NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (2005) Missed majority of 2011-12 due to leg injury during off-ice workout, August 17, 2011.
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