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.