Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Zenon Konopka
Zenon Konopka was born January 2, 1981 in Niagara Falls, ON. Undrafted, Konopka played four seasons in the OHL with the Ottawa 67's tallying 185 points (53-132-185) before making his professional debut in 2002-03.

After four seasons in the OHL, Konopka split his 2002-03 season with the AHL's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and the ECHL's Wheeling Nailers where he would finish the season with 70 points (22-48-70). The following year, the former 67 spent the better part of the season with the AHL's Utah Grizzlies while also seeing action with the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL.

In the summer of 2004, Konopka signed as a free agent with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks and went on to suit up for the club's AHL affiliate in Cincinnati for the 2004-05 season. After a full season in the AHL, Konopka went on to make his NHL debut with the Ducks in 2005-06, while spending the majority of the season in the AHL with the Portland Pirates.

In January of 2007, following stints in Syracuse of the AHL the Anaheim Ducks traded Konopka with Curtis Glencross and a conditional 7th round selection in 2007 or 2008 to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Joe Motzko, Mark Hartigan and a 4th round selection in 2007.

With the Lightning in 2009-10, Konopka established himself as one of the NHL's best and most willing pugilists, leading the league with 265 penalty minutes.

In the summer of 2010 the Lightning underwent a management change and the tough guy was not in the club's future plans. On July 2, he signed with the New York Islanders as an unrestricted free agent.

During his first season with the Islanders Konopka would lead all NHL players in penalty minutes. His 307 were nearly 100 more than anyone else in the league. At year's end however, Konopka was once again a free agent and this time signed on with the Ottawa Senators.

Konopka's time in the nation's capital would be short-lived. He appeared on 55 games for the Sens during 2011-12 and provided the club with some needed toughness, but found himself a free agent once more at the conclusion of the year. On July 1, 2012, he inked a deal with the Minnesota Wild. He would spend the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season with the club as well as the early portion of the 2013-14 campaign before being waived by the Wild. Konopka was subsequently claimed by the Buffalo Sabres and would join the club for the remainder of the year.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1998-99 Ottawa 67's OHL 56 7 8 15 62 +13 7 0 0 0 2
1999-00 Ottawa 67's OHL 59 8 11 19 107 +3 11 1 2 3 8
2000-01 Ottawa 67's OHL 66 20 45 65 120 +4 20 7 13 20 47
2001-02 Ottawa 67's OHL 61 18 68 86 100 +23 13 8 6 14 49
2002-03 Wilkes-Barre Scranton Pens AHL 4 0 1 1 9
2002-03 Wheeling Nailers ECHL 68 22 48 70 231
2003-04 Utah Grizzlies AHL 43 7 4 11 198
2003-04 Idaho Steelheads ECHL 23 6 22 28 82 17 9 8 17 30
2004-05 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 75 17 29 46 212 12 3 3 6 26
2005-06 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 23 4 3 7 48 -4
2005-06 Portland Pirates AHL 34 18 26 44 57 +27 19 11 18 29 46
2006-07 Lada Togliatti Russia 4 0 0 0 8
2006-07 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 6 0 0 0 20 -2
2006-07 Portland Pirates AHL 42 11 24 35 97 +18
2006-07 Syracuse Crunch AHL 20 9 11 20 70 +7
2007-08 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 3 0 0 0 15 0
2007-08 Syracuse Crunch AHL 62 24 31 55 194 +9 13 3 7 10 42
2008-09 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 7 0 1 1 29 -1
2008-09 Norfolk Admirals AHL 70 17 40 57 186 -15
2009-10 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 74 2 3 5 265 -11
2010-11 New York Islanders NHL 82 2 7 9 307 -14
2011-12 Ottawa Senators NHL 55 3 2 5 193 -4 6 0 2 2 2
2012-13 Minnesota Wild NHL 37 0 0 0 117 -4 2 0 0 0 0
2013-14 Minnesota Wild NHL 36 1 1 2 55 -5
2013-14 Buffalo Sabres NHL 23 0 1 1 33 -4
2014-15 Ciarko Sanok Poland 3 1 0 1 4 -1 8 2 0 2 35
NHL Totals 346 12 18 30 1082 8 0 2 2 2


ECHL All-Rookie Team (2003) Signed as a free agent by Utah (AHL), September 10, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Anaheim, September 1, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Togliatti (Russia), July 26, 2006. Traded to Columbus by Anaheim with Curtis Glencross and Anaheim's 7th round pick (Trent Vogelhuber) in 2007 NHL Draft for Mark Hartigan, Joe Motzko and Columbus' 4th round pick (Sebastian Stefaniszin) in 2007 NHL Draft, January 26, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, July 10, 2008. Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, July 2, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Ottawa, July 5, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, July 1, 2012. Claimed on waivers by Buffalo from Minnesota, January 2, 2014. Signed as a free agent by Sanok (Poland), January 30, 2015. Officially announced his retirement, April 9, 2015.
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