Born December 23, 1982 (age 29) in Jindřichův Hradec, Czechoslovakia
Defenseman for the Pittsburgh Penguins
Now we take a look at Milan’s big brother. Z didn’t take the same route as his bro – he played for the Shawinigan Cataractes in the QMJHL and wasn’t drafted. He did sign a contract with the Houston Aeros in 2002 and played a full season with them before splitting the next season between the Aeros and the Minnesota Wild. He stayed with the Aeros during the lockout season, but by 2005 he was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes.
He played five seasons with the Coyotes, staying fairly consistent in points and even leading the league in hits for the 2008-9 season. But he became a UFA in 2010, and because of his strong defensive skills the Pittsburgh Penguins signed him to a five-year contract. This season’s not going so well, with numerous injuries and a hit by Alex Ovechkin that landed Ovi a three-game suspension (the very one for which he benched himself for the ASG).
Here’s a cute fact: the Michalek boys have played together twice – once for the Czech Olympic team in 2010 and again for the Czech team at the World Championships. Depending on where the Pens and Sens end up after the regular season this year, they may just do it again!