Posted by: Adventures in Pucking | February 24, 2012

Man of the Day 2/23: Milan Michalek

Milan Michálek

Born December 7, 1984 (age 27) in Jindřichův Hradec, Czechoslovakia

Left winger for the Ottawa Senators

After his amazing night on Wednesday, I thought I’d find out more about him. Milan played three years with HC České Budějovice before he was drafted in 2003 by the San Jose Sharks, and rather than stay in the Czech Republic another year, he went straight to the NHL and played in his first game (scored his first NHL goal as well), but then he tore his right ACL in the next game and needed surgery. After that, he played in the AHL with the old Cleveland Barons (now the Worcester Sharks) and injured his knee again. While other guys spent the lockout year playing with AHL teams or overseas, he stayed home and rehabbed his injury. When he joined the Sharks in the 2005-06 season, he scored 17 goals in 35 points, which got him named their rookie of the year. In the next season, he scored 26 goals and 66 points as well as getting a contract extension that would keep him with the team through 2014. By the 2007-08 season he was on the top line with Joe Thornton, and he was right behind Jumbo Joe in points and goals.

What is your face even.

In September 2009, Milan and Jonathan Cheechoo were traded to Ottawa for Dany Heatley and a fifth round draft pick, and within a month he scored his first career hat trick. By December, he scored against his old team twice in a loss against them. It’s been a rough season for Milan this time, as he suffered a concussion when he collided with his teammate Erik Karlsson in December 2011 and missed five games. At that time, he was leading the league in goals, but he’s bumped that up to 27, including the two against the Capitals on Wednesday. He really knows how to bounce back!

Milan and his brother hanging out. They so cute!

– Krista

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