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PHOENIX COYOTES VS EDMONTON OILERS
Edmonton Oilers', Ales Hempsky (R), of the Czech Republic moves toward the goal against another Czech, Phoenix Coyotes Zbynek Michalek during first period action in Glendale, Arizona on October 26, 2006. (UPI Photo/Art Foxall)
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Zbyněk Michálek (born 23 December 1982) is a Czech professional ice hockey player for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Michálek played on the 2010 Czech Republic olympic hockey team along with his brother Milan.

Michálek played two seasons of junior ice hockey for Shawinigan Cataractes of the QMJHL. He was not drafted in the NHL Entry Draft, but began playing professional hockey in 2002 with the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League. He made his NHL debut during the 2003–04 season with the Minnesota Wild, the Aeros NHL affiliate. In 2005, Michálek was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes for Erik Westrum and Dustin Wood. He played five seasons for Phoenix, leading the league in blocked shots during the 2008–09 season. His excellent play continued into 2010 as he helped the Coyotes earn a playoff berth for the first time since 2002.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Zbynek Michalek."
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