The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms with defenseman Michal Rozsival (ROH-zih-vahl, MEE-khahl) on a one-year contract.

 

Rozsival, 34, recorded 13 points (G, 12A), 34 penalty minutes and a +8 plus/minus rating in 54 regular-season games with the Phoenix Coyotes in 2011-12. The Vlasim, Czech Republic, native helped Phoenix reach the 2012 Western Conference Final for the first time in franchise history, posting two PIM, 31 hits and 28 blocked shots in 15 games.

 

Originally selected in the fourth round (105th overall) of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins, the blueliner has appeared in 756 career regular-season National Hockey League games, tallying 260 points (64G, 196A), a +58 rating and 589 PIM across 12 seasons with the Penguins (1999-2003), New York Rangers (2005-2011) and Coyotes (2011-2012). He has reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs seven times, notching 14 points (4G, 10A), a +2 rating and 40 PIM in 52 games.

 

Rozsival has twice represented his country at the World Championship, including a gold medal run at the 2010 World Championship in Cologne where he collected two assists and four PIM in nine games. He has also posted 41 points (11G, 30A) in 79 career American Hockey League regular-season games.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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