Michal and his wife have a son and spend their summers in the Czech Republic… Michal started playing hockey when he was 5 years old, and his parents were the biggest influences on his career… His first youth team was HC Zlin, and his favorite player was Jaromir Jagr… His favorite team growing up was the Ottawa Senators, the team he ultimately scored his first NHL goal against… Michal’s favorite television show is Two and a Half Men, favorite movie is Gladiator, favorite actor is Will Ferrell and favorite book is American Sniper… His first job was working as the intermission mascot for the professional hockey team in his hometown… Michal’s twitter handle is @TheBigCzech23… His favorite food is steak, favorite vacation spot is Croatia and favorite sport to play other than hockey is tennis… He is a soccer fan, and his favorite athlete outside of hockey is Chelsea’s Petr Cech… Michal’s most memorable hockey moment was his first NHL game… His favorite road city is Montreal, favorite road arena is Joe Louis Arena and favorite team to play against is Detroit… The best advice he has ever been given is to “get better every day”… When away from the rink, his favorite activity is going for a walk with his family.
Completed his second NHL season with Carolina… Established career highs in goals (2), assists (4) and games played (38)… Ranked sixth on the team with 61 blocked shots in just 38 games… Also earned 11 points (2g, 9a) in 30 games on the American Hockey League (AHL) level with Charlotte (AHL)… Recalled from Charlotte (AHL) on 11/10 and returned to the AHL the following day without playing in a game… Recalled from Charlotte for the second time on 11/25… Made his NHL season debut and skated 14:59 at FLA (11/26)… Skated a career-high 20:54 vs. MTL (12/29)… Reassigned to Charlotte (AHL) on 1/8… Recalled from Charlotte (AHL) on 2/13… Earned his first NHL/Hurricanes point with an assist and was (+1) at MIN (2/14)… Beat Andrew Hammond for his first NHL goal and added an assist for his first multi-point game at OTT (2/16)… Reassigned to Charlotte (AHL) on 2/19… Recalled from Charlotte (AHL) on 2/21… Scored his second goal of the season goal at NYI (2/28)… Recorded an assist and was a season-high (+2) vs. EDM (3/8)… Was a healthy extra for: 9 games… Multi-assist games: 1 (2/16 at OTT: 1g, 2a)… Multi-point games: 1 (2/16 at OTT: 1g, 2a)… Longest point streak: 2 games (2/14-2/16: 1g, 2a).
Is in his third NHL season with Carolina, after making his NHL debut in 2012-13… Signed a one-year contract with the Hurricanes on 6/18/15… Has 92 points (20g, 72a) and 124 penalty minutes in 297 career American Hockey League (AHL) games with Charlotte… Earned 102 points (31g, 71a) in 160 career Ontario Hockey League (OHL) games with Windsor and Plymouth before turning professional… Has represented the Czech Republic in international competition several times, including the 2007 and 2008 Under-18 World Junior Championships, the 2006 and 2007 Five Nations Cups, the 2008, 2009 and 2010 World Junior Championships and the 2014 and 2015 IIHF World Championships… Played nine games, earning one assist for the Czech Republic at the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Belarus… Served as captain for the Czechs at the 2010 World Junior Championship in Saskatchewan… Was named the tournament’s Best Defenseman after leading the Czech Republic to the gold medal at the 2008 Under-18 World Junior Championship.
2006-07: Prior to coming to North America, spent one season with Zlin in the Czech junior league, totaling 18 points (7g, 11a) in 40 regular-season games.
2007-08: Completed his rookie season in the OHL, totaling 28 points (6g, 22a) in 61 games with Windsor and Plymouth and earning Plymouth’s Rookie of the Year award… Made his OHL debut with Windsor and earned his first OHL point with an assist vs. Erie (9/21/08).
2008-09: Served as an alternate captain during his second OHL season with Plymouth, notching 12 goals and 30 assists (42 points) in 58 regular-season games… Was named Plymouth’s Defenseman of the Year, leading all Whalers blueliners and ranking tied for 13th among OHL defensemen in scoring… Had his first career two-goal game and was (+4) at the Soo (9/26)… Notched a goal and an assist and was (+4) at Ottawa (1/11)… Scored the game-winning goal and had an assist vs. Windsor (1/30)… Earned his first career hat trick, added an assist and was (+4) at Sarnia (2/20)… Had a four-game point streak from 2/13-2/21 (4g, 3a).
2009-10: Served as an alternate captain for the Whalers for the second consecutive season… Totaled 32 points (13g, 19a) in 41 games played… Had a 10-game scoring streak from 11/27-1/5, including a seven-game goal streak (12/4-1/15)… Scored the game-winning goal in overtime and was named first star at Saginaw (12/4)… Scored two goals and added an assist at Erie (10/31)… Appeared in nine playoff games for the Whalers, notching five assists… Had a three-game assist streak in the postseason, including a two-assist effort at Sault Ste. Marie (3/23).
2010-11: Completed his first professional season, earning 18 points (4g, 14a) in 67 regular-season games for Charlotte (AHL)… Was third among Checkers defensemen in scoring… Led Charlotte rookies and defensemen in plus/minus (+13)… Made his professional debut at Connecticut (10/9)… Earned his first professional point with an assist at Binghamton (10/29)… Had his first multi-point effort with two assists vs. Syracuse (12/6)… Netted his first AHL goal vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (1/4)… Made his professional playoff debut, earning two assists in 16 Calder Cup Playoff games for the Checkers.
2011-12: Earned AHL career high in games played (76), totaling 22 points (4g, 18a) for Charlotte… Ranked second among Checkers defensemen with 22 points (4g, 18a) and eight power-play points (8a)… Was one of just two Checkers to play all 76 games… Had his first multi-point game of the season with a goal and an assist at Rockford (11/6)… Had a career-high 15 penalty minutes, including the first fight of his AHL career, at Rockford (12/30).
2012-13: Appeared in his first NHL season, averaging 10:41 of ice time in five NHL games with Carolina… Was tied for first among Charlotte defensemen in goals (6), totaling 16 points (6g, 10a) and 22 penalty minutes in 54 games on the AHL level… His six goals were an AHL career high, despite playing in a career-low 54 games… Started for the Western Conference at the 2013 AHL All-Star Classic… Recorded his first career AHL multi-goal game, including his first AHL shorthanded goal, vs. Grand Rapids (1/17)… Recalled to Carolina on 2/14 and made his NHL debut that night vs. TOR… Reassigned to Charlotte for the balance of the season on 2/25… Left the game vs. Houston (3/10) due to injury and missed the remainder of the regular season (16 games)… After missing the first four games of the postseason due to injury, returned to the lineup for the first time since 3/10 and earned an assist in the Game 5 loss vs. Oklahoma City (5/4).
2013-14: Spent the entire season with Charlotte, establishing AHL career highs in assists (21) and points (25)… Led Checkers defensemen in assists… Also led Charlotte blueliners and was tied for fourth on the team with 11 power-play assists… Set new single-game career highs for assists and points with a trio of helpers at Grand Rapids (10/25)… Set a career high with a plus-4 rating vs. Oklahoma City (1/23)… Recalled to Carolina on 3/10 and returned to Charlotte on 3/11 without playing a game for the Hurricanes… Picked up an assist at Iowa (3/26), giving him points in a career-best five consecutive games (1g, 5a).