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Ziggy Palffy
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Born May 5, 1972 (1972-05-05) (age 44)
Skalica, Slovakia
Height
Weight
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Right wing
Shot Left
Extraliga team
F. teams
HK 36 Skalica
Pittsburgh Penguins
Los Angeles Kings
New York Islanders
Ntl. team Template:Country data SVK &
Template:Country data TCH
NHL Draft 26th overall, 1991
New York Islanders
Playing career 1990–present

Žigmund "Ziggy" Pálffy (born May 5, 1972) is is a retired Slovak professional ice hockey player who played right wing for the New York Islanders, Los Angeles Kings and the Pittsburgh Penguins between 1993–2006.

In January 2006, he announced his retirement and his comeback from retirement in the summer of 2007.

Ziggy signed a contract to play for his boyhood club HK 36 Skalica in the 2007-08 season and continued to do so until the end of his career.

He also retracted his decision from 2005 never to play for the Slovak national team again by participating at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver where he was also the flagbearer.

In July of 2013, Ziggy announced his definite retirement.

Playing CareerEdit

After a solid season in his native Czechoslovakia and an impressive stint with the Slovakian national team in the 1991 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, Ziggy was drafted by the New York Islanders in the second round of the 1991 NHL NHL Draft (26th overall).

After two more years in Slovakia, he came to North America for the 1993-94 season. He spent the majority of the 1993–94 season with the Salt Lake Golden Eagles while also making his NHL debut with the Islanders, appearing in five games, though he did not earn a single point.

The following season, Ziggy split the year between the Islanders and the Denver Grizzlies.

The 1995–96 NHL season saw Ziggy break out as an offensive scorer. In his first game of 1995–96, his team went down one goal, but he would score two goals to lead New York to a 2–1 win over the Florida Panthers.

Ziggy also scored 87 points in 81 games and quickly became the star of the Islanders franchise. The following two seasons were much the same for him, scoring 90 and 87 points, respectively. During the 1998–99 season, he was limited to only 50 games but still played solidly, scoring 50 points.

After the season, facing financial issues, the Islanders traded Ziggy and Bryan Smolinski to the Los Angeles Kings in a deal that saw Olli Jokinen, Josh Green, Mathieu Biron & a first round draft pick go to the Islanders.

He was greatly missed by the team's fans, who at that time saw him as the shining star of their turmoiled organization.

With the Kings, Ziggy continued his strong play, often being paired with fellow Slovak Jozef Stumpel and Canadian superstar Luc Robitaille. Injuries (specifically his shoulder) began to limit his playing time.

During the 2003–04 season, Ziggy's nagging shoulder kept him out of action for the majority of the season.

After the 2003–04 season, the Kings tried to resign him, but when he had a phone call with Penguins owner [[[Mario Lemieux]] and gave him his word that he would sign with the Penguins, that ended all negotiations with the Kings.

Shortly after the 2004-05 NHL lockout, Ziggy signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins for three years and $13.5 million (USD). After playing 42 games with the Penguins during the 2005–06 season, he abruptly retired from hockey.

On January 18, 2006, then-Penguins general manager Craig Patrick told reporters that Ziggy told him he was retiring due to a lingering shoulder injury. He completed his career with 329 goals and 384 assists for 713 points in 684 games over 12 NHL seasons.

In the summer of 2007, Ziggy y announced his comeback and signed a contract to play for his hometown club of HK 36 Skalica for the entire 2007–08 season.

He became the most productive player of the regular season in the Slovak Extraliga, gathering 75 points in just 46 games. Ziggy also retracted his decision never to play for the Slovak national team again.

Ziggy was named to Slovakia’s 2010 Olympic roster in Vancouver and recorded three assists with the team for a total of three points in seven games.

In July 2013, before the start of the 2013-2014 season, Ziggy announced that it was time to end his long career.

He said he was old enough, didn't feel like playing and traveling with the team after so many years, but also that he was going to miss the game of hockey since he lived for it for almost 40 years.

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1990–91 HK Nitra Czech. 50 34 16 50 18
1991–92 HK Dukla Trenčín Czech. 45 41 33 74 36
1992–93 HK Dukla Trenčín Czech. 43 38 41 79
1993–94 New York Islanders NHL 5 0 0 0 0
1993–94 Salt Lake Golden Eagles IHL 57 25 32 57 83
1994–95 New York Islanders NHL 33 10 7 17 6
1994–95 Denver Grizzlies IHL 33 20 23 43 40
1995–96 New York Islanders NHL 81 43 44 87 56
1996–97 New York Islanders NHL 80 48 42 90 43
1996–97 HK Dukla Trenčín Slovak 1 0 0 0
1997–98 New York Islanders NHL 82 45 42 87 34
1998–99 New York Islanders NHL 50 22 28 50 34
1998–99 HK 36 Skalica Slovak 9 11 8 19 6
1999–00 Los Angeles Kings NHL 64 27 39 66 32 4 2 0 2 0
2000–01 Los Angeles Kings NHL 73 38 51 89 20 13 3 5 8 8
2001–02 Los Angeles Kings NHL 63 32 27 59 26 7 4 5 9 0
2002–03 Los Angeles Kings NHL 76 37 48 85 47
2003–04 Los Angeles Kings NHL 35 16 25 41 12
2004–05 HK 36 Skalica Slovak 8 10 3 13 6
2004–05 HC Slavia Praha Czech 41 21 19 40 30 7 5 2 7 2
2005–06 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 42 11 31 42 12
2007–08 HK 36 Skalica Slovak 46 30 45 75 93 13 7 17 24 26
2008–09 HK 36 Skalica Slovak 53 52 47 99 46 17 12 15 27 12
2009–10 HK 36 Skalica Slovak 36 17 36 53 28 6 6 6 12 18
2011–12 HK 36 Skalica Slovak 48 26 57 83 76 6 3 4 7 6
2012–13 HK 36 Skalica Slovak 39 26 47 73 103 7 3 5 8 2
NHL totals 684 329 384 713 322 24 9 10 19 8
Slovak totals 240 172 243 415 358 49 31 47 78 64

International PlayEdit

Medal record
Palffy at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Palffy at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Competitor for Template:Country data TCH
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Bronze 1991 Saskatoon Ice hockey
Competitor for Template:Country data SVK
World Championships
Gold 2002 Jönköping, Ice hockey
Bronze 2003 Helsinki Ice hockey

Ziggy has represented Slovakia and Czechoslovakia in international competitions, winning a gold medal with Slovakia in the 2002 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships after he had assisted on Peter Bondra's tournament-winning goal 100 seconds to go in the third period.

Following the 2005 World Championships in Austria, he announced his retirement from the Slovak national team.

Ziggy has played in Czechslovakia for the:

He also played for Slovakia in the:

International statisticsEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1991 Czechoslovakia WJC Template:Brca 7 7 6 13 2
1991 Czechoslovakia CC 6th 5 1 0 1 2
1992 Czechoslovakia WJC 5th 6 3 1 4 6
1994 Slovakia Oly 6th 8 3 7 10 8
1996 Slovakia WC 5th 5 2 0 2 10
1996 Slovakia WCH 3 1 2 3 2
1999 Slovakia WC 7th 6 5 5 10 6
2002 Slovakia Oly 13th 1 0 0 0 0
2002 Slovakia WC Template:Goca 3 1 6 7 2
2003 Slovakia WC Template:Brca 9 7 8 15 18
2005 Slovakia WC 5th 7 5 4 9 10
2010 Slovakia Oly 4th 7 0 3 3 8
Junior totals 13 10 7 17 8
Senior totals 54 25 35 60 66

AccoladesEdit

Czechoslovak Extraliga

  • Champion – 1991–92
  • Most Assists – 1992–93
  • Most Goals – 1991–92
  • Most Points – 1991–92, 1992–93
  • Rookie of the Year – 1990–91

NHL

  • All-Star Game – 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002

Olympics

  • Most Assists - 1994
  • Most Points - 1994

Slovak Extraliga

  • All-Star Team – 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013
  • Most Assists – 2011–12
  • Most Goals – 2008–09
  • Most Points – 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2011–12, 2012–13

World Junior Championships (U20)

  • Bronze Medal – 1991

World Championships

  • Bronze Medal – 2003
  • Gold Medal – 2002
  • Most Points – 2003

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