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Dainius Zubrus

Dainius Zubrus
Dainius Zubrus - New Jersey Devils.jpg
Zubrus in 2014
Born (1978-06-16) June 16, 1978 (age 42)
Elektr?nai, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
Height 6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Weight 225 lb (102 kg; 16 st 1 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Philadelphia Flyers
Montreal Canadiens
Washington Capitals
Buffalo Sabres
New Jersey Devils
San Jose Sharks
National team  Russia and
 Lithuania
NHL Draft 15th overall, 1996
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career 1996–2019

Dainius Gintas Zubrus (born June 16, 1978) is a Lithuanian former professional ice hockey right winger and centre who played in the National Hockey League (NHL), the first Lithuanian to have played 1,000 games in the NHL. Drafted 15th overall in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers, Zubrus played for the Flyers, Montreal Canadiens, Washington Capitals, Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils and San Jose Sharks.

Playing career

Early career

In the summer of 1989, Zubrus moved to Kharkiv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union, to train under Ivan Pravilov on the Druzhba-78 squad, where he played until the end of 1995.[1] As a youth, he played in the 1992 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with them.[2]

Professional

Zubrus in 2010

The Philadelphia Flyers selected Zubrus 15th overall in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft from the Caledon Canadians of the Metro Junior A Hockey League, making him the highest drafted Tier II Junior "A" player since the inception of the Canadian Junior A Hockey League in 1993 (a record later surpassed when Kyle Turris was selected third at 2007 NHL Entry Draft). Prior to being traded to Caledon, Zubrus played for the Pembroke Lumber Kings of the Central Junior A Hockey League.[]

Zubrus made his NHL debut on October 5, 1996, scoring a goal against the Florida Panthers. In his rookie season, he helped the Flyers reach the 1997 Stanley Cup Finals. The Flyers traded him to the Montreal Canadiens on March 10, 1998, along with a pair of draft picks, in exchange for Mark Recchi. He registered his first career hat-trick on October 14, 2000, against the Chicago Blackhawks, and was traded to the Washington Capitals (along with Trevor Linden) in exchange for Richard Zedník and Jan Bulis on March 13, 2001.[3]

During the 2004-05 NHL lockout, Zubrus decided to play abroad with Capitals teammate Alexander Semin. He played 42 regular season games for Lada Togliatti, recording 8 goals and 11 assists for 19 points. He also appeared in ten playoff games while in the former Russian Superleague (RSL), scoring three goals and one assist.[]

Zubrus returned to the Capitals the following 2005-06 season and recorded a career-high 57 points playing alongside star rookie Alexander Ovechkin.[4] In the 2006-07 season, Zubrus continued his impressive form, posting 52 points in 60 games before he was traded on February 27, 2007, to the Buffalo Sabres (along with Timo Helbling) in exchange for Ji?í Novotný and a first round-draft pick.[5]

On July 3, 2007, as a free agent, Zubrus signed a six-year, $20.4 million contract with the New Jersey Devils.[6]

On November 23, 2008, Zubrus had one of the best offensive games in Devils history. Zubrus tied a team record with four goals to help New Jersey win its season-high fourth straight game, 7-3 over the Tampa Bay Lightning.[7] Four years later, Zubrus got to his second Stanley Cup decision, losing the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals to the Los Angeles Kings.[8] On July 4, 2013, the Devils re-signed Zubrus to a reported three-year contract.[9][10]

On July 29, 2015, after eight seasons with the Devils, Zubrus was placed on unconditional waivers for the purpose of terminating the final year of his contract.[11][12][13]

On October 27, 2015, it was announced Zubrus was invited to professional tryout (PTO) with the St. Louis Blues.[14][15] On November 6, 2015, Zubrus was released from his professional tryout after the Blues opted instead to sign Martin Havlát to a one-year contract.[16]

Zubrus with the Washington Capitals

On November 16, 2015, Zubrus was invited to a professional tryout by the San Jose Sharks.[17][18] Eight days later, he signed a contract with the Sharks, reuniting with former Devils head coach Peter DeBoer and former Devils teammate Paul Martin.[19][20] With San Jose, Zubrus reached his third Stanley Cup Finals, which the Sharks lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins.[8] He retired during the off-season.[21]

International play

Originally, Zubrus had suited up for the Russia national team during the World Cup of Hockey in 2004. But since then, he has played internationally for Lithuania, most notably in the 2005 World Championships. He had told the press, "Lithuania needs me more than Russia".[] Because of the existence of the Soviet Union, players born during its time as a nation were able to choose to play for any of the newly formed countries after the breakup, and even considered representing Ukraine due to his training there.[]

Personal life

Zubrus is married to Canadian model Nathalie Sanschagrin. They have a son, Tomas, and a daughter, Emma.[22]

Zubrus holds dual citizenship and is the citizen of Lithuania and the United States.[23][24]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1995-96 Pembroke Lumber Kings CJHL 28 19 13 32 73 -- -- -- -- --
1995-96 Caledon Canadians MetJHL 7 3 7 10 2 17 11 12 23 4
1996-97 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 68 8 13 21 22 19 5 4 9 12
1997-98 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 69 8 25 33 42 5 0 1 1 2
1998-99 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 63 3 5 8 25 -- -- -- -- --
1998-99 Montreal Canadiens NHL 17 3 5 8 4 -- -- -- -- --
1999-2000 Montreal Canadiens NHL 73 14 28 42 54 -- -- -- -- --
2000-01 Montreal Canadiens NHL 49 12 12 24 30 -- -- -- -- --
2000-01 Washington Capitals NHL 12 1 1 2 7 6 0 0 0 2
2001-02 Washington Capitals NHL 71 17 26 43 38 -- -- -- -- --
2002-03 Washington Capitals NHL 63 13 22 35 43 6 2 2 4 4
2003-04 Washington Capitals NHL 54 12 15 27 38 -- -- -- -- --
2004-05 Lada Togliatti RSL 42 8 11 19 85 10 3 1 4 22
2005-06 Washington Capitals NHL 71 23 34 57 84 -- -- -- -- --
2006-07 Washington Capitals NHL 60 20 32 52 50 -- -- -- -- --
2006-07 Buffalo Sabres NHL 19 4 4 8 12 15 0 8 8 8
2007-08 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 13 25 38 38 5 0 1 1 8
2008-09 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 15 25 40 69 7 0 1 1 10
2009-10 New Jersey Devils NHL 51 10 17 27 28 5 1 0 1 8
2010-11 New Jersey Devils NHL 79 13 17 30 53 -- -- -- -- --
2011-12 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 17 27 44 34 24 3 7 10 18
2012-13 New Jersey Devils NHL 22 2 7 9 12 -- -- -- -- --
2013-14 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 13 13 26 46 -- -- -- -- --
2014-15 New Jersey Devils NHL 74 4 6 10 42 -- -- -- -- --
2015-16 San Jose Sharks NHL 50 3 4 7 20 14 1 1 2 6
NHL totals 1,293 228 363 591 791 106 12 25 37 78

International

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
2004 Russia WCH 4 2 1 3 4
2005 Lithuania WC D1 4 3 1 4 2
2014 Lithuania WC D1B 5 2 7 9 4
2018 Lithuania WC D1B 5 0 6 6 2
2019 Lithuania WC D1A 5 1 0 1 4
Tier I senior totals 4 2 1 3 4
Tier II senior totals 19 6 14 20 12

See also

References

  1. ^ "Dainius Zubrus biography". drazhba78.com. April 6, 2012. Archived from the original on February 20, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  2. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ "Capitals acquire Linden, Zubrus, Marshall". usatoday.com. March 13, 2001. Retrieved 2009.
  4. ^ Cohn, Linda (November 10, 2006). "Ovechkin, Zubrus work well on, off the ice". ESPN. Retrieved 2010.
  5. ^ Brady, Erik (February 28, 2007). "Zubrus checks in with Sabres". usatoday.com. Retrieved 2009.
  6. ^ "Devils sign free agents Zubrus, Rachunek". usatoday.com. July 3, 2007. Retrieved 2009.
  7. ^ "D.Zubrus - geriausias NHL lygos dienos ?aid?jas". DELFI (in Lithuanian). November 24, 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  8. ^ a b Gilmore, Eric (May 28, 2016). "Sharks' Zubrus hopes third time's the charm". NHL.com. Retrieved 2016.
  9. ^ "Devils re-sign Dainius Zubrus". NHL.com. July 4, 2013. Retrieved 2020.
  10. ^ "Devils Re-Sign Elias, Zubrus; Place Hedberg On Unconditional Waivers". CBS New York. July 4, 2013. Retrieved 2020.
  11. ^ "Devils place forward Zubrus on unconditional waivers". NHL.com. July 29, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  12. ^ "Zubrus placed on unconditional waivers". NHL.com. July 30, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  13. ^ "Dainius Zubrus leaves Devils with no bitterness". NJ.com. July 30, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  14. ^ "Blues invite forwards Havlat, Zubrus for tryouts". NHL.com. October 27, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  15. ^ "Zubrus, Havlat Invited to Pro Tryouts". NHL.com. October 28, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  16. ^ "Blues Sign Havlat to One-Year Deal". NHL.com. November 6, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  17. ^ "Former Devils forward Dainius Zubrus gets tryout with Pete DeBoer's San Jose Sharks". NJ.com. November 16, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  18. ^ "Still with Sharks, Zubrus never lost will to keep playing". Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. November 18, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  19. ^ "Sharks Sign Forward Dainius Zubrus to a Two-Way Contract". NHL.com. November 24, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  20. ^ "Sharks sign Zubrus to two-way contract". NHL.com. November 24, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  21. ^ "Paskelbtas ledo ritulio rinktin?s kandidat? s?ra?as: yra ir Dainius Zubrus". lrytas.lt (in Lithuanian). February 28, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  22. ^ "L'ancien Canadien Dainius Zubrus n'écarte pas un retour à Montréal". LNH.com (in French). March 2, 2007. Retrieved 2018.
  23. ^ "Devils get into USA-Canada spirit with shootout showdown; Clowe feels "fine"". North Jersey. February 21, 2014. Retrieved 2016.
  24. ^ "D. Zubrus - apie JAV pilietyb?, KHL klubo viliones ir baim? d?l draug? gyvybi?" (in Lithuanian). Delfi. April 18, 2014. Retrieved 2016.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Brian Boucher
Philadelphia Flyers first round draft pick
1996
Succeeded by
Simon Gagné

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