Zenon Konopka

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Zenon Konopka
Zenon Konopka 2011-11-25.JPG
Konopka with the Ottawa Senators in 2011.
Born(1981-01-02) January 2, 1981 (age 33)
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, CAN
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight213 lb (97 kg; 15 st 3 lb)
PositionCentre
ShootsLeft
NHL team
Former teams
Free Agent
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Columbus Blue Jackets
Tampa Bay Lightning
New York Islanders
Ottawa Senators
Minnesota Wild
Buffalo Sabres
NHL DraftUndrafted
Playing career2002–present
WebsiteZenonKonopka.com
 
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Zenon Konopka
Zenon Konopka 2011-11-25.JPG
Konopka with the Ottawa Senators in 2011.
Born(1981-01-02) January 2, 1981 (age 33)
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, CAN
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight213 lb (97 kg; 15 st 3 lb)
PositionCentre
ShootsLeft
NHL team
Former teams
Free Agent
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Columbus Blue Jackets
Tampa Bay Lightning
New York Islanders
Ottawa Senators
Minnesota Wild
Buffalo Sabres
NHL DraftUndrafted
Playing career2002–present
WebsiteZenonKonopka.com

Zenon Konopka (born January 2, 1981) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who is currently a free agent. Konopka has previously played for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Columbus Blue Jackets, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, Minnesota Wild, and Buffalo Sabres during his NHL career.

With the Lightning in 2010.

Playing career[edit]

Konopka played junior hockey with the Ottawa 67's of the OHL from 1998 to 2002, and was a member of the 1999 Memorial Cup champions. He was not drafted by a NHL team and caught on with the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL. After three minor league seasons with various teams in the ECHL and AHL, he made his NHL debut in 2005–2006, playing 23 games for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. After the Ducks were eliminated, he returned to Portland in the AHL, where he led all playoff scorers in power play goals and assists. In 2006–07, he returned to the minors, playing for Portland in the AHL. On January 26, 2007, he was traded by the Anaheim Ducks along with Curtis Glencross and a draft pick to the Blue Jackets in exchange for forwards Mark Hartigan, Joe Motzko and a draft pick. He played for Columbus's farm team in the AHL, the Syracuse Crunch, with occasional call-ups to the Blue Jackets.

On July 10, 2008, Konopka signed a two year-contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning as a free agent. In 2009, after a strong training camp, Konopka made the Lightning's roster out of training camp. On July 2, 2010, he signed with the New York Islanders as an unrestricted free agent.

Konopka was the most penalized player in 2009-10 and 2010-11 NHL seasons.

On July 5, 2011, Konopka signed a one-year contract with the Ottawa Senators. During the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, Konopka directed verbal abuse towards a New York Rangers player during a live television interview. Konopka was fined $2,500 by the NHL.[1]

On July 1, 2012, Konopka signed a two-year, $1.85-million contract with the Minnesota Wild. He reportedly had three offers on the table before accepting the deal with Minnesota.[2]

On January 3, 2014, Konopka was claimed off waivers by the Buffalo Sabres. He was not re-signed by the team at the end of the season and July 1, 2014 became an unrestricted free agent.

On May 15, 2014 Konopka was suspended for 20 games following violation of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program.[3]

Personal[edit]

Zenon Konopka is also an entrepreneur and owner of a company Prime Wine Products[4] and partners with local charities to help children's programs.[5] He was once part-owner in an Ottawa bar-restaurant called "Stout Bros."[6] and has run the "Zenon Konopka Hockey Academy" in Ottawa since 2007.[7]

He also has a black pet rabbit, Hoppy, and maintains an Instagram and a Twitter account [8] for his pet, who has relocated with him since 2006. Konopka told Fox Sports North that he never wanted a rabbit as a child, but a friend suggested one as Konopka is allergic to cats and dogs. "I can't help that I fell in love with the little guy ... the guy's pretty cool. He just chills around, has his litter box, does his business there and he's pretty soothing to come home to."[9]

Zenon also has a specially made hockey jersey made for Hoppy for each team he plays for. [10]

Konopka is of Polish descent. His father was born in Poland.[11] His mother is a native of Buffalo, New York.[12] Konopka's sister, Cynthia, sang the national anthems at Scotiabank Place before the Senators' game on January 16, 2012.[13]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular seasonPlayoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPtsPIMGPGAPtsPIM
1998–99Ottawa 67'sOHL5678156270002
1999–00Ottawa 67'sOHL5981119107111238
2000–01Ottawa 67'sOHL66204565120207132047
2001–02Ottawa 67'sOHL6118688610013861449
2002–03Wheeling NailersECHL68224870231
2002–03Wilkes-Barre/Scranton PenguinsAHL40119
2003–04Idaho SteelheadsECHL23622288217981730
2003–04Utah GrizzliesAHL437411198
2004–05Cincinnati Mighty DucksAHL751729462121233626
2005–06Portland PiratesAHL34182644571911182946
2005–06Mighty Ducks of AnaheimNHL2343748
2006–07Lada TolyattiRSL40008
2006–07Portland PiratesAHL4211243597
2006–07Syracuse CrunchAHL209112070
2006–07Columbus Blue JacketsNHL600020
2007–08Syracuse CrunchAHL6224315519413371042
2007–08Columbus Blue JacketsNHL300015
2008–09Norfolk AdmiralsAHL70174057186
2008–09Tampa Bay LightningNHL701129
2009–10Tampa Bay LightningNHL74235265
2010–11New York IslandersNHL82279307
2011–12Ottawa SenatorsNHL5532519360222
2012–13Minnesota WildNHL3700011720000
2013–14Minnesota WildNHL3611255
2013–14Buffalo SabresNHL2301133
NHL totals346121830108280222

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