Player Profile: Travis Zajac (Happy Birthday!)
HEIGHT: 6′ 3″
BORN: MAY 13, 1985
BIRTHPLACE: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Travis Zajac was drafted in the 1st round, 20th overall of the 2004 entry draft. On October 6, 2006 he made his NHL debut with the New Jersey Devils when they beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-0. It didn’t take long for Zajac he get his first career NHL goal, as they played the following evening against the Dallas Stars and lost 3-1.
Prior to Travis Zajac becoming a New Jersey Devil, he was a member of the Fighting Sioux hockey club at the University of North Dakota. During the 2004-2005 season at UND, Travis led the nation’s rookies with 20 goals, which was also a UND team high. He was also named to all-tournament teams at both the NCAA Frozen Four and the NCAA East Regional. In Zajac’s final season with the Fighting Sioux in 2005-2006, he had 18 goals and 47 points. His teammates that season included Drew Stafford, T.J. Oshie and Jonathan Toews, all currently playing in the NHL.
After 3 years in the NHL, Travis avoided salary arbitration and signed his first NHL contract, a four-year, $15.5 million contract extension on July 22, 2009. In his five seasons with the New Jersey Devils, Travis has played in 408 games, scored 89 times and has assisted on 160 goals, for a total of 249 points. On March 17, 2011, Travis Zajac became the New Jersey Devils record holder for Most Consecutive Games Played, when he started in his 389th game against the Ottawa Senators. The previous record holder was Ken Daneyko, with 388.
With the Devils season ending earlier than most had hoped for, Travis headed to Slovakia to take part in the IIHF World Championships. Zajac was honored by Team Canada and named one of four alternate captains for this tournament. So far in this tournament, he has scored 3 points, 1 goal and 2 assists.
On a personal note, I’ve been following Travis Zajac since he came into the league. While we were still playing over at the Izod Center, then Continental Airlines Arena, I had requested a stick from Travis. He said it wasn’t a problem and would have it for me the next game. I waited patiently for him to come out and there was no stick for me, but he did have a bag of giveaways and proceeded to autograph a few items for me. A few games went by and I decided my best shot for a stick was to go to a practice. So, I headed to Codey Arena where the Devils were still practicing and waited for him to come out. Sure enough, he had a stick for me this time. So as he went to hand it to me, I asked if he could autograph it for me. With a puzzling look he asked, “You want MY autograph”? I laughed and said, “Yes, it’s your stick, not anyone else’s”. Travis was shocked and amazed that people would want his autograph and that people even knew about him. So, I am now a proud owner of a Travis Zajac autographed stick and it’s one of my favorite pieces of Devils memorabilia.
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Posted on May 13, 2011, in Devils Army, Devils Army Generals, New Jersey Devils, New Jersey Devils Fans, NHL, Player Profile and tagged Devils Army, Drew Stafford, Jonathan Toews, New Jersey Devils, NHL, NHL Draft, TJ Oshie, Travis Zajac, World Hockey Championship. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.