| Czech Republic|
Ice hockey player
| January 14, 1981 (age 34)
Brno, Czechoslovakia (1981-01-14) |
68th overall, 1999
Zdeněk Blatný (born January 14, 1981 in Brno, Czechoslovakia) is a Czech former professional ice hockey left wing who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Atlanta Thrashers and the Boston Bruins. He was drafted in the third round, 68th overall, by the Thrashers in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.
Zdeněk Blatný Wikipedia
After four seasons in the Western Hockey League, with the Seattle Thunderbirds and Kootenay Ice, Blatný joined the American Hockey League's Chicago Wolves for the 2001–02 season. He made his NHL debut with the Thrashers during the 2002–03 season, appearing in four games. He appeared in 16 more games with the Thrashers in the 2003–04 season, with the rest of his time during those seasons spent in the AHL with the Wolves.
Following the 2004–05 NHL lockout, during which Blatný played in Finland and in his native Czech Republic, he joined the Boston Bruins for the 2005–06 season. He appeared in five games with the Bruins before being traded in February 2006 to the Tampa Bay Lightning. He spent the remainder of the campaign with the Lightning's AHL affiliate, the Springfield Falcons.
In the last season under contract with the Lightning in 2006–07, Blatný continued with the Springfield Falcons, contributing with 13 points in 19 games before he opted to end his North American career and concentrate on a European career in signing with Swedish outfit Modo Hockey of the then Elitserien on January 12, 2007.
Blatný played in 7 various European leagues over the following 8 seasons, before ending his professional career during the 2014–15 season, last playing with Dornbirner EC of the Austrian Hockey League (EBEL).