Zdenek Ciger
Left Wing
Left-Handed Shot
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 190 pounds
Born: 10.19.69 Martin, Slovakia
How he arrived: Via Entry Draft
How he left: Traded to the Edmonton Oilers with Kevin Todd for Bernie Nicholls, 1.13.93
Year
Team
GP
G
A
Pts.
+/-
PIM
SOG
PPG
PPA
PPP
SHG
SHA
SHP
GWG
1990-91
NJ
45
8
17
25
3
8
82
2
4
6
0
0
0
1
1991-92
NJ
20
6
5
11
-2
10
33
1
1
2
0
0
0
0
1992-93
NJ
27
4
8
12
-8
2
39
2
2
4
0
0
0
1
Franchise
Career Totals
 
92
18
30
48
-7
20
154
5
7
12
0
0
0
2
Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Ciger had some offensive skill and plenty of promise, but I tend to think that he struggled to adapt to the North
American game, which is likely why he didn't play that long in the NHL, and particularly in New Jersey.

He probably could have then benefited more from playing in Utica than just the 8 games he had there. Instead, he would
be rotated into the lineup and his production was not at its most abundant.

The trade to the Oilers, though, did help open up his game offensively. He would peak at 70 points in 95-96 before
deciding to return to Slovakia to play. His NHL rights were moved around a few times with expansion teams coming in,
but he remained with HC Slovan Bratislava until 2001, when he signed with the New York Rangers. He would be
traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Matthew Barnaby midseason, however. That would be his last NHL season; he
returned to Slovan for 4 more seasons.

He coached Team Slovakia at the 2016 World Championships in Russia. He is considered the primary head coach of
the Slovak program right now.
Entry Draft: 1988 Third Round Pick (54th overall) by the
New Jersey Devils
Year
Team
GP
G
A
Pts.
+/-
PIM
SOG
PPG
PPA
PPP
SHG
SHA
SHP
GWG
1990-91
NJ
6
0
2
2
-1
4
13
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1991-92
NJ
7
2
4
6
0
0
15
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
Franchise
Career Totals
 
24
2
6
8
-1
4
28
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
Playoff Statistics with the Franchise