If you’ve been following along with the feature interview series “Fifteen” this season you may have noticed an extremely common theme. The funniest player that everyone has played with in their careers has come this season in the form of Harry Zolnierczyk.
When I last saw Zolnierczyk was after a practice at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. I gave him a small head nod as he walked out the building. Then, moments later, he raced back in. He had just been informed that he was being recalled by the Nashville Predators. We spoke briefly before he left the second time and the general conversation went as follows: So, you’re going up? “I think they just need an extra body for a road trip or something.” Well, congrats. I think that team could use your speed and energy about now.
That happened on January 2nd and the man they call “Z” hasn’t been back in Milwaukee since.
The 2016-17 season to date for Zolnierczyk has him playing 24 games in the AHL with the Admirals where he has scored 16 points (6 goals, 10 assists) and, following last night’s Predators game, 18 games in the NHL with the Predators where he has produced 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists). It is the first time since the 2013-14 season as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins that Zolnierczyk has logged more than 10 games in an NHL season.
Cheers to the Nashville Predators and Harry Zolnierczyk for providing me the time to hear from our ol’ Milwaukee Admirals player all grown up! Coming up today will be practice at the Bridgestone Arena at 12 PM CST. Hoping to round off what will be the last day of “Catching Up” interviews as the weekend slate for the Predators will be game action only.
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