|Born:||June 12, 1984||Draft:||2003 Blackhawks, 59th Overall|
|Known For:||Czech Extraliga Champion (2018)||Shoots:||Left|
|National Team:||Czechia||Current Status:||Conditioning Coach (HC Poruba 2011, Czechia2)|
Michal Barinka (born June 12, 1984) is a former Czech ice hockey player, having played his final year in the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2005-2006 season. Drafted 59th overall by the Blackhawks in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Barinka made the leap to North America immediately, joining the Blackhawks minor-league Norfolk Admirals in the American Hockey League (AHL). He made his NHL debut that same year, appearing in nine games and recording one assist. The following season, Barinka spent the entirety with the Admirals, recording 11 points in 59 games, but failing to make the postseason.
After splitting the 2005-06 season between Chicago and Norfolk, including 25 games at the NHL level, Barinka was involved in a package deal that went to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Martin Havlat and Bryan Smolinski. Unable to crack the Senators lineup due to the team opting to go with Tom Preissing over the younger Barinka, he played in 17 games for the Binghamton Senators before departing to Europe. This brought an end to his time in North America and the NHL.
His return to the Czech Republic a 16-year run that is still ongoing, with brief stints in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) and the Swiss National League. Most of his time has been spent in the Czechia league, playing for teams such as HC Vítkovice, HC Sparta Praha, HC Kometa Brno, Rytíři Kladno, and most recently HC Poruba 2011 in the Czechia2 league.
Michal Barinka Statistics
- HC Poruba 2011, Czechia2 (Conditioning Coach) 2022-current
- Czechia U18 Champion (2000)
- U18 WJC Bronze Medal (2002)
- U18 WJC Most Goals by Defenseman (4) (2002)
- 3x Czech Extraliga Silver Medal (2010, 2011, 2016)
- World Championship Gold Medal (2010)
- Czech Extraliga Champion (2018)