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Martin Hanzal
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Born 20 February 1987 (1987-02-20) (age 32)
České Budějovice, Czech Republic
Height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight 236 lb (107 kg; 16 st 12 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team Arizona Coyotes
National team Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic
NHL Draft 17th overall, 2005
Arizona Coyotes
Playing career 2007–present

Martin Hanzal born February 20, 1987) is a Czech professional ice hockey centre currently playing for the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Drafted by the Coyotes organization in the first round (17th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Martin also serves as an alternate captain for Arizona.

Playing CareerEdit

AmateurEdit

Martin was the Phoenix Coyotes' first round draft pick, 17th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft from hometown team HC České Budějovice.

He then moved to North America to play for the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League (USHL) in the 2005–06 season. In 19 games while playing with Omaha, he scored 19 points, and in five playoff games, he had one goal.

MArtin then played major junior hockey during the 2006–07 season with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League (WHL) after being acquired from the Chilliwack Bruins before even playing a game with the latter. He led the Rebels in scoring with 85 points in 60 games.

ProfessionalEdit

Martin made his professional debut with the Coyotes in the 2007–08 season. He finished with eight goals and 35 points on the season, placing him sixth in team scoring. He also ranked ninth among NHL rookies in both points and assists.

On December 4, 2008, he scored his first career hat-trick against the Toronto Maple Leafs in only 20:27 of play time, setting the record for the fastest hat-trick recorded in Coyotes history.

On 8 October 2011, Martin was named an alternate captain for the Coyotes.

On April 12, 2012, Martin scored the game-winning goal in overtime of Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs against the Chicago Blackhawks, giving the Coyotes a 3–2 victory and a 1–0 series lead.

His goal came from a redirect of a shot from the blueline by teammate Adrian Aucoin past Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford.

On November 14, 2014, during the 2014–15 season, Martin scored his second career hat trick in a 5–0 rout against the Vancouver Canucks; two of the goals were scored only nine seconds apart. His hat trick ended up being a natural hat trick, meaning all three of his goals were scored without the opposing team scoring.

Later in the season, on February 12, 2015, the Coyotes announced that Martin was to have season-ending back surgery.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 HC České Budějovice ELH 19 0 1 1 10
2005–06 Omaha Lancers USHL 19 4 15 19 30 5 1 0 1 4
2006–07 Red Deer Rebels WHL 60 26 59 85 94 6 2 7 9 19
2007–08 Arizona Coyotes NHL 72 8 27 35 28
2008–09 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 74 11 20 31 40
2009–10 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 81 11 22 33 104 7 0 3 3 10
2010–11 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 61 16 10 26 54 4 1 2 3 8
2011–12 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 64 8 26 34 63 12 3 3 6 29
2012–13 HC České Budějovice ELH 18 8 11 19 73
2012–13 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 39 11 12 23 24
2013–14 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 65 15 25 40 73
2014–15 Arizona Coyotes NHL 37 8 16 24 31
2015–16 Arizona Coyotes NHL 64 13 28 41 77
NHL totals 557 101 186 287 494 23 4 8 12 47

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2005 Czech Republic WJC18 4th 7 4 3 7 10
2006 Czech Republic WJC 6th 6 0 2 2 4
2007 Czech Republic WJC 5th 6 2 1 3 6
2008 Czech Republic WC 5th 6 0 3 3 8
2013 Czech Republic WC 7th 8 1 3 4 2
2014 Czech Republic OG 6th 4 0 1 1 4
2016 Czech Republic WCH 6th 3 1 1 2 2
Junior totals 19 6 6 12 20
Senior totals 21 2 8 10 16

International PlayEdit

In 2006 and 2007, Martin represented the Czech Republic at the IIHF World U20 Championship.

He played his first senior game for the Czechs at the 2008 World Championships and has played in four tournaments for the national team.

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