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Michal Handzus
Born March 11, 1977 (1977-03-11) (age 45)
Banská Bystrica, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 219 lb (99 kg; 15 st 9 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
Slovak Extraliga team
Former teams
HC ’05 Banská Bystrica
St. Louis Blues
Phoenix Coyotes
Philadelphia Flyers
Chicago Blackhawks
Los Angeles Kings
San Jose Sharks
National team  Slovakia
NHL Draft 101st overall, 1995
St. Louis Blues
Playing career 1995–present

Michal Handzus (born on March 11, 1977) is a Slovak professional ice hockey centre currently playing for HC ’05 Banská Bystrica of the Slovak Extraliga.

Playing Career[]

Michal was drafted 101st overall in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft by the St. Louis Blues, playing with them for two and a half seasons from 1998–99 to 2000–01.

The St. Louis Blues threesome Pavol Demitra, Ľubos Bartecko and Michal were known as the Slovak Pack line.

Michal finished second in voting for the Frank J. Selke Trophy following the 1999–2000 season. He was then traded on March 13, 2001 with Ladislav Nagy, Jeff Taffe and two first-round draft picks to the Phoenix Coyotes for Keith Tkachuk. He spent two seasons with Phoenix.

On June 12, 2002, Michal was traded with Robert Esche to the Philadelphia Flyers for Brian Boucher and a third-round draft pick.

On December 5, 2002, he became only the second player in NHL history to score a penalty shot goal in overtime. Michal became a fan favorite in Philadelphia.

In the 2003–04 season, Michal finished second on the Flyers with 58 points, and signed a three-year contract with Philadelphia in the off-season.

During the 2004-05 NHL lockout, he played for the HKm Zvolen which reached the playoff finals in the Slovak Extraliga.

On August 4, 2006, Michal was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks for Kyle Calder. Only eight games into his season with Chicago, however, he suffered a torn ACL which sidelined him for the remainder of the 2006–07 season.

On July 2, 2007, Michal signed a four-year, $16 million deal with the Los Angeles Kings.

On July 1, 2011, he signed a two-year contract worth $5 million with the San Jose Sharks.

During the lockout shortened 2012–13 season, on April 1, 2013, Michal was traded by the Sharks back to the Chicago Blackhawks for a 4th round draft pick.

On June 24, 2013, he and the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Boston Bruins 3-2 in Game 6 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals by scoring two goals in the final 1:30 from Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland to close out the series and win the Stanley Cup with a 4-2 record in the Finals.

On July 5, 2013, Michal signed a one year contract to remain with the Chicago Blackhawks. On March 19, 2014, he participated in his 1,000th NHL game.

On May 28, 2014, with the Blackhawks facing elimination in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals, Michal scored a game-winning goal in double-overtime against Los Angeles Kings, the eventually Stanley Cup champions.

On June 16, 2014, after the Blackhawks had been eliminated from playoff contention, the team announced that they would not be re-signing Michal after the season. He subsequently became an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2014.

Career Statistics[]

Regular season and playoffs[]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1993–94 SK Iskra Banská Bystrica Slovak-Jr. 40 23 36 59
1994–95 SK Iskra Banska Bystrica Slovak-2 22 15 14 29 10
1995–96 SK Iskra Banska Bystrica Slovak-Jr. 6 6 7 13 4
1995–96 SK Iskra Banska Bystrica Slovak 19 3 1 4 8
1996–97 HK ŠKP PS Poprad Slovak 44 15 18 33 24
1997–98 Worcester IceCats AHL 69 27 36 63 54 11 2 6 8 10
1998–99 St. Louis Blues NHL 66 4 12 16 30 11 0 2 2 8
1999–00 St. Louis Blues NHL 81 25 28 53 44 7 0 3 3 6
2000–01 St. Louis Blues NHL 36 10 14 24 12
2000–01 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 10 4 4 8 21
2001–02 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 79 15 30 45 34 5 0 0 0 2
2002–03 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 23 21 44 46 13 2 6 8 6
2003–04 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 20 38 58 82 18 5 5 10 10
2004–05 HKm Zvolen Slovak 33 14 24 38 34
2005–06 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 73 11 33 44 38 6 0 2 2 2
2006–07 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 8 3 5 8 6
2007–08 Los Angeles Kings NHL 82 7 14 21 45
2008–09 Los Angeles Kings NHL 82 18 24 42 32
2009–10 Los Angeles Kings NHL 81 20 22 42 38 6 3 2 5 4
2010–11 Los Angeles Kings NHL 82 12 18 30 20 6 1 1 2 0
2011–12 San Jose Sharks NHL 67 7 17 24 18 2 0 0 0 0
2012–13 HC ’05 Banská Bystrica Slovak 15 9 10 19 22
2012–13 San Jose Sharks NHL 28 1 1 2 12
2012–13 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 11 1 5 6 4 23 3 8 11 6
2013–14 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 59 4 12 16 16 19 2 1 3 8
NHL totals 1009 185 298 483 498 116 16 30 46 52
Slovak totals 111 41 53 94 64 17 5 10 15 6

International Statistics[]

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1995 Slovakia EJC 5 5 3 8 4
1996 Slovakia WJC 6 0 3 3 2
1997 Slovakia WJC 6 2 4 6 2
2000 Slovakia WC 6 1 4 5 4
2002 Slovakia OG 2 1 0 1 6
2002 Slovakia WC 6 1 4 5 4
2005 Slovakia WC 7 3 0 3 2
2009 Slovakia WC 6 0 4 4 6
2010 Slovakia OG 7 3 3 6 0
2011 Slovakia WC 5 0 2 2 0
2014 Slovakia OG 4 0 2 2 0
Junior totals 17 7 10 17 8
Senior totals 43 9 19 28 22

International Play[]

Medal record
Competitor for Template:Country data SVK
Ice hockey
World Championships
Silver 2012 Finland
Gold 2002 Sweden
Silver 2000 Russia
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