Michal Handzus
Born March 11, 1977 (1977-03-11) (age 43)
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 Flag of Slovakia.svg 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 CareerEdit

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 StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1993–94SK Iskra Banská BystricaSlovak-Jr.40233659
1994–95SK Iskra Banska BystricaSlovak-22215142910
1995–96SK Iskra Banska BystricaSlovak-Jr.667134
1995–96SK Iskra Banska BystricaSlovak193148
1996–97HK ŠKP PS PopradSlovak4415183324
1997–98Worcester IceCatsAHL69273663541126810
1998–99St. Louis BluesNHL664121630110228
1999–00St. Louis BluesNHL812528534470336
2000–01St. Louis BluesNHL3610142412
2000–01Phoenix CoyotesNHL1044821
2001–02Phoenix CoyotesNHL791530453450002
2002–03Philadelphia FlyersNHL8223214446132686
2003–04Philadelphia FlyersNHL822038588218551010
2004–05HKm ZvolenSlovak3314243834
2005–06Philadelphia FlyersNHL731133443860222
2006–07Chicago BlackhawksNHL83586
2007–08Los Angeles KingsNHL827142145
2008–09Los Angeles KingsNHL8218244232
2009–10Los Angeles KingsNHL812022423863254
2010–11Los Angeles KingsNHL821218302061120
2011–12San Jose SharksNHL67717241820000
2012–13HC ’05 Banská BystricaSlovak159101922
2012–13San Jose SharksNHL2811212
2012–13Chicago BlackhawksNHL1115642338116
2013–14Chicago BlackhawksNHL594121616192138
NHL totals100918529848349811616304652
Slovak totals1114153946417510156

International StatisticsEdit

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
Junior totals17710178
Senior totals439192822

International PlayEdit

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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