Gáborík with the Wild in March 2009
February 14, 1982 |
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||204 lb (93 kg; 14 st 8 lb)|
|Columbus Blue Jackets
HC Dukla Trenčín
New York Rangers
|NHL Draft||3rd overall, 2000
Marián Gáborík (born February 14, 1982) is a Slovak professional ice hockey right winger currently playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL). He began his career in the Slovak Extraliga with HC Dukla Trenčín for two seasons before being drafted third overall in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota Wild. Spending eight seasons in Minnesota before signing with the New York Rangers in 2009, Gáborík is the Wild's all-time leading scorer in goals and points. Internationally, Gáborík is a two-time Olympian with Slovakia and has won a bronze medal at the 1999 World Junior Championships.
Playing career 
Dukla Trenčín 
Gáborík played with HC Dukla Trencin's junior team and scored 59 points over 36 games in 1997–98. That same season, he appeared in one Slovak Extraliga game with Dukla Trencin's men's team, scoring a goal in his professional debut. The following season in 1998–99, he joined Dukla Trencin in the Slovak Extraliga full-time and 20 points over 33 games as a rookie. Gáborík then improved to 46 points in 50 games the following season in his draft year.
Minnesota Wild 
Gáborík was drafted by the Minnesota Wild with the third overall pick in the first round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft after Rick DiPietro and Dany Heatley. Gaborik immediately showed promise during his rookie season with the Wild, collecting 18 goals and 36 points for the expansion Wild. Gáborík elevated his game the following season, in 2001–02, notching his first 30-goal season and nearly doubling his rookie output to 67 points. He also recorded his first NHL hat-trick near the beginning of the season on November 13, 2001. In 2002–03, Gáborík was named to his first NHL All-Star Game and won the fastest skater competition, lapping the rink in 13.713 seconds. He notched 30 goals for the second consecutive season, but more importantly helped lead the Wild to their first playoff appearance. He capped off his third NHL season with 17 points in 18 games as part of a run to the Western Conference Finals.
Contractual issues kept Gáborík from starting the 2003–04 season with the Wild as his initial entry-level contract came to an end in the off-season. Holding out with HC Dukla Trenčín of the Slovak Extraliga, his agent, Allan Walsh, asserted that Gáborík would not take less than $6.5 million a year. After switching agents three times, Gáborík eventually agreed to a three-year, $10 million contract with the Wild on October 31, 2003. Limited to 65 games that season, he recorded 18 goals and 40 points. Due to the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Gáborík again returned to HC Dukla Trenčín where he dominated with 52 points in 29 games. He also saw time with Färjestads BK of the Elitserien.
As NHL play resumed in 2005–06, Gáborík took another step forward, becoming a point-per-game player with 38 goals and 66 points in a 65-game season limited by a groin injury. His season was shortened once more the following season in 2006–07, re-injuring his groin on October 20, 2006, against the Anaheim Ducks. Despite a 10-14 day estimated recovery time, he did not return to the lineup until January 6, 2007, against the Colorado Avalanche two-and-a-half months later. Although Gáborík missed 34 games, he still managed a second consecutive 30-goal season to go with 57 points overall.
On December 20, 2007, Gáborík recorded a six-point game against the New York Rangers with five goals and an assist. This made him the first player in Wild history to score five goals in a game, as well as the first NHLer since Sergei Fedorov of the Detroit Red Wings did so 11 years earlier (on December 26, 1996, versus the Washington Capitals). At mid-season, he was chosen to his second NHL All-Star Game and would go on to record personal bests of 42 goals, 41 assists and 83 points. Gáborík finished his career year as team captain for the Wild in March 2008. It was the first time in his career he was chosen as part of the team's monthly rotating captaincy.
Entering the final year of his contract with the Wild in 2008–09, the Wild began negotiations early to re-sign Gáborík. A 10-year, $80 million deal was turned down by Gáborík, and the Wild consequently began entertaining trade offers from NHL teams. His playing time with the Wild was limited in his final year after being sidelined early in the season with a lower-body injury before undergoing hip surgery in January 2009. He returned to the lineup on March 21, 2009, against the Edmonton Oilers and finished the season with 23 points in 17 games.
Gáborík was unable to sign a new contract with the Wild in the 2009 off-season. He left the Wild after eight seasons as its last original player and as the club's all-time leader in goals, assists and points.
New York Rangers 
Leading up to the free agency period, Gáborík was speculated to have interest in signing with the Vancouver Canucks after The Province reported he had recently bought a home in West Vancouver in the 2009 off-season. Nevertheless, Gáborík signed as an unrestricted free agent with the New York Rangers on the first day of free agency on July 1, 2009. The Rangers signed him to a reported $37.5 million over five years.
Gáborík got off to a quick start with his new club, scoring 10 goals in his first 12 games. Nearly a month into the season, he suffered a knee injury after colliding with former Ranger Petr Prucha in a game against the Phoenix Coyotes on October 26, 2009. He missed two games, including what would have been his first game back in Minnesota against the Wild. Gaborik was injured for a second time in the season when his right leg was cut by team goaltender Henrik Lundqvist during a team practice on February 9, 2010. Though the Rangers missed the playoffs, Gaborik did not disappoint in his first season with the team. He played in 76 games, matching his career high with 42 goals, and set a new career high in points with 86.
His second season with the Rangers (2010–11) was hampered by injury. Just three games into the season, Gáborík suffered a shoulder injury after receiving an illegal boarding hit in a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The injury caused him to miss nearly a month, and, upon his return, limited his playing style, which relies on his tremendous wrist shot. Perhaps due to lingering effects from his various ailments, Gáborík proved a streaky scorer throughout the season and finished with 22 goals and 26 assists in 62 games, though 12 of those goals came in four games. His best game of the season was on January 19, 2011, when Gáborík scored four goals and an assist in a 7-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. For the first time since Gáborík had joined the team, The Rangers qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 5-2 win over the rival New Jersey Devils in the final game of the season. Gáborík contributed an assist on the game-winning goal, and a +2 rating during the game.
On January 29, 2012, Gáborík was named the MVP of the 59th NHL All-Star Game in Ottawa.
On May 3, 2012, shortly after midnight, Gáborík scored a triple-overtime game winner against the Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals, ending one of the longest playoff games in New York Rangers history.
On the commencement of the lockout shortened 2012–13 season, Gaborik who remained idle during the dispute, struggled to recapture his previous scoring pace with New York. Whilst in the penultimate year of his contract and with the addition of Rick Nash to the Rangers contributing to his expendability, Gaborik was subject to trade rumours.
Columbus Blue Jackets 
After scoring 9 goals in 35 games, Gaborik was dealt at the trade deadline on April 3, 2013, along with minor league players Blake Parlett and Steven Delisle to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Derick Brassard, Derek Dorsett, John Moore and a sixth-round pick. The following night Gaborik made his debut with the Blue Jackets and immediately made an impact, scoring the game-winning goal and having an assist in a victory over the Nashville Predators.
- Selected to three NHL All-Star Games: 2003, 2008 and 2012
- Named the MVP of the 2012 NHL All-Star Game
Career statistics 
Regular season and playoffs 
|1997–98||HC Dukla Trenčín||Slovak-Jr.||36||37||22||59||28||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997–98||HC Dukla Trenčín||Slovak||1||1||0||1||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|1998–99||HC Dukla Trenčín||Slovak||33||11||9||20||6||3||1||0||1||2|
|1999–00||HC Dukla Trenčín||Slovak||50||25||21||46||34||5||1||2||3||2|
|2003–04||HC Dukla Trenčín||Slovak||9||10||3||13||10||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||HC Dukla Trenčín||Slovak||29||25||27||52||46||12||8||9||17||26|
|2009–10||New York Rangers||NHL||76||42||44||86||37||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||New York Rangers||NHL||62||22||26||48||18||5||1||1||2||2|
|2011–12||New York Rangers||NHL||82||41||35||76||34||20||5||6||11||2|
|2012–13||New York Rangers||NHL||35||9||10||19||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||12||3||5||8||6|
|Competitor for Slovakia|
|World Junior Championships|
|Junior Int'l totals||32||17||12||29||16|
|Senior Int'l totals||52||24||16||40||36|
Gáborík has used his success to benefit Slovak ice hockey and player development. In 2005, he opened his ice rink Arena Mariána Gáboríka in his native city of Trenčín, Slovakia at a personal cost of approximately 50 million Slovak crowns. The ice rink provides the opportunity to both learn how to skate as well as play ice hockey for local youth, and also contains both a full fitness center for off-ice conditioning and accommodations so that participants in programs may stay overnight. The rink earned the distinction of "2005 Construction of the Year" in Trenčín. Beginning in 2009, Gáborík's ice rink has also begun offering a hockey school program.
Of the rink, Gáborík says:
|“||"ARENA MG represents the fulfilment of one of my dreams. It was in Trenčín where I took my first ice-hockey steps, where I learned the first zigzags and shot my first goals. I am thankful for this opportunity and in order to give thanks for what ice hockey gave me, I also wanted to help other boys and girls and create conditions to help fulfil their sports dreams."||”|
Gáborík spends a lot of personal time pursuing this endeavor during the offseason, as he personally attends each of his hockey school's summer camp sessions to meet the campers and pose for photographs.
He has also founded the Marian Gaborik Foundation, which also supports his mission of expanding access to youth hockey in Slovakia.
See also 
- "2003 NHL All-Star Game". ESPN. 2007-12-04. Retrieved 2010-03-05.
- "Wild discuss offer to holdout Gaborik". ESPN. 2003-10-10. Retrieved 2008-12-10.
- "Gaborik signs deal with Wild". ESPN. 2003-10-31. Retrieved 2008-12-10.
- "Marian Gaborik". TSN. 2006. Retrieved September 15, 2010.
- "Recap". Sports Illustrated. 2007. Retrieved December 21, 2007.
- "Recap". Minnesota Wild and NHL. 2008. Retrieved March 1, 2008.
- "While Marian Gaborik rumors go wild, the Wild keep going". Sporting News. 2008-10-22. Retrieved 2009-10-29.
- Marian Gaborik of the Wild to Have Hip Surgery SI.com, January 2, 2009
- Gaborik Returns, Koivu Hurt in Wild Win fanhouse.com, March 22, 2009
- "Career Stats - Regular season - Minnesota Wild - All Skaters - Career Leaders for Team - Career Points". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2010-02-10.
- "Canucks intrigue as Marian Gaborik buys West Van home". The Province. 2009-07-23. Retrieved 2009-10-29.
- "Gaborik signs with Rangers". NHL.com. 2009-07-01. Retrieved 2009-07-01.
- Brooks, Larry (2009-10-28). "Rangers' Gaborik not playing tonight". New York Post. Retrieved 2009-10-29.
- "Rangers' Gaborik sits out versus Preds because of cut on leg". The Sports Network. 2010-02-10. Retrieved 2010-02-10.
- Becker, Nathan (2012-01-30). "Rangers' Gaborik Snags Hat Trick, All-Star MVP". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2012-02-19.
- "Gabbo a goner?". The Hockey News. 2013-03-05. Retrieved 2013-03-05.
- "Kekalainen injects life into Blue Jackets with Gaborik". National Hockey League. 2013-04-03. Retrieved 2013-04-03.
- "Gaborik scores game-winner in debut". National Hockey League. 2013-04-04. Retrieved 2013-04-04.
- "MG Rink, small ice rink Marian Gaborik .:: Official websites of Marian Gaborik ::. (Introduction)". mariangaborik.sk. Retrieved 05-9-2011.
- "MG Rink, small ice rink Marian Gaborik .:: Official websites of Marian Gaborik ::. (Arena MG)". mariangaborik.sk. Retrieved 05-9-2011.
- "The Hockey School of Marian Gaborik .:: Official website of Marian Gaborik ::. (Introduction)". mariangaborik.sk. Retrieved 05-9-2011.
- "The Hockey School of Marian Gaborik .:: Official websites of Marian Gaborik ::. (Hockey School)". mariangaborik.sk. Retrieved 05-9-2011.
- "The Marian Gaborik Foundation .:: Official websites of Marian Gaborik ::. (Activities)". mariangaborik.sk. Retrieved 05-9-2011.
- Marián Gáborík's player profile at NHL.com
- Marián Gáborík's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Marián Gáborík at NHLPA
- Marian Gaborik Official Site
|Minnesota Wild first round draft pick
|Minnesota Wild captain
March and April 2008