Handzuš during his tenure with the Los Angeles Kings
March 11, 1977 |
Banská Bystrica, Czechoslovakia
|Height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Weight||219 lb (99 kg; 15 st 9 lb)|
|Slovak Extraliga team
|HC ’05 Banská Bystrica
St. Louis Blues
Los Angeles Kings
San Jose Sharks
|NHL Draft||101st overall, 1995
St. Louis Blues
Michal Handzuš (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈmɪxal ˈɦandzuʃ]; born March 11, 1977) is a Slovak professional ice hockey player who is currently playing with the HC ’05 Banská Bystrica. Since joining the National Hockey League in 1998, Handzuš has played for the St. Louis Blues, Phoenix Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks, and, most recently, the Chicago Blackhawks. Handzuš was a member of the 2013 Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.
Michal Handzuš, nicknamed "Zeus", 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. St. Louis Blues threesome Pavol Demitra, Ľuboš Bartečko and Handzuš were known as the Slovak Pack line. He finished second in voting for the Frank J. Selke Trophy following the 1999–2000 season.
On June 12, 2002, Handzuš was traded along 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. He became a fan favorite in Philadelphia. In the 2003–04 season he 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, Handzuš was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks for Kyle Calder. Only eight games into his season with Chicago, however, Handzuš suffered a torn ACL which sidelined him for the remainder of the 2006–07 season.
On June 24, 2013, Handzuš and the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Boston Bruins 3–2 in game six of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals to win the Stanley Cup. In the following off-season, on July 5, 2013, Handzuš re-signed to a one-year contract to remain with the Chicago Blackhawks. On March 19, 2014 he played in his 1000th career game.
On June 16, the Chicago Blackhawks announced that they would not re-signing Handzuš after the 2013-14 NHL season. He became an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2014.
Regular season and playoffs
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
Handzuš (left) is knocked down by Swedish centre Henrik Sedin during the 2010 Winter Olympics.
|Competitor for Slovakia|
Awards and achievements
This is the list of achievements of Michal Handzuš:
|AHL Player of the Week||Apr 5, 1998|
|Slovak Extraliga All-Stars Team||2004–05|
|IIHF World Championship Medal||Gold: 2002, Silver: 2000, 2012|
|Stanley Cup champion||2013|
- "The Olympians: Pavol Demitra – Vancouver Canucks – Features". Canucks.nhl.com. Retrieved January 17, 2014.
- "Flyers sign Handzus, avoid arbitration". www.tsn.ca. Retrieved November 28, 2009.
- "Hawks Trade Calder for Handzus". The Sports Network. Retrieved November 28, 2009.
- "Kings ink Nagy, Handzus, Preissing, Calder". The Sports Network. April 3, 2010. Retrieved November 28, 2009.
- "Sharks Sign Handzuš To Two-Year Contract Worth $5 Million". The Sports Network. July 2, 2011. Retrieved July 2, 2011.
- "Blackhawks acquire Handzus from Sharks for draft pick". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2013-04-011. Check date values in:
- "Blackhawks to Part Ways with Michal Handzus". NBC Chicago. Retrieved June 16, 2014.
- "EliteProspects – Player info". EliteProspects. Retrieved June 26, 2013.
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