Handzuš during his tenure with the Los Angeles Kings
March 11, 1977 |
Banská Bystrica, Czechoslovakia
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight||219 lb (99 kg; 15 st 9 lb)|
St. Louis Blues
Los Angeles Kings
San Jose Sharks
|NHL Draft||101st overall, 1995
St. Louis Blues
Handzuš (left) is knocked down by Swedish centre Henrik Sedin during the 2010 Winter Olympics.
|Competitor for Slovakia|
Michal Handzuš (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈmɪxal ˈɦandzuʃ]; born March 11, 1977) is a Slovak professional ice hockey centre currently playing for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL).
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. 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. Handzuš spent two seasons with Phoenix. On June 12, 2002, Handzuš 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. 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, he 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 July 2, 2007, Handzuš signed a four-year, $16 million deal with the Los Angeles Kings.
On June 24, 2013, Handzuš 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, Handzuš signed a one year contract to remain with the Chicago Blackhawks.
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||—||—||—||—||—|
|Junior int'l totals||17||7||10||17||8|
|Senior int'l totals||39||9||17||26||22|
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|
- "Flyers sign Handzus, avoid arbitration". www.tsn.ca. Retrieved 2009-11-28.
- "Hawks Trade Calder for Handzus". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2009-11-28.
- "Kings ink Nagy, Handzus, Preissing, Calder". The Sports Network. 2010-04-03. Retrieved 2009-11-28.
- "Sharks Sign Handzus To Two-Year Contract Worth $5 Million". The Sports Network. 2011-07-02. Retrieved 2011-07-02.
- "Blackhawks acquire Handzus from Sharks for draft pick". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2013-04-011.
- "EliteProspects - Player info". EliteProspects. Retrieved 2013-06-26.
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