Marián Gáborík

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Marián Gáborík
Marian Gaborik.JPG
Gaborik with the Minnesota Wild in 2009.
Born (1982-02-14) 14 February 1982 (age 35)
Trenčín, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 201 lb (91 kg; 14 st 5 lb)
Position Left wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Los Angeles Kings
Dukla Trenčín
Minnesota Wild
New York Rangers
Columbus Blue Jackets
National team  Slovakia
NHL Draft 3rd overall, 2000
Minnesota Wild
Playing career 1998–present

Marián Gáborík (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈmarijaːn ˈɡaːboriːk]; born 14 February 1982) is a Slovak professional ice hockey right winger currently playing for the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL). He began his playing career in the Slovak Extraliga with Dukla Trenčín for two seasons before being drafted third overall in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota Wild, becoming the highest drafted Slovak player in NHL history. 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. He has also played for the Columbus Blue Jackets. On 13 June 2014, Gáborík won his first Stanley Cup while playing with Los Angeles, whom he had been traded to earlier that season.

Internationally, Gáborík is a two-time Olympian with Slovakia and has won a bronze medal at the 1999 World Junior Championships.

Playing career[edit]

Dukla Trenčín[edit]

Gáborík played with Dukla Trenčín'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 Trenčín's men's team, scoring a goal in his professional debut. The following season, in 1998–99, he joined Dukla Trenčín in the Slovak Extraliga full-time and registered 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[edit]

Gáborík saluting the crowd following his five-goal game in 2007.

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. Gáborík immediately showed promise during his rookie season with the Wild, collecting 18 goals and 36 points for the expansion Wild. He 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 career NHL hat-trick near the beginning of the season on 13 November 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.[1] He notched 30 goals for the second consecutive season, but more importantly helped lead the Wild to their first Stanley Cup playoffs 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 Dukla Trenčín, his agent, Allan Walsh, asserted that Gáborík would not take less than $6.5 million a year.[2] After switching agents three times, Gáborík eventually agreed to a three-year, $10 million contract with the Wild on 31 October 2003.[3] Limited to 65 games that season, he recorded 18 goals and 40 points. Due to the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Gáborík again returned to Dukla Trenčín, where he dominated with 52 points in 29 games. He also saw time with Färjestad BK of the Swedish 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 20 October 2006, against the Anaheim Ducks. Despite a 10- to 14-day estimated recovery time,[4] he did not return to the lineup until 6 January 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 20 December 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 26 December 1996, against the Washington Capitals).[5] 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.[6] Entering the final year of his contract with the Wild in 2008–09, the Wild began negotiations early to re-sign Gáborík. A ten-year, $80 million deal was turned down by Gáborík, and the Wild consequently began entertaining trade offers from NHL teams.[7] His playing time with the Wild was limited in his final year after being sidelined early in the season with a lower-body injury[7] before undergoing hip surgery in January 2009.[8] He returned to the lineup on 21 March 2009, against the Edmonton Oilers[9] 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.[10]

New York Rangers[edit]

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.[11] Nevertheless, Gáborík signed as an unrestricted free agent with the New York Rangers on the first day of free agency on 1 July 2009. The Rangers signed him to a reported $37.5 million contract over five years.[12]

Gáborík got off to a quick start with his new club, scoring 10 goals in his first 12 games.[13] Nearly a month into the season, he suffered a knee injury after colliding with former Ranger Petr Průcha in a game against the Phoenix Coyotes on 26 October 2009.[13] He missed two games, including what would have been his first game back in Minnesota against the Wild. Gáborík 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 9 February 2010.[14] Though the Rangers missed the 2010 playoffs, Gáborík 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.

Gáborík's second season with the Rangers, in 2010–11, was hampered by injury. Just three games into the season, he 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 19 January 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 plus-minus rating of +2 during the game.

On 29 January 2012, Gáborík was named the MVP of the 59th NHL All-Star Game in Ottawa.[15]

On 3 May 2012, shortly after midnight, Gáborík scored a triple-overtime game winner against the Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, ending one of the longest playoff games in Rangers history.

On the commencement of the lockout-shortened 2012–13 season, Gáborík, who remained idle during the labour dispute, struggled to recapture his previous scoring pace with New York. Furthermore, the addition of Rick Nash the Rangers, and the performance of youngsters Derek Stepan and Mats Zuccarello also contributed to Gaborik's expendability, and he was subject to trade rumours.[16]

Columbus Blue Jackets[edit]

After scoring nine goals in 35 games, Gáborík was dealt at the trade deadline on 3 April 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 draft pick.[17] The following night, Gáborík made his debut with the Blue Jackets and immediately made an impact, scoring the game-winning goal and earning an assist in a victory over the Nashville Predators.[18] Gáborík then scored for Columbus in their opening game of the 2013–14 season, a 4–3 loss to the Calgary Flames.

Los Angeles Kings[edit]

Gáborík was traded to the Los Angeles Kings on 5 March 2014, in exchange for forward Matt Frattin, a second-round draft pick and a conditional third-round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.[19] The Kings' acquisition of Gáborík paid dividends in the 2014 playoffs, as he went on to lead the playoffs with 14 goals and contributed to the Kings' effort in capturing their second Stanley Cup in three years, prevailing over his former club, the New York Rangers.

On 25 June 2014, Gáborík, as a pending free agent, opted to remain with the Kings in signing a seven-year contract worth an annual average value of $4.875 million per year.[20]


Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1997–98 Dukla Trenčín Slovak-Jr. 36 37 22 59 28
1997–98 Dukla Trenčín Slovak 1 1 0 1 0
1998–99 Dukla Trenčín Slovak 33 11 9 20 6 3 1 0 1 2
1999–00 Dukla Trenčín Slovak 50 25 21 46 34 5 1 2 3 2
2000–01 Minnesota Wild NHL 71 18 18 36 32
2001–02 Minnesota Wild NHL 78 30 37 67 34
2002–03 Minnesota Wild NHL 81 30 35 65 46 18 9 8 17 6
2003–04 Dukla Trenčín Slovak 9 10 3 13 10
2003–04 Minnesota Wild NHL 65 18 22 40 16
2004–05 Dukla Trenčín Slovak 29 25 27 52 46 12 8 9 17 26
2004–05 Färjestad BK SEL 12 6 4 10 45
2005–06 Minnesota Wild NHL 65 38 28 66 64
2006–07 Minnesota Wild NHL 48 30 27 57 40 5 3 1 4 8
2007–08 Minnesota Wild NHL 77 42 41 83 63 6 0 1 1 4
2008–09 Minnesota Wild NHL 17 13 10 23 2
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
2013–14 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 22 6 8 14 6
2013–14 Los Angeles Kings NHL 19 5 11 16 4 26 14 8 22 6
2014–15 Los Angeles Kings NHL 69 27 20 47 16
2015–16 Los Angeles Kings NHL 54 12 10 22 20 4 0 1 1 2
NHL totals 933 386 387 773 450 84 32 26 58 30


Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
1998 Slovakia EJC18 6th 6 2 1 3 0
1999 Slovakia WJC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 6 3 0 3 2
1999 Slovakia WJC18 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 7 3 8 11 2
2000 Slovakia WJC 9th 7 3 1 4 0
2000 Slovakia WJC18 5th 6 6 2 8 12
2001 Slovakia WC 7th 7 2 1 3 0
2004 Slovakia WC 4th 9 4 2 6 4
2004 Slovakia WCH 7th 4 1 0 1 2
2005 Slovakia WC 5th 7 3 1 4 6
2006 Slovakia Oly 5th 6 3 4 7 4
2007 Slovakia WC 6th 6 5 6 11 14
2010 Slovakia Oly 4th 7 4 1 5 6
2011 Slovakia WC 10th 6 2 1 3 0
Junior totals 32 17 12 29 16
Senior 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 at a personal cost of approximately 50 million Slovak koruna.[21] 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.[22] Beginning in 2009, Gáborík's ice rink has also begun offering a hockey school program.[23]

Of the rink, Gáborík says:[22]

Gáborík spends a lot of personal time pursuing this endeavor during the off-season, as he personally attends each of his hockey school's summer camp sessions to meet the campers and pose for photographs.[24]

Gáborík has also founded the Marian Gaborik Foundation, which also supports his mission of expanding access to youth hockey in Slovakia.[25]


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  2. ^ "Wild discuss offer to holdout Gaborik". ESPN. 2003-10-10. Retrieved 2008-12-10. 
  3. ^ "Gaborik signs deal with Wild". ESPN. 2003-10-31. Retrieved 2008-12-10. 
  4. ^ "Marian Gaborik". TSN. 2006. Retrieved 15 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "Recap". Sports Illustrated. 2007. Retrieved 21 December 2007. 
  6. ^ "Recap". Minnesota Wild and NHL. 2008. Retrieved 1 March 2008. 
  7. ^ a b "While Marian Gaborik rumors go wild, the Wild keep going". Sporting News. 2008-10-22. Retrieved 2009-10-29. 
  8. ^ Marian Gaborik of the Wild to Have Hip Surgery, 2 January 2009
  9. ^ Gaborik Returns, Koivu Hurt in Wild Win, 22 March 2009
  10. ^ "Career Stats - Regular season - Minnesota Wild - All Skaters - Career Leaders for Team - Career Points". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  11. ^ "Canucks intrigue as Marian Gaborik buys West Van home". The Province. 2009-07-23. Retrieved 2009-10-29. 
  12. ^ "Gaborik signs with Rangers". 2009-07-01. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  13. ^ a b Brooks, Larry (2009-10-28). "Rangers' Gaborik not playing tonight". New York Post. Retrieved 2009-10-29. 
  14. ^ "Rangers' Gaborik sits out versus Preds because of cut on leg". The Sports Network. 2010-02-10. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  15. ^ Becker, Nathan (2012-01-30). "Rangers' Gaborik Snags Hat Trick, All-Star MVP". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  16. ^ "Gabbo a goner?". The Hockey News. 2013-03-05. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  17. ^ "Kekalainen injects life into Blue Jackets with Gaborik". National Hockey League. 2013-04-03. Retrieved 2013-04-03. 
  18. ^ "Gaborik scores game-winner in debut". National Hockey League. 2013-04-04. Retrieved 2013-04-04. 
  19. ^ "Marian Gaborik traded to Kings". ESPN. 2014-03-05. Retrieved 2014-03-05. 
  20. ^ Kings, Los Angeles. "Marian Gaborik And The Kings Agree To Terms On A New Seven-Year Deal". Mike Kalinowski. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  21. ^ "MG Rink, small ice rink Marian Gaborik .:: Official websites of Marian Gaborik ::. (Introduction)". Retrieved 5 September 2011. 
  22. ^ a b "MG Rink, small ice rink Marian Gaborik .:: Official websites of Marian Gaborik ::. (Arena MG)". Retrieved 5 September 2011. 
  23. ^ "The Hockey School of Marian Gaborik .:: Official website of Marian Gaborik ::. (Introduction)". Retrieved 5 September 2011. 
  24. ^ "The Hockey School of Marian Gaborik .:: Official websites of Marian Gaborik ::. (Hockey School)". Retrieved 5 September 2011. 
  25. ^ "The Marian Gaborik Foundation .:: Official websites of Marian Gaborik ::. (Activities)". Retrieved 5 September 2011. 

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Preceded by
Team founded
Minnesota Wild first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Mikko Koivu
Preceded by
Mikko Koivu
Minnesota Wild captain
March and April 2008
Succeeded by
Mikko Koivu