Martin Hanzal

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Martin Hanzal
Martin Hanzal2.jpg
Hanzal in 2014
Born (1987-02-20) 20 February 1987 (age 30)
České Budějovice, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 6 in (198 cm)
Weight 226 lb (103 kg; 16 st 2 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Dallas Stars
Arizona Coyotes
Minnesota Wild
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 17th overall, 2005
Phoenix Coyotes
Playing career 2007–present

Martin Hanzal (Czech pronunciation: [ˈmarcɪn ˈɦanzal]; born 20 February 1987) is a Czech professional ice hockey center currently under contract with the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted by the Arizona Coyotes in the first round, 17th overall, of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Amateur[edit]

Hanzal was the Phoenix Coyotes' first round draft pick, 17th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft from hometown team HC České Budějovice. He then moved to North America to play for the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League (USHL) in the 2005–06 season. In 19 games played with Omaha, he scored 19 points, and in five playoff games, he had one goal.

Hanzal then played major junior hockey during the 2006–07 season with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League (WHL) after being acquired from the Chilliwack Bruins before even playing a game with the latter. He led the Rebels in scoring with 85 points in 60 games.

Professional[edit]

Hanzal made his professional debut with the Coyotes in the 2007–08 season. He finished with eight goals and 35 points on the season, placing him sixth in team scoring. He also ranked ninth among NHL rookies in both points and assists. On 4 December 2008, Hanzal scored his first career hat-trick against the Toronto Maple Leafs in only 20:27 of play time, setting the record for the fastest hat-trick recorded in Coyotes history.

On October 8, 2011, Hanzal was named an alternate captain for the Coyotes.

On April 12, 2012, Hanzal scored the game-winning goal in overtime of Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs against the Chicago Blackhawks, giving the Coyotes a 3–2 victory and a 1–0 series lead. His goal came from a redirect of a shot from the blueline by teammate Adrian Aucoin past Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford.

On November 14, 2014, during the 2014–15 season, Hanzal scored his second career hat trick in a 5–0 rout against the Vancouver Canucks; two of the goals were scored only nine seconds apart. Hanzal's hat trick ended up being a natural hat trick, meaning all three of his goals were scored without the opposing team scoring.[1]

Later in the season, on February 12, 2015, the Coyotes announced that Hanzal was to have season-ending back surgery. Prior to the announcement, he had not played for Arizona since January 29, against the Toronto Maple Leafs.[2]

On February 27, 2017, in the midst of the 2016–17 season, his ninth season with the Coyotes and in the final year of his five-year contract, Hanzal collected 26 points in 51 games before his tenure came to an end with Arizona. He was dealt alongside Ryan White and a fourth-round pick in 2017, to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for a 1st-round pick in 2017, 2nd-round pick in 2018, conditional 4th-round pick in 2019, and Grayson Downing on February 26, 2017.[3]

On July 1, 2017, Hanzal as a first time free agent, signed a three-year, $14.25 million contract with the Dallas Stars.[4]

International play[edit]

In 2006 and 2007, Hanzal represented the Czech Republic at the IIHF World U20 Championship. He played his first senior game for the Czechs at the 2008 World Championships, and has played in four tournaments for the national team.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

Hanzal training with the Coyotes.

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 HC České Budějovice ELH 19 0 1 1 10
2005–06 Omaha Lancers USHL 19 4 15 19 30 5 1 0 1 4
2006–07 Red Deer Rebels WHL 60 26 59 85 94 6 2 7 9 19
2007–08 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 72 8 27 35 28
2008–09 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 74 11 20 31 40
2009–10 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 81 11 22 33 104 7 0 3 3 10
2010–11 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 61 16 10 26 54 4 1 2 3 8
2011–12 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 64 8 26 34 63 12 3 3 6 29
2012–13 HC České Budějovice ELH 18 8 11 19 73
2012–13 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 39 11 12 23 24
2013–14 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 65 15 25 40 73
2014–15 Arizona Coyotes NHL 37 8 16 24 31
2015–16 Arizona Coyotes NHL 64 13 28 41 77
2016–17 Arizona Coyotes NHL 51 16 10 26 43
2016–17 Minnesota Wild NHL 20 4 9 13 10 5 1 0 1 0
NHL totals 628 121 205 326 547 28 5 8 13 47

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2005 Czech Republic WJC18 4th 7 4 3 7 10
2006 Czech Republic WJC 6th 6 0 2 2 4
2007 Czech Republic WJC 5th 6 2 1 3 6
2008 Czech Republic WC 5th 6 0 3 3 8
2013 Czech Republic WC 7th 8 1 3 4 2
2014 Czech Republic OG 6th 4 0 1 1 4
2016 Czech Republic WCH 6th 3 1 1 2 2
Junior totals 19 6 6 12 20
Senior totals 21 2 8 10 16

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Coyotes blank Canucks". Arizona Coyotes. 2014-11-14. Retrieved 2014-11-14. 
  2. ^ NHL (12 February 2015). "Coyotes' Hanzal likely out for season for back surgery". NHL. Retrieved 8 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Wild acquire Hanzal, White from Coyotes". The Sports Network. 2017-02-26. Retrieved 2017-02-26. 
  4. ^ "Stars sign center Martin Hanzal to a three-year contract". Dallas Stars. 2017-07-01. Retrieved 2017-07-01. 
  5. ^ "Martin Hanzal national profile" (in Czech). hokej.cz. 2015-04-12. Retrieved 2015-04-12. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Blake Wheeler
Phoenix Coyotes first round draft pick
2005
Succeeded by
Peter Mueller