Martin Hanzal

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Martin Hanzal
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Born (1987-02-20) February 20, 1987 (age 28)
České Budějovice, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 6 in (198 cm)
Weight 236 lb (107 kg; 16 st 12 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team Arizona Coyotes
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 17th overall, 2005
Phoenix Coyotes
Playing career 2007–present

Martin Hanzal (born February 20, 1987) is a Czech professional ice hockey centre currently playing for the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL). Drafted by the Coyotes organization in the first round, 17th overall, in 2005, Hanzal also serves as an alternate captain for Arizona.

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 score 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 December 4, 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.[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 Toronto.[2]

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 in 2008, and has played two times for the national team.[3]

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 CZE 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 CZE 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
NHL totals 493 88 158 246 417 23 4 8 12 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
Junior totals 19 6 6 12 20
Senior totals 18 1 7 8 14

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ NHL (February 12, 2015). "Coyotes' Hanzal likely out for season for back surgery". NHL. Retrieved June 8, 2015. 
  3. ^ Stats at hokej.cz(Czech)

External links[edit]

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