Chicago Blackhawks
Michal Handzus
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MichalHandzus
POSITION: Center
HEIGHT: 6' 5"
SHOOTS: Left
WEIGHT: 215
BIRTHDATE: 03/11/1977
BIRTHPLACE: Banská Bystrica, SVK
DRAFTED: STL: 1995-101 overall
Traded to Phoenix by St. Louis with Ladislav Nagy, the rights to Jeff Taffe and St. Louis' 1st round choice (Ben Eager) in 2002 Entry Draft for Keith Tkachuk, March 13, 2001. Traded to Philadelphia by Phoenix with Robert Esche for Brian Boucher and Nashville's 3rd round choice (previously acquired, Phoenix selected Joe Callahan) in 2002 Entry Draft, June 12, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Zvolen (Slovakia), October 27, 2004. Traded to Chicago by Philadelphia for Kyle Calder, August 4, 2006. Missed remainder of 2006-07 due to knee injury vs. St. Louis, October 21, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Los Angeles, July 2, 2007. Signed as a free agent by San Jose, July 1, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Banska-Bystrica (Slovakia), November 13, 2012. Traded to Chicago by San Jose for Anaheim's 4th round choice (previously acquired, San Jose selected Fredrik Bergvik) in 2013 Entry Draft, April 2, 2013.
CAREER

2012-13:
Split the season between SJS and Chicago, posting eight points (2G, 6A) in 39 regular-season games … Recorded six points (1G, 5A) and a +7 plus/minus rating in 11 games with Chicago … Notched his first point for Chicago this season with an assist on April 6 at NSH … Equaled a career high with three assists on April 24 at EDM … Tallied two points (1G, 1A) in 28 regular-season games with SJS … Notched a career-high eight assists and 11 points in 23 postseason tilts en route to the 2013 Stanley Cup championship … Recorded a +7 rating … Ranked second on the club and sixth in the league with 156 faceoff wins … Posted a five-game point streak (2G, 3A) from May 25-June 2.

2011-12: Ranked 10th on SJS with 24 points (7G, 17A) and fifth on the club with a +9 rating at home … Played in his 900th career NHL game on Feb. 21 at CBJ ... Posted four shots on goal in two playoff games.

2010-11: Posted 30 points (12G, 18A) in 82 regular-season games with LAK … Shared 10th in the NHL with two game-deciding shootout goals … Played in his 800th NHL game on Jan. 1 vs. SJS.

2009-10: Recorded 42 points (20G, 22A) in 81 regular-season games with LAK … Shared 10th in NHL with a team-high six game-winning goals … Honored as the Kings’ Best Defensive Player and Unsung Hero for the second consecutive season … Shared third in the NHL with a team-best 62.5 shootout percentage (5-for-8; min. 5 attempts) … Reached 20-goal mark for first time since 2003-04 (fourth time overall) … Earned his 400th NHL point on March 8 vs. CBJ … Played in 700th NHL game on Nov. 11 at CAR … Tallied five points (3G, 2A) in six postseason games with LAK … Registered three points, including two power-play goals, in Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals vs. VAN on April 19.

2008-09: Recorded 42 points (18G, 24A) in 82 regular-season games with LAK … Nominated for the 2009 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy … Shared second on the club with 4 GWG … Shared third in the NHL with a team-best two overtime goals … Equaled a career-high 7 PPG … Netted his second career hat trick (including the OT GWG) on March 5 vs. DAL … Earned his 200th NHL assist and played in his 600th NHL game on Oct. 11 at SJS.

2007-08: Tallied 21 points (7G, 14A) in 82 regular-season games with the Kings … Shared the team lead with three shorthanded goals.

2006-07: Recorded eight points (3G, 5A) in eight games with the Blackhawks before suffering a season-ending injury … Earned 300th NHL point on Oct. 21 vs. STL … Tied a career high with three assists on Oct. 7 vs. CBJ.

2005-06: Posted 44 points and ranked second on the team with 33 assists in 73 regular-season games with PHI … Led the club with a 53.2 faceoff winning percentage … Skated in his 500th NHL game on April 1 vs. NJD … Posted two assists in six postseason appearances.

2004-05: Tallied 38 points (14G, 24A) and 34 PIM in 33 games with Slovakia’s HKM Zvolen.

2003-04: Ranked second on PHI with a career-high 38 assists and 58 points in 82 regular-season games … Shared second on the club with a +18 rating … Reached the 20-goal mark for second consecutive season (third time in his career) … Scored his 100th NHL goal on April 1 at MTL … Played in his 400th NHL game on Jan. 16 vs. TOR … Earned his 200th point on Nov. 13 vs. VAN … Registered 10 points (5G, 5A) and a +7 rating in 18 postseason games while helping PHI advance to the Eastern Conference Final.

2002-03: Tallied 44 points (23G, 21A) in 82 regular-season games with PHI … Shared fourth in the NHL with a team-high 9 GWG … Reached 20-goal mark for the second time in his career … Notched a career-high four points (1G, 3A) on Feb. 27 vs. CHI … Scored the OT GWG on a penalty shot on Dec. 5 vs. NYR, marking the first time in PHI history and second time in NHL history that a penalty shot goal was scored in a regular-season overtime session … Posted eight points (2G, 6A) in 13 postseason games while helping PHI advance to Eastern Conference Semifinals.

2001-02:
Notched 45 points (15G, 30A) in 79 regular-season games with PHX.

2000-01: Posted 32 points (14G, 18A) in 46 regular-season games split between STL and PHX … Opened the season with STL, posting 24 points (10G, 14A) and a +11 rating in 36 games … Registered eight points (4G, 4A) and a +5 rating in 10 games with PHX … Earned his 100th NHL point on April 6 at ANA … Recorded his first career hat trick on Dec. 23 vs. ANA.

1999-2000: Registered 53 points (25G, 28A) in 81 regular-season games with STL … Finished second in voting for the 2000 sFrank J. Selke Trophy … Shared third in the NHL with 4 SHG and six shorthanded points … Second player in franchise history to score 2 SHG in one game (Feb. 15 vs. ATL) … Tallied three assists in seven postseason games with STL.

1998-99: Tallied 16 points (4G, 12A) in 66 regular-season games with STL in his NHL debut … Shared the team lead among rookies in points and paced all first-years in assists … Notched two assists in 11 postseason appearances.

INTERNATIONAL CAREER: Has totaled 26 points (7G, 19A) in 38 World Championship appearances with Slovakia … Won a gold medal with Slovakia at the 2002 World Championship, in addition to two silver medals in 2012 and 2000 … Skated in seven 2010 Olympic games, posting six points (3G, 3A) with Slovakia … Notched one goal in two games with Slovakia during the 2002 Olympics.