Michal Handzus
HEIGHT: 6' 5"
BIRTHDATE: 03/11/1977
BIRTHPLACE: Banská Bystrica, SVK
DRAFTED: STL: 1995-101 overall
Traded to Phoenix by St. Louis with Ladislav Nagy, 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. Signed as a free agent by Banska Bystrica (Slovakia), December 9, 2014.
2011-12: 10th on the team in points (7-17=24)…5th on the team in plus/minus at home (+9)…Posted an assist on March 26 vs. Colorado…Scored his fourth goal of the season on Jan. 31 vs. Columbus…Recorded an assist and the shootout deciding goal on Jan. 17 vs. Calgary…Registered his first assist as a Shark on Nov. 3 vs. Pittsburgh...Playoffs: Appeared in two games...World Championships: Seven points in eight games helping Slovakia to a second-place finish...Scored a power play, game-winning goal with 2:28 left to play in the quarterfinal game vs. Canada.

CAREER 2010-11: One of six Kings to play in all 82 regular season games…T-10th in NHL in game-deciding shootout goals (two)…Scored game-winning goal with 21 seconds left March 13 at Dallas...Played in his 800th NHL game on Jan. 1 vs. San Jose...Scored the shootout-deciding goal on Nov. 20 at Boston.

2009-10: T-10th in NHL with six game-winning goals…Selected as the Kings Best Defensive Player and Unsung Hero…Led Kings (T-3rd in NHL among players with at least five attempts) in shootout percentage (5-for-8, 62.5)…Played in 245 consecutive games (out of a possible 246 games since signing with Kings) from Sept. 29, 2007 to April 10, 2010 before being a healthy scratch April 11, 2010 at Colorado (final game of season)…Reached 20-goal mark for first time (fourth overall) since 2003-04…Earned 400th NHL point and 100th Kings point March 8 vs. Columbus...Played in 700th NHL game Nov. 11 at Carolina...Playoffs: T-3rd on club in scoring and shared Kings lead in goals (all on power play)…Three points (two goals) in WCQF Game 3 vs. Vancouver (both on power play in second period). The two power-play goals in one game (happened six other times) and two power-play goals in one period (happened three other times) both tied Kings playoff records.

2008-09: Selected as the Kings Best Defensive Player and Unsung Hero...Kings nominee for the 2009 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy...One of five Kings to play in all 82 games...Tied for second on Kings with four game-winning goals...Led Kings with two OT goals (T-3rd in NHL)...Second on Kings with 12.6 shooting percentage...Second career hat trick (and OT game-winner) March 5 vs. Dallas...Earned 200th NHL assist and played in 600th NHL game on Oct. 11 at San Jose.

2007-08: Tied Kings lead with three short-handed goals…Appeared in all 82 games.

2006-07: Earned 300th NHL point Oct. 21 vs. St. Louis…Tied career high with three assists Oct. 7 vs. Columbus.

2005-06: Led Philadelphia with a 53.2 faceoff percentage…T-2nd on club in assists…Played in 500th NHL game April 1 vs. New Jersey…Consecutive games played streak snapped at 256 games on March 1 at New Jersey…Playoffs: Two assists in six games.

2003-04: Ranked second on Philadelphia with career-high 38 assists and 58 points…T-2nd on club with plus-18…One of two Flyers to play in all 82 games…Reached the 20-goal mark for second consecutive season (third time in career)…Earned 100th goal April 1 at Montreal…Played in 400th game Jan. 16 vs. Toronto…Earned 200th point Nov. 13 vs. Vancouver…Playoffs: Helped Flyers advance to ECF before losing to Tampa Bay in Game 7.

2002-03: Led Philadelphia with nine game-winning goals (T-4th in NHL)…Second on team in goals…One of two players to play in all 82 games with Philadelphia…Reached 20-goal mark for second time in career…Career-high four points (three assists) Feb. 27 vs. Chicago…Scored OT game-winning goal on penalty shot (first time in Flyers history and second time in NHL history a penalty shot goal was scored in a regular season overtime session) on Dec. 5 vs. Rangers…Playoffs: Helped Flyers advance to ECSF before losing to Ottawa.

2001-02: Second on Phoenix with a 16.0 shooting percentage and a 48.7 faceoff percentage…Playoffs: Zero points in five games.

2000-01: Earned 100th NHL point April 6 at Anaheim…Recorded first hat trick Dec. 23 vs. Anaheim.

1999-00: Second in voting for the Frank J. Selke Trophy…T-3rd in NHL with four short-handed goals and six short-handed points…Set career high in goals and led St. Louis in games played…Second player in St. Louis history to score two short-handed goals in one game: Feb. 15 vs. Atlanta…Playoffs: Three assists in seven games.

1998-99: Tied for St. Louis lead in points among rookies and led rookies in assists.

PERSONAL: “Zeus” lists these as his favorites: Elan (band from Slovakia); “Friends” (TV Show); Pittsburgh (NHL team as a youth); Philadelphia (road city); SSC Neapol, a Slovakian soccer team (professional sports team); tennis (sport other than hockey); Sicily (vacation spot)…first job was a hockey player…most memorable moment in the NHL was his first game, played with the St. Louis Blues in the 1998-99 season…hockey idol growing up was Dusan Pasek…favorite professional athlete is Roger Federer….hidden talent is that he is good at any sport he plays…if he could meet anyone in history it would be Alexander Dubcek, the former leader of Czechoslovakia who was kidnapped when the Russians invaded Czechslovakia (“I’d love to hear his story and how everything happened”)….Speaks Russian, Slovak, and English….most famous person in his cell phone contact list is Marek Hamsik, the captain of the Slovakia national soccer team….is learning to play golf…started skating at age four and playing organized hockey at age six…if he didn’t play hockey for a living he would play another sport…wears CCM skates, size 9.75.