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Michal Handzus
Michal Handzus
Center
(HAHND-zuhs, MIGH-kuhl)
Number: 26
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 215
Shoots: Left
Born: Mar 11, 1977
Birthplace: Bansk√° Bystrica, Slovakia
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Acquired: Signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on July 2, 2007.
Drafted: STL / 1995 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 4th (101st overall)
2009-10: Tied for 10th in NHL with six game-winning goals…Selected as the Kings Best Defensive Player and Unsung Hero…Led Kings (tied for third in NHL of 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 since 2003-04 (fourth time in career)…Earned 400th NHL point and 100th Kings point March 8, 2010 vs. Columbus...Back-to-back three-point games Feb. 4, 2010 vs. Anaheim (1-2=3) and Feb. 6, 2010 vs. Detroit (2-1=3)... Three-game goal (3g) streak (Dec. 31, 2009 to Jan. 4, 2010)...Scored game-winning goal (short-handed) Jan. 2, 2010 vs. Washington...Played in 200th Kings game and 200th consecutive game Dec. 15, 2009 at Edmonton...Was 58-84 on faceoffs (69%) five straight games (Nov. 28 to Dec. 7, 2009)...Played in 700th NHL game Nov. 11, 2009 at Carolina...Scored OT game-winner (third OT goal with Kings) Oct. 22, 2009 vs. Dallas...Scored game-winning goal two straight games (Oct. 8, 2009 vs. Minnesota and Oct. 10, 2009 at St. Louis)…PLAYOFFS: Tied for third on club with five points (3-2=5) and tied club lead with three goals (all scored on power play)…Three points (2-1=3) in Game 3 vs. Vancouver (both goals scored 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...Selected as the 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 (tied for third in NHL)...Ranked second on Kings with 12.6 shooting percentage...11 points (6-5=11) in 11-game span (Feb. 27 to March 20, 2009)...Four-game point (3-2=5) streak (March 14 to March 20, 2009)...Three-game goal (3g) streak (March 16 to March 20, 2009)...Second career hat trick (and OT game-winner) March 5, 2009 vs. Dallas...Four-game point (3-1=4) streak (Jan. 31 to Feb. 7, 2009)...Recorded game-winning goal in 1-0 victory Feb. 3, 2009 at Ottawa...Played in 100th Kings game Nov. 20, 2008 vs. Washington...Recorded two goals (including overtime game-winner) Oct. 17, 2008 vs. Carolina...Earned 200th NHL assist and played in 600th NHL game Oct. 11, 2008 at San Jose.

2007-08: Tied Kings lead with three short-handed goals.

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

2005-06: Led Philadelphia with a 53.2 faceoff percentage…Tied for second on club with 33 assists…Played in 500th NHL game April 1, 2006 vs. New Jersey…Consecutive games played streak snapped at 256 games March 1, 2006 at New Jersey…PLAYOFFS: Two assists in six games.

2003-04:
Ranked second on Philadelphia with career-high 38 assists and 58 points…Tied for second on club with plus-18 rating…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 NHL goal April 1, 2004 at Montreal…Played in 400th NHL game Jan. 16, 2004 vs. Toronto…Earned 200th NHL point Nov. 13, 2003 vs. Vancouver…PLAYOFFS: 10 points (5-5=10) in 18 games, helping Flyers advance to Eastern Conference Finals before losing to Tampa Bay in Game 7.

2002-03:
Led Philadelphia with nine game-winning goals (tied for fourth in NHL)…Second on team with 23 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 (1-3=4) Feb. 27, 2003 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) Dec. 5, 2002 vs. New York Rangers…PLAYOFFS: Eight points (2-6=8) in 13 games, helping Flyers advance to Eastern Conference Semifinals before losing to Ottawa.

2001-02:
Tied for third on Phoenix with 30 assists...Ranked second on team 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, 2001 at Anaheim…First career hat trick Dec. 23, 2000 vs. Anaheim.

1999-00: Finished second in voting for the Frank J. Selke Trophy…Tied for third in NHL with four short-handed goals and six short-handed points…Ranked third on St. Louis with career-high 25 goals…Led club with 81 games played…Second player in St. Louis history to score two short-handed goals in one game Feb. 15, 2000 vs. Atlanta…PLAYOFFS: Three assists in seven games.

1998-99: Tied for St. Louis lead in points among rookies…Led St. Louis rookies in assists.

TRANSACTIONS:
Selected by St. Louis in the fourth round (101st overall) in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft…Traded to Phoenix by St. Louis with Ladislav Nagy, the rights to Jeff Taffe and a first-round selection in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft (Ben Eager) for Keith Tkachuk on March 13, 2001…Traded to Philadelphia by Phoenix with Robert Esche for Brian Boucher and Nashville's third-round selection in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft (previously acquired, Phoenix selected Joe Callahan) on June 12, 2002…Traded to Chicago by Philadelphia for Kyle Calder on Aug. 4, 2006.

INTERNATIONAL PLAY: Represented Slovakia (fourth place finish) at 2010 Winter Olympics (7 GP, 3-3=6) – tied for second on club in goals, tied for 10th in tournament in goals and points)…Represented Slovakia at 2009 World Championships (6 GP, 0-4=4) – led club in assists…Selected to Team Slovakia at 2006 Winter Olympics, but didn't play due to injury…Played for Slovakia at 2002 Winter Olympics (2 GP, 1-0=1)…Played for Slovakia at 2004 World Cup of Hockey and at World Championships in 2005 (7 GP, 3-0=3), 2002 (6 GP, 1-4=5) and 2000 (6 GP, 1-4=5) – won a gold medal in 2002 and silver medal in 2000…Represented Slovakia at World Junior Championships in 1996 (6 GP, 0-3=3) and 1997 (6 GP, 2-4=6).

PERSONAL: Nickname: Zeus…Off-season home: Banska Bystrica, Slovakia…Girlfriend: Zuzana…Favorite movie: Avatar…Favorite TV show: Friends…Favorite actor: Milan Lasica…Favorite band: Elan…Favorite NHL city, other than Los Angeles: Philadelphia…Favorite newspaper: Tyzden (Slovakian)…Favorite sport other than hockey: tennis…Favorite hockey moment: winning gold medal at 2002 World Championships…Favorite pro athlete: Roger Federer…Favorite hockey player growing up: Dusan Pasek…Favorite road arena: Wells Fargo Center…Favorite food: Sulance s makom…Charities: supports charities in Slovakia (Arena Barani)…Helps the environment by: recycling.