Martin Hanzal (Czech pronunciation: [ˈmarcɪn ˈɦanzal]; born 20 February 1987) is a Czech professional ice hockey center for 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.
Hanzal in 2014
20 February 1987|
České Budějovice, Czechoslovakia
|Height||6 ft 6 in (198 cm)|
|Weight||226 lb (103 kg; 16 st 2 lb)|
|National team||Czech Republic|
17th overall, 2005|
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.
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.
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.
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.
On July 1, 2017, Hanzal as a first time free agent, signed a three-year, $14.25 million contract with the Dallas Stars. In his first season with the Stars in 2017–18, Hanzal missed the majority of training camp with the foot injury. He was then hampered by multiple injuries limiting his effectiveness in recording just 5 goals and 10 points in just 38 games. Approaching the final push for the post-season, on March 9, 2018, it was announced that Hanzal was ruled out for the remainder of the season to undergo a spinal fusion surgery to correct a persistent back injury with a recovery of six to seven months.
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.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2003–04||HC České Budějovice||Czech.18||2||0||2||2||2||2||1||0||1||4|
|2003–04||HC České Budějovice||Czech.20||53||15||7||22||32||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||HC České Budějovice||Czech.20||37||22||22||44||80||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||HC České Budějovice||Czech.1||15||1||2||3||2||4||0||0||0||2|
|2005–06||HC České Budějovice||Czech.20||7||3||5||8||20||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||HC České Budějovice||ELH||19||0||1||1||10||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||BK Mladá Boleslav||Czech.1||5||2||0||2||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||Red Deer Rebels||WHL||60||26||59||85||94||6||2||7||9||19|
|2012–13||HC Motor České Budějovice||ELH||18||8||11||19||73||—||—||—||—||—|
- "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
- "Coyotes blank Canucks". Arizona Coyotes. 14 November 2014. Retrieved 14 November 2014.
- NHL (12 February 2015). "Coyotes' Hanzal likely out for season for back surgery". NHL. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
- "Wild acquire Hanzal, White from Coyotes". The Sports Network. 26 February 2017. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
- "Stars sign center Martin Hanzal to a three-year contract". Dallas Stars. 1 July 2017. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
- "Stars center Hanzal ruled out for season". sportsday.dallasnews.com. 9 March 2018. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
- "Martin Hanzal national profile". hokej.cz (in Czech). 12 April 2015. Archived from the original on 19 February 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2015.