Michal Handzuš (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈmixal ˈɦandzuʃ]; born 11 March 1977) is a Slovak former professional ice hockey centre. Handzuš played for hometown club, HC ’05 Banská Bystrica of the Slovak Extraliga before joining the National Hockey League (NHL) in 1998. Handzuš played for the St. Louis Blues, Phoenix Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks and the Chicago Blackhawks, with whom he won the Stanley Cup with in 2013.
Handzuš during his tenure with the Los Angeles Kings
11 March 1977|
Banská Bystrica, Czechoslovakia
|Height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Weight||219 lb (99 kg; 15 st 9 lb)|
HC ’05 Banská Bystrica|
St. Louis Blues
Los Angeles Kings
San Jose Sharks
101st overall, 1995|
St. Louis Blues
Handzuš, nicknamed "Zeus," was drafted 101st overall in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft by the St. Louis Blues, playing with them for two-and-a-half seasons from 1998–99 to 2000–01. The Blues' line of Pavol Demitra, Ľuboš Bartečko and Handzuš were known as the "Slovak Pack" line. Handzuš finished second in voting for the Frank J. Selke Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL's top defensive-forward, following the 1999–2000 season.
Handzuš was traded on 13 March 2001, along with Ladislav Nagy, Jeff Taffe and two first-round draft picks, to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Keith Tkachuk. Handzuš then spent two seasons with Phoenix.
On 12 June 2002, Handzuš was traded along with Robert Esche to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Brian Boucher and a third-round draft pick. On 5 December 2002, he became only the second player in NHL history to score a penalty shot goal in overtime. In the 2003–04 season, he finished second on the Flyers with 58 points and later signed a three-year contract extension with Philadelphia during the ensuing off-season. During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, he played for the HKm Zvolen, which reached the playoff finals in the Slovak Extraliga.
On 4 August 2006, Handzuš was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Kyle Calder. Only eight games into his season with Chicago, however, Handzuš suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), which sidelined him for the remainder of the 2006–07 season.
On 1 July 2011, Handzuš signed a two-year, $5 million contract with the San Jose Sharks. During the lockout-shortened 2012–13 season, on 1 April 2013, Handzuš was traded back to Chicago in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick.
On 24 June 2013, Handzuš and the Blackhawks defeated the Boston Bruins 3–2 in Game 6 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals to win the Stanley Cup. In the following off-season, on 5 July, Handzuš re-signed to a one-year contract to remain with the team. On 19 March 2014, he played in his 1,000th career NHL game.
On 28 May 2014, with the Blackhawks facing elimination in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals, Handzuš scored a game-winning goal in double-overtime against Los Angeles Kings, the eventual Stanley Cup champions. On 16 June, after the Blackhawks had been eliminated from playoff contention, the team announced that they would not be re-signing Handzuš after the season. He subsequently became an unrestricted free agent on 1 July.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|1993–94||ŠK Iskra Banská Bystrica||SVK Jr||40||23||36||59||—||—||—||—||—|
|1994–95||ŠK Iskra Banská Bystrica||SVK II||22||15||14||29||10||—||—||—||—||—|
|1995–96||Iskra Zlatý Bažant Banská Bystrica||SVK Jr||6||6||7||13||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|1995–96||Iskra Zlatý Bažant Banská Bystrica||SVK||19||3||1||4||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|1996–97||HC ŠKP PS Poprad||SVK||44||15||18||33||24||—||—||—||—||—|
|1998–99||St. Louis Blues||NHL||66||4||12||16||30||11||0||2||2||8|
|1999–00||St. Louis Blues||NHL||81||25||28||53||44||7||0||3||3||6|
|2000–01||St. Louis Blues||NHL||36||10||14||24||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||82||7||14||21||45||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||82||18||24||42||32||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||81||20||22||42||38||6||3||2||5||4|
|2010–11||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||82||12||18||30||20||6||1||1||2||0|
|2011–12||San Jose Sharks||NHL||67||7||17||24||18||2||0||0||0||0|
|2012–13||HC ’05 Banská Bystrica||SVK||15||9||10||19||22||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||San Jose Sharks||NHL||28||1||1||2||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|2014–15||HC ’05 Banská Bystrica||SVK||22||7||11||18||16||18||3||9||12||2|
|2015–16||HC ’05 Banská Bystrica||SVK||40||12||16||28||36||15||1||6||7||12|
|2016–17||HC ’05 Banská Bystrica||SVK||10||1||5||6||27||15||4||6||10||4|
Handzuš (left) is knocked down by Swedish centre Henrik Sedin during the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Awards and achievementsEdit
This is the list of achievements of Michal Handzuš:
|AHL Player of the Week||5 April 1998|
|Slovak Extraliga All-Stars Team||2004–05|
|IIHF World Championship Medal||Gold: 2002, Silver: 2000, 2012|
|Stanley Cup champion||2013|
- "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
- "The Olympians: Pavol Demitra – Vancouver Canucks – Features". Canucks.nhl.com. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
- "Flyers sign Handzus, avoid arbitration". www.tsn.ca. Retrieved 28 November 2009.
- "Hawks Trade Calder for Handzus". The Sports Network. Retrieved 28 November 2009.
- "Kings ink Nagy, Handzus, Preissing, Calder". The Sports Network. 3 April 2010. Retrieved 28 November 2009.
- "Sharks Sign Handzuš To Two-Year Contract Worth $5 Million". The Sports Network. 2 July 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
- "Blackhawks acquire Handzus from Sharks for draft pick". The Sports Network. 1 April 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
- "Blackhawks to Part Ways with Michal Handzus". NBC Chicago. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
- "EliteProspects – Player info". EliteProspects. Retrieved 26 June 2013.