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Michal Handzus

Michal Handzus  #26

Center
NUMBER: 26 BIRTHDATE: March 11, 1977
HEIGHT: 6' 5" BIRTHPLACE: Banská Bystrica, Slovakia
WEIGHT: 215 DRAFTED: STL / 1995 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 4th   (101st overall)
Handzus played for Slovakia at the 2002 Olympics and was selected again in 2006, but was injured in the second-to-last game before the Olympic break and was unable to compete.

He is one of nine 2010 Olympians that were on the gold medal roster for Slovakia at the 2002 World Championship – Miroslav Satan, Zigmund Palffy, Lubomir Visnovsky, Jozef Stumpel, Richard Lintner, Lubos Bartecko, Rastislav Stana and Martin Strbak. Handzus said: "We're in this generation and we have played a lot together. We won gold in 2002, and this is probably going to be one of the last international tournaments for a lot of guys in our group. We're getting older, so it's going to be exciting.”

He has also represented his country in international play during the 2008, 2005, 2002 (silver medal) and 2000 (gold medal) World Championships, the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and the 1997 and 1996 World Junior Championships.

Handzus, a Los Angeles King since 2007, will be joined in Vancouver on the Slovakian team by former Kings forwards Jozef Stumpel (LA 1997-2001) and Ziggy Palffy (LA 1999-2004), and former Kings defensemen Martin Strbak (2003-2004) and Lubomir Visnovsky (LA 2000-2008).

Quote of the Day

I think everyone left it out there. Every game this season, regular season and playoffs, we played as hard as we could. We're not out of the playoffs right now because of lack of effort, and that's all that we can ask of each other.

— Predators defenseman Seth Jones after Nashville was eliminated by Chicago in Game 6 on Saturday