Competing in his second Olympics Games; Gaborik first competed for his country at 16 years of age, winning bronze medals at the 1999 Under-18 World Championship and the World Junior Championship; his only international medals to date. Gaborik led the Under-18 tournament with 11 points (3-8-11) and was named to the tournament All-Star Team.
His most recent international competition was the 2007 World Championship where he played on a line with Marian Hossa and Pavol Demitra. Gaborik led the team with 11 points (5-6-11) in six games and was named one of Slovakia’s three best players.
Gaborik played two seasons in Minnesota alongside fellow 2010 Olympian Pavol Demitra -- it will be their first competition together since the end of the 2007-08 season.
There's not much to say. We played like [garbage]. I think every guy in the room should be completely embarrassed about how they played tonight. Every single person. To start a road trip, one of the biggest road trips and have a division rival chasing you down and have a ton on the line, it's ridiculous how we played tonight.
— Anaheim forward Andrew Cogliano after the Ducks' 7-2 loss to the Flames on Wednesday