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.
Not only is it a great idea, but if you don't [start using analytics] you're going to fall behind. You have to be on the cutting edge. It was [Arizona Coyotes assistant general manager] Darcy Regier who said, 'If you didn't invent it, you have to be the second- or third-best copier, because if you're fourth or fifth you've got no chance.'
— Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock on his interest in advanced statistical analysis