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.
Just the feel for the direction they were headed and what they're trying to do, it just felt that this is a really good thing for this organization. They've got the pieces. We can put something together and go on a run or two and be together for a while, and I'm really excited about that opportunity. The team we have here has an opportunity to win, and that's the most attractive thing.
— Washington defenseman Matt Niskanen on why he decided to sign with the Capitals