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.
I'm just excited about the opportunity. I've been on the ice earlier than usual and in the weight room, pushing around a little more weights than usual. Every day I go into a workout with a smile on my face and ready to go. When you do have a little more responsibility, you want to take your lunch pail and get ready to work.
— Brian Elliott to Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch on being the Blues' No. 1 goalie