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.
He seemed to thrive on his own and didn't really need any push from me. I certainly don't want to get in the way of the coaches. You see how that goes sometimes. I never really worried about it and just enjoyed the ride.
— David Ekblad on his son's [Aaron Ekblad] journey to the NHL, signing with the Florida Panthers