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Michal Handzus to Represent Slovakia at World Championships

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Kings forward Michal Handzus will represent Slovakia at the IIHF World Championship tournament, the Kings today announced.  The World Championship tournament is currently underway in Kosice, Slovakia, and ends May 15.

In recent days it was announced that Kings defenseman Jack Johnson will represent the United States at the tournament and Kings goaltender Jonathan Bernier will represent Canada.
Handzus, 34, most recently represented Slovakia at the 2010 Winter Olympics (7 GP, 3-3=6) where he tied for 10th in tournament scoring; at the 2009 World Championships (6 GP, 0-4=4) where he led his club in assists; at the 2002 Winter Olympics (2 GP, 1-0=1); at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey; at the World Championships in 2005 (7 GP, 3-0=3); at the World Championships in 2002 (6 GP, 1-4=5) where he won a gold medal; at the World Championships in 2000 (6 GP, 1-4=5) where he won a silver medal; at the World Junior Championships in 1996 (6 GP, 0-3=3);l and at the 1997 World Championships (6 GP, 2-4=6).  He was selected to play for Team Slovakia at 2006 Winter Olympics but did not play due to injury.

The 6-4, 219-pound native of Banska Bystrica, Slovakia, played in all 82 regular season games with the Kings this past season, recording 30 points (12-18=30), four power play goals and three game-winning goals.
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