NHL PLAYER, Martin Hanzal
Born Feb 20, 1987 -- Pisek, Czech Republic
Selected by Phoenix Coyotes round 1 #17 overall 2005 NHL Entry Draft
Martin Hanzal (born 20 February 1987) is a Czech centre who currently plays for the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League (NHL). Drafted by the Coyotes organization in the first round, 17th overall, in 2005, Hanzal also serves as an alternate captain for Arizona.
Hanzal was the Phoenix Coyotes' first round draft pick, 17th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft from hometown team HC České Budějovice. He then moved to North America to play for the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League (USHL) in the 2005–06 season. In 19 games played with Omaha, he score 19 points, and in five playoff games, he had one goal.
Hanzal then played major junior hockey during the 2006–07 season with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League (WHL) after being acquired from the Chilliwack Bruins before even playing a game with the latter. He led the Rebels in scoring with 85 points in 60 games.
Hanzal made his professional debut with the Coyotes in the 2007–08 season. He finished with eight goals and 35 points on the season, placing him sixth in team scoring. He also ranked ninth among NHL rookies in both points and assists. On 4 December 2008, Hanzal scored his first career hat-trick against the Toronto Maple Leafs in only 20:27 of play time, setting the record for the fastest hat-trick recorded in Coyotes history.
On 8 October 2011, Hanzal was named an alternate captain for the Coyotes.
On 14 November 2014, during the 2014–15 season, Hanzal scored his second career hat trick in a 5–0 rout against the Vancouver Canucks; two of the goals were scored only nine seconds apart. Hanzal's hat trick ended up being a natural hat trick, meaning all three of his goals were scored without the opposing team scoring.
On February 26, 2017, Hanzal was traded alongside Ryan White and a fourth-round pick in 2017, to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for a 1st-round pick in 2017, 2nd-round pick in 2018, conditional 4th-round pick in 2019, and Grayson Downing.
Hanzal finds himself on cup contending Wild February 27, 2017
The Minnesota Wild acquired center Martin Hanzal, Ryan White and a 4th round pick from the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday, sending three picks (including a 1st) and Grayson Downing in the opposite direction. Drafted 17th overall in the 2005 NHL Draft, Hanzal had spent his entire career in the Coyotes organization, where he tallied 117 goals and 196 assists in 608 games. The Czech-born star led Arizona in goals this year (16), and will bring the Wild a physical presence at the center position that they sorely needed.
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