Marian Gaborik

Marian Gaborik

Slovak hockey player, player of the National Hockey League club New York Rangers.
Date of Birth: 14.02.1982
Country: Slovakia

  1. Marian Gaborik - Biography
  2. Early Career
  3. Success in the NHL
  4. Injuries and Transfer to the New York Rangers
  5. International Career
  6. International Achievements:

Marian Gaborik - Biography

Marian Gaborik is a Slovak ice hockey player and a member of the National Hockey League (NHL) team, the New York Rangers. He is considered one of the best Slovak hockey players in the NHL. Gaborik is known for his explosive speed, accurate shot, excellent vision, and superb passing skills. He wears the number 10 on his jersey.

Early Career

Marian Gaborik began his professional career with the hockey club "Dukla" in Trenčín. In his debut season in the Extraliga, Gaborik showcased his scoring talent by registering 46 points (25 goals and 21 assists) in 50 games. After the Slovak Championship in the summer of 2000, Gaborik was selected 3rd overall by the Minnesota Wild in the first round of the NHL draft.

Success in the NHL

In his first NHL season with the Minnesota Wild, Gaborik proved his high caliber by tallying 36 points in the regular season. The following season, he doubled his point production, accumulating 67 points and scoring his first hat trick in his overseas career. Gaborik's success caught the attention of the league, and he was selected to play in the All-Star Game in February 2003. He scored a goal and won the fastest skater competition during the game.

During the NHL lockout, Gaborik played for Dukla and the Swedish team Färjestad before returning to the Minnesota Wild. On December 20, 2007, Gaborik had a remarkable performance against the New York Rangers, scoring five goals and assisting on one, becoming the 43rd player in NHL history to score five or more goals in a single game and the first to do so in the 21st century. In the 2007/08 season, Gaborik earned a total of 83 points and was selected to play in the NHL All-Star Game for the second time.

Injuries and Transfer to the New York Rangers

In the following season, Gaborik was plagued by injuries. Due to ongoing issues with an old groin injury that required surgery, he played only 17 games for the Wild but still managed to accumulate 23 points. After the season, Gaborik did not reach a new contract agreement with the Wild's management and subsequently signed with the New York Rangers as a free agent.

Gaborik spent eight years with the Minnesota Wild and became a beloved player among the team's fans. He holds the franchise record for most goals scored, surpassing all other players by a significant margin. As part of his agreement with the Rangers, Gaborik joined the team for five years, earning $7.5 million annually.

International Career

Gaborik started his international career with the Slovakian under-20 team, winning a bronze medal in the 1999 World Junior Championships. He has been a member of the Slovakian national team since 2001, representing his country in various tournaments, including the Olympics and World Championships. In 42 international games, Gaborik has accumulated 36 points (21 goals and 15 assists).

International Achievements:

  • Olympic Games: 2006, 2010
  • World Championships: 2001, 2004, 2005, 2007
  • World Cup: 2004