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UPDATE: Marian Gaborik signed with the New York Rangers in July 2009 for a $7.5 million contract over 5 years.
Marian Gaborik was born on Feb. 14, 1982 in Trencin, Slovakia. He began playing hockey at the age of three and he credits his parents and brother as the most influential people on his hockey career. Gaborik’s favorite NHL player growing up was Peter Bondra and his favorite team was the Montreal Canadiens.
Before playing in the NHL, Marian Gaborik spent two seasons with Dukla-Trencin of the Slovakia Senior League from 1998 to 2000. While there, his best season was the 1999-00 season, where he tied for the team lead with 25 goals and 22 assists in 50 games.
Marian Gaborik’s impressive performance in his hometown league sparked the interest of the Minnesota Wild. He was drafted by the Minnesota Wild with the 3rd overall pick of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. He made an immediate impression on the Wild in his rookie season, playing 71 games and scoring 36 points, half of them goals. Perhaps his best season with the Minnesota Wild was the 2005-06 season where Gaborik missed 17 games but still set a club record for goals in a season with 38. In his career, Marian Gaborik has skated in 360 National Hockey League games in five seasons all with the Minnesota Wild. His 274 points is a Wild franchise record. He has compiled 68 career multi-point games and has eight hat tricks in his career. Marian Gaborik is also the first member of a Wild club to play in the NHL All-Star Game when he went in 2002. In the game, he scored a goal and had two assists, earning a second star of the game honor.
In the off-season, Marian Gaborik lives back home in Trencin, Slovakia. “Gabby” opened an arena in his hometown of Trencin for kids to get more ice time. He loves to play on the road in Vancouver and his favorite team to play against is the Los Angeles Kings. He thinks Zdeno Chara is the toughest player to play against in the NHL. Gaborik’s brother Brano is a scout for the Minnesota Wild.
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