Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal is playing for Czech Republic at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
OLYMPIC EXPERIENCE: This is Hanzal's first appearance at the Olympics.
OTHER INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE:
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2008: Collected three assists in six games for the Czech Republic at the IIHF World Championship in Halifax and Quebec City.
2007: Represented Czech Republic at the IIHF World Junior Championship in Sweden…Finished with 2-1-3 in six games.
2006: Registered two assists in six games for Czech Republic at IIHF World Junior Championship in British Columbia.
2005: Posted 4-3-2 and was a plus-7 in seven games at IIHF U-18 World Championship in the Czech Republic…Was named to the tournament All-Star Team.
FUN FACT: Hanzal has vivid memories of celebrating with his parents when Czech Republic won the gold medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics.Click "Full Story" below to read more.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Over the next several days, Phoenix Coyotes Co-Owner George Gosbee will be in Sochi, Russia to take in the 2014 Winter Olympics, especially the men's hockey tournament, in which five Coyotes players will be participating. Each day or so, Gosbee will check in with flagship radio station Arizona Sports 98.7 FM and will post on his Twitter - follow him @Goz100. We'll also keep fans updated here in a Goz Blog from Sochi.
Day 2 (Tuesday, February 11):
"It's beautiful outside today (and I am) at the Bolshoy Ice Rink and looking at palm trees. It’s kind of weird, but can’t complain. (The Bolshoy Ice Dome) may be the nicest hockey rink I think I’ve ever been in."
|Co-Owner George Gosbee spent Tuesday at the Bolshoy Ice Dome, taking in several team practices.|
The US practice (I watched) was pretty intense and arguably they have the hardest qualification round...The US vs. Russia game (Sunday) is the game to watch. That’s the one circled on everyone’s calendars.
My sleeper team is Slovakia."
Yesterday (Monday), I went to the long track speed skating and then just hung out down around the village and tried to get a lot of the atmosphere. It seems like half the people are up in the mountains trying to watch Shaun White get his third straight (gold) medal."
Tonight, I think I’ll hang out at the (US) hockey house before I crash for the night."
AUDIO: Listen to Gosbee's report on 98.7 FM from Tuesday morning.
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Coyotes players Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Martin Hanzal, Lauri Korpikoski, Zbynek Michalek and Mike Smith will compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
GLENDALE – Head Coach Dave Tippett has advice for the five Coyotes who will compete for their countries over the next few weeks at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia:
“Just make sure you enjoy it all.”
Coyotes players Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Sweden), Martin Hanzal and Zbynek Michalek (Czech Republic), Lauri Korpikoski (Finland), and Mike Smith (Canada) are in Sochi and eager for the hockey tournament to start on Wednesday.
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Tippett knows plenty about the Olympic experience. He twice played for Canada – in 1984 and 1992. He and his teammates won a silver medal in ’92 but did not medal in ’84.
“The Olympic experience is something special,” Tippett said. “My advice to those guys would be to enjoy the Games but focus on the task at hand because, speaking from personal experience, to go to the Olympics and not get a medal is very frustrating. That was the main motivating factor for me to get back at it again because we lost in the bronze medal game in ‘84 and came away from there very disappointed. When you go to the Olympics, your goal is to win gold and if not gold to get a medal. So you’ve got to take care of the task at hand as well as enjoy the situation.”
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ALSO SEE: Co-Owner George Gosbee's blog from Sochi - Goz Blog